An item showing the versatility of wings both biological and mechanical.
A look at the evolution of wings. Probably filmed at Pathe studios, London.
M/S of aeroplanes flying in formation. A diagram shows how a lizard developed into a bird over millions of years. Compares arms with wing parts. M/S as aeroplanes fly overhead again. M/S of a seaplane. Various shots as a carrier pigeon delivers a message to soldiers. M/S of carrier pigeon flying away from the front line. A diagram shows a swallow and its wings, various shots of different fast birds. M/S's of an eagle and a vulture at London zoo. A diagram shows a wren sat on a flying owl. C/U of a real owl with a little girl. A man plays Icarus with his wings, he falls to the ground after flying too near the sun. M/S cartoon of a Brazilian deer fly, the fastest flying thing in the world. The cartoon shows it flying in front of a missile, asking if it has engine trouble.