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Looping the Loop at Hendon
Looping the Loop at Hendon

Looping the Loop at Hendon 1914


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Looping the Loop at Hendon 1914

1 mins United Kingdom

The two stars of this film, Gustav Hamel and Bentfield Hucks, were airborne celebrities, famous for pioneering stunts like 'looping the loop' - first performed by Hucks at Hendon the year before this was shot. This thrilling Topical Budget newsreel item shows the plane's dynamic take-off and the 'loop' itself, rounding off with a portrait shot of the dashing pair safely back on the ground.

Both Hucks and Hamel died tragically young. Hamel, who was also famous for delivering the first official airmail in 1911, disappeared over the English Channel just two months after this film was shot, while Hucks caught pneumonia and didn't live to see the end of the First World War.

Digitisation supported by the London Topographical Society




Stunt flying Hendon


The London Topographical Society 1914 on Film




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