Film: 7788

Aviation | 1950 | Silent | B/W


Bristol Brabazon.

Two men work a machine, One stands on top and the other stands on the ground to the side as a shuttle on the machine goes back and forth, they are outside in an open field, the machine is possibly used in the building of a runway. Trafalagar square, the National Gallery, double decker busses drive by, Nelson's column, an outline of a Bristol Brabazon plane is around the column, busy traffic and people walking. From above, the construction site of an airplane hangar , a crane and pilings sticking out of the ground, the hangar is partially built, this is the specially-built 8-acre assembly building adjoining a new, strengthened 8,000 ft. runway built for the development of the Bristol Brabazon by the Bristol Aeroplane Company ( BOAC ) begun in October 1945. Metal girders and steel frames of the large airplane storage facility? Constuction workers sit on the girders, towering above. A partially completed arch of the the hangar. A man works high above. Two men straddle the metal frame and work building the bridge. Three men climb scaffolding beside the structure, near one of the arches. Five men walk along the arch of the airplane building, they are tiny against the sky and high up, an elevator in the scaffolding moves upwards. A man works with a pick beside a gravel road in front of a partially completed airplane hangar, another man walks behind him on a partially completed runway, scratching his side. A man walks with a dog in front of a triple airplane hangar, a car drives behind them.
Men work on a circle of ? Bricks? On the floor, there are two circles, men move stones around on the outside of the circles, then the suspended skeletal body of an aircraft, the beginnings of the 177 ft. fuselage with 230 ft wingspan of the Bristol Brabazon. Two men carry a curved piece of wood towards the wooden outline of the airplane. Men work, sawing wood making measurements, behidn them in the hangar is the aircraft they are building. A large polygonal disc with a circle outlined inside it, two men adjust some of the outlining markers and then turn the huge disc together. Inside the skeleton of the aircraft, a large light directly opposite. The light from the window shines through the skeleton of the airplane, the cross struts blocking out some of the light. Two men in coveralls work on the partially completed cockpit of the the airplane. Three men work outside the body of the airplane laying in the supports for the plates of steel that will cover the body. A group of men adjust and lay down the body plating on the top of the airplane. Men work along the wing of the airplane, polishing the metal or securing more of the body, others sit on top of the wing and discuss measurements or other details. A man in a suit climbs out of a hole in the wing of the aircraft, perhaps where the engine should go, behind him, other men work at the wing construction. A man in overalls turns a bolt on the top of the wing with his fingers and then reaches into his pocket. Three men, two in suits, look at some papers and talk about them. One of the eight Bristol Centaurus 18-cylinder radial engines nested in pairs in the wing giant plane engines swings around. Three men push the trolley that the engine sits on away from us. The engine is lifted up on pulleys and suspended in the air, a man guides it from below and another from above. A man in a lab coat gestures forwards. A man guides the engine into its space. A worker uses a spanner to tighten a large bolt. Two airplane technicians work on the to pof the wing near one of the motor bays, another man works in one of the engine wells, then a motor in its bay, turned to the side. Two engines surrounded by their part of the wing. Men pull on the chains of a block and tackle as other men guide the wing flaps into position at the back of the wing. Part of the wing flap is slowly guided into place by the workers. Two workers climb up small ladders behind the massive undercarriage of the plane and the massive wheels of the landing gear. A man enters the door of the plane behind the sign 'No Unauthorised person allowed in this machine', several other men follow them. Through a door, a man in black overalls walks down the body of the plane. A man hangs a pair of head phones on a hook on a pillar in the plane he detaches a wire at the back of his neck and turns towards us. Two men, one in a white laboratory coat and the other sitting in a chair, look at a screen above a control pannel, possibly a radar machine inside the airplane. A man waits inside the door of the cockpit of the airplane, another man comes through the door and together they move to the front of the cockpit and look at the controls. An electrical switchboard, with wires runnign from plug to plug. Wires and cables strapped together, divided and strapped together again. Large cables plugged into their sockets. Insulated wires and cables strung up on the inside of the airplane. The tail and back wings of the airplane, with scaffolding still attached to it. From below, two men walk to wards the tail of the plane, still covered in scaffolding. They climb up on the scaffolding. The covered suports underneath the airplane near the propeller. Men pass things from one to another up a ladder, like a bucket brigade. A ingot of lead? Is passed up the stairs towards us, the man at the top turns into the plane, possibly to be used a ballast? The giant wheels underneath the plane, one slowly rises. The pointed end of an injector? Then the man carrying it, he moves under the plane body and with the help of another man puts it uprigh tunder the wing he stand son a stool and turns a small device on at the top of the instrument. The man's fingers spin the device on the rod at the top of the instrument. The rod stays upright, wedged under the wing, as the man bends down and takes a cable, which he then plugs into a part of the machine. The needle on an indicator dial moves as a man turns a nob on the machine. A thick pipe moves into the control panel underneath the airplane, the supports and wheels of the airplane, with tripods and other supports. A man looks up from underneath the airplane to the scaffolding surrounding the tail of the airplane and man suspended there, they give each other the thumbs up sign. Two men in long coats walk up to a table with instruments beside the building site and put the papers they are carrying on the table beside the boxes and sit down. One of the men adjusts dials ont eh boxes infront of him. A wavelength repeatedly moves across the screen in a strange pattern, it moves faster and faster as if around in a circle. The tail of the airplane surrounded by scaffold, then down to floor level, a man walks behind the plane, moving up the body of the plane, to the wings past the propellers to the long thin nose, workers move around it.
A man with a cricket bat? The doors of the hangar open at the front of the airplane's nose, a crowd waits outside, this is possibly the first test flight on 4 September, 1949. The tail of the airplane and then the thin body. Masses and masses of people, a huge crowd run into the hangar towards the plane. Moving towards the plane on the open tarmac. A massive crowd of people on the side of a hill, the British flag behind a podium where men in military uniform make a speech. The huge massive body of the plane, underneath men in work clothes, stand about. Men underneath the carraige of the plane push the wheel mechanism backwards. The mayor of Bristol?, either Percy Walter Cann (1949) or Fredrick Arthur Parish (1950). One of the major military men at the ceremony. The spectators run towards the aircraft as it sits in the hangar.

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