IWM Film website upgrade: self-selection and authorised download of HD clips. More info
By continuing to use this site without changing your cookie settings,
and for us to access our cookies on your device.
Title:UNIVERSAL TALKING NEWS (1930) - A NINE TON BULLET [Main Title]
Film Number:IWM 880-01e
Summary: Newsreel item on experiments in launching aircraft by means of a steam catapult at Farnborough, 1930.
Description: A Vickers Virginia bomber is set up to be fired from one of the catapults. First, a pilot gets into a smaller aircraft, a Fairey IIIF (not a seaplane) which is launched by one version of the catapult, and goes on to overfly the airfield.
Production Details: Universal (Production company)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Royal Air Force (regiment/service)
Keywords: aircraft, British - combat: Vickers Virginia & [R and D] (object name)
aircraft, British - combat: Fairey IIIF (object name)
engineering, military, British (object name)
GB, England & Farnborough, Hants <airfield> (geography)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W
Sound format: Silent
Soundtrack language: None
Title language: English
Subtitle language: None
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 164 ft; Running time: 3 mins
Notes: Summary: despite the production company name, this item is silent, not mute. But see also IWM 880-01h
Technical: this item is held on a single reel with films IWM 880-01a to IWM 880-01h. The can is marked as IWM 880-01