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Title:THEORY OF FLIGHT - WITHOUT TEARS [Main Title]
Film Number:MTE 4052
Other titles:MINISTRY OF TECHNOLOGY COLLECTION [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Hand drawn stop-motion instructional cartoon, with hand written text, on the principles of streamlining, lift and drag. Drawn by Capt C R Fleming-Williams RAF to be shown to students at the School of Aeronautics.
Description: Reel One. Opening title card "Official Film Issued by The London Photo Centre RAF Goschen Buildings Henrietta St Covent Garden WC2" followed by hand drawn title "Theory of Flight - without tears by Fleming-Williams Capt RAF No 1 S of A" including a drawn image of the artist. Title card "Theory of Flight part 1 Streamline" using a combination of hand written text and hand drawn illustrations the film defines and details the principles of aircraft streamlining. The text includes "streamlining is to Aviation what a lifeline is to a drowning man". Reel Two. Title card "Theory of Flight part 2 Lift and Lift drag ratio" using a combination of hand written text and hand drawn illustrations the film defines and details the principles of lift and explains eddies, cambered wing design and the aerodynamic relationship between lift and drag. The text includes "Air is sometimes as beautiful as a dream, sometimes as ugly as a gargoyle: now as gentle as a baby, the next minute a raging lion. In other words Air is female".
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 2
Footage: 1559 ft; Running time; 10 mins
Notes: Technical: incomplete - parts 1 & 2 only.
Summary: Captain C R Fleming-Williams was a Chief Instructor at the Reading School of Aeronautics ca 1914-18, information provided by his son B C Fleming-Williams in a letter to the IWM dated 12 Jan 1984. This film was used in Fleming-Williams' lectures to students.
Summary: S of A refer to School of Aeronautics.
Related items: see also items by this artist held in the IWM Art Department collection.