STK-ID 12852

Newspaper headlines re: inauguration. PAN over airfield, spectators, tents, aircraft. A Ford trimotor taxis to a stop. Shots of a Junkers monoplane, pilots posing in foreground. A monocoupe is shown parked and taxiing. Mr Desbarat, Deputy Minister of Defence and his wife, Major Barrie and flight officer Rose pose in front of an aircraft. Various shots of people mailing airmail letters at field post office. TILT UP and TILT DOWN of mooring mast for dirigibles and HAS of field from top of mast. SL Tudhope stands on platform directing proceedings. Mail plane from Albany lands. Post Master General Venoit shakes hands with pilot. Mail is loaded into another aircraft and Captain Bondurand takes off for Toronto. Pilot Ayres flies in from Rimouski with mail. Victor Gaudet introduces speakers. Shots of Mayor Camillien Houde and of Venoit speaking. Houde welcomes party from the United States including American Ambassador William Phillips. Phillips is shown speaking. A bear cub, a gift from Houde to Jimmy Walker of New York, is loaded into an aircraft which taxis off. A Ford trimotor takes people for rides round the airport. A number of aircraft take off for a race. MS of Siskin fighter. Shots of some excellent aerobatics, simulated bombing attacks by Siskin planes. Final sequence showing two women dressed in height of fashion boarding plane for return trip to Ottawa. Plane leaving.


Excerpt from
Inauguration of Airmail Service
National Film Board
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Digital Bétacam, Reel 35 mm, Digital Video Disk
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35mm fine grain b&w
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