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Airplane Casualties

Airplane Casualties

| 6 min

This short film from 1918 shows various types of footage involving aircraft. An aircraft moves down the runway and takes off. Three planes in formation are seen from the air. Viewed from the cockpit, a pilot is at the controls. A hydroplane gets ready to land in a British port. Seen from the air, bombs fall on the battlefield. An enemy plane is pursued by fire from an anti-aircraft battery, while another spirals down and crashes on the ground. Canadian aviators pose proudly for the camera while an American crew attaches bombs to an aircraft.

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    Walter Buckstone


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Ages 12 to 17

History - World War I
Media Education - Documentary Film
Media Education - Film and Video Production

An introduction to aviation history. Essay topics: World War I aircraft; the bi-plane: its development and uses; the hydroplane: its invention and uses. Discuss the advantages of having access to this kind of archival footage. Suggest a more appropriate name for this film.

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