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September 8, 2010

British Pathé newsreels now online

Thanks to Mark McDonald who wrote, "The British Pathé newsreels [1896–1976] are online now at britishpathe.com. 90,000 clips (about 3,500 hours worth)."

Fair warning: there goes the day.

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Note added at 5:09 p.m. today — reader antares just commented as follows:

"The clip shown is not of the first flight at Kitty Hawk. No motion picture cameras were there that day. Only a handful of still pictures exist from the Wright Brothers first day of flight. The first Wright flyer used a cradle to control the wing warp; the pilot lay prone in the cradle. The flyer shown has a seat for the pilot. It is the flyer the Wrights took to Paris. Orville and Wilbur -- lambasted in the French press -- hosted a flying demonstration near Le Mans, France, 08 August 1908. The clip is from that day. The gentlemen wearing armbands you see in the clip came from the Aero Club de France and the Federation Aeronautique Internationale. The narrator says many had problems building a 'stable' flying machine. This is wrong. Santos-DuMont built a stable machine. It could only fly straight ahead. The Wrights knew the problem was to build a CONTROLLABLE flying machine."

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Note added at 5:58 p.m. today — Mark McDonald just emailed me as follows:

To respond to the comment, the clip you have embedded from YouTube is from a BBC/British Pathé co-production series.

The metadata against the clips on the site are the result of a huge pile of work around restoration, recovery of documents and tenacity of the archivists involved.

There is a "History of British Pathé" currently in production at the BBC which will cover the history of the organisation right up to the present day.

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Thanks antares, one wonders how much of history is imagination....

Posted by: Joe Peach | Sep 8, 2010 6:07:34 PM

The clip shown is not of the first flight at Kitty Hawk. No motion picture cameras were there that day. Only a handful of still pictures exist from the Wright Brothers first day of flight.

The first Wright flyer used a cradle to control the wing warp; the pilot lay prone in the cradle. The flyer shown has a seat for the pilot. It is the flyer the Wrights took to Paris.

Orville and Wilbur -- lambasted in the French press -- hosted a flying demonstration near Le Mans, France, 08 August 1908. The clip is from that day. The gentlemen wearing armbands you see in the clip came from the Aero Club de France and the Federation Aeronautique Internationale.

The narrator says many had problems building a 'stable' flying machine. This is wrong. Santos-DuMont built a stable machine. It could only fly straight ahead. The Wrights knew the problem was to build a CONTROLLABLE flying machine.

Posted by: antares | Sep 8, 2010 5:07:13 PM

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