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  • Short Summary

    A seaplane, to compete in the Schneider Cup, is brought out on display at Southampton.

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    Item title reads: " To bring back the Schneider cup? Supermarine-Napier S5 and Gloster-Napier 4 - fastest machines ever built - Britain's "hopes" for great race at Venice in September. "Good luck to "The flying bullet's "pilots"."

    Southampton, Hampshire

    Racing mono-seaplane with large floats is wheeled from hanger. It is mounted on a trolley and is pushed by ground crew. It passes slowly in front of camera. Two men stand on floats and hand crank the propeller. M/S man seated in the aeroplane. The propeller turns slowly and then spins into motion. Second sequence shows biplane with floats wheeled from hangar, followed by front and side views with the engine running. Pilots in uniform pose for a photo with planes in the background, -they pilots laugh at a joke.

    Note: the aircraft looks modern, sleek and aerodynamic in design.

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    Film ID:
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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:16:55:00 / 01:19:10:00
    G 1423

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  1. Unknown user says

    This film was shot at RAF Calshot on Tuesday, 9 August 1927. The featured pilots were (from left to right): H M Schofield, O E Worsley, S N Webster, S M Kinkead and L H Slatter (in command of the High Speed Flight).

    The team were victorious at Venice on Monday, 26 September 1927 and their successors in the RAF High Speed Flight won the next two contests in 1929 and 1931, thus securing the Schneider Trophy permanently for Great Britain.

    Tragically, Flight Lieutenant Samuel Kinkead DSO DSC* DFC* was killed on Monday, 12 March 1928, at Calshot attempting to break the world speed record in his Supermarine-Napier seaplane N221.

    The story of Kink's adventurous life is summarised on this page of my website:

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