France Date:1918 Duration:2 min 42 sec Sound:NO SOUND
A French ground crewman hands small bombs to another man who stores them in the cockpit of a French bi-wing hydroplane (seaplane) during World War 1. The aircraft is equipped with a large open raeial engine. The propeller appears to be split with one segment in front of the lower wing and the other behind it. Change of scene shows a foldable seaplane suspended from cranes on the deck of a French warship. Crewmen fold the wings aft. Closeup of the aircraft and men rotating the propeller. Next the plane is seen in the water on its pontoons as a pilot standing in the open cockpit fastens an overhead cable to the plane. Aerial view of a convoy of several ships seen from an overflying airplane. A naval port facility seen from the air. Back to the Naval hydroplane, again, as it its being raised from the water by a crane. The pilot stands on one of the large flat main pontoons. Closeup of the plane and pilot as they are lifted high above the water level and deck hands pull the plane over the ship's deck.
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