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    Item comparing 1920's aeroplanes with Wright Brothers' planes.

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    This is part of a Pathe progress story contrasting the modern aeroplanes of the late 1920's with Wright Brothers' early planes.

    CU from behind Wright plane ready to take off; it taxis on three small wheels; a few men walking or running after it. Cut to shot of another Wright plane flying at low altitude over muddy field. Then shot of plane flying higher; towards camera.

    Rotating wipe; changes to shot of bizarre craft, looks like passenger plane with windows along sides but is moving in the water; 4 front propellers spinning. Next a big 4-propeller biplane on ground at airfield. Closer shot from front of the shiny metallic plane. CU from just behind wings and propellers. Side view nose; cockpit; portable stairs under plane door.

    Title - 'The Pathe Gazette now takes you back to 1903 to see one of Wilbur Wright's first flights to enable you to realise aviation's giant progress in 24 years'.

    (Film may actually be from as 1909). CU as Wilbur Wright attaches wheels to plane; or really; tilts plane to lean on wheels. A few men turn aeroplane around. Two men turn the propellers. CU Wilbur Wright and another man climb into the aeroplane.

    Shot from behind; weight dropping in tower; which propels the plane forward along a rail. (This is like a physics lesson!). MS as aeroplane takes off. Several men stand in the field watching. Shots of plane flying at low altitude around the field (same as earlier in this story). Flying 100 feet high. Skimming just over the ground.

    ***Wright footage: see also ON 401 J.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Old negatives
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1900 - 1920
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:16:47:00 / 01:18:55:00
    ON 393 F

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  1. Unknown user says

    at 00.20 the aircraft shown is a PanAmerican Airways Sikorski S42 flying boat taxying on water

    at 00.24 on airfield (probably Croydon): long range rear view of large 4 engined biplane Short L.17 "Scylla" (G-ACJJ); exiting to right is aircraft with 3 vertical stabilisers- probably a Handley Page HP 42/45

    at 00.27.0 front view and the CU rear view: the same Short L.17 Scylla of British Imperial Airways (Only two were built and flew from March 1934: "Scylla" (G-ACJJ)- wrecked in 1940; "Syrinx" - scrapped in 1940). Both aircraft flew scheduled flights from London(Croydon) to Paris and other European cities

    00.35.0 three aircraft shown
    in foreground: the Short L.17 Scylla
    In background: Armstrong Whitworth 154 Argosy of British Imperial Airways
    in middle ground (and taxying): possibly a Ford Tri-Motor

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