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To Ireland by Air (clip)

A new commercial route opens in 1933

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This film records the preparation and flilght of the commercial airline Midlands and Scottish Air Ferries Ltd from Renfrew Airport to Ireland and features shots of Renfrew airport where the plane is pulled out from the hangar and passengers board.
This clip features female pilot and aviation pioneer Winnie Drinkwater and another pilot as they pull the plane from the hanger.

Questions & Activities


  • What do you notice about the runway, airport, plane etc.?
  • Who is flying the plane and what is unusual about this?
  • How long do you think the flight to Ireland would take? How long does it take today?
  • How many people do you think the plane could hold? What do you think it would have been like to fly in the plane?
  • You see shots of people smoking near the plane - would this be allowed today.


History / Modern Studies / Gender: Research early flight and find out what other female flight pioneers existed. Find out about Scotland's pioneer Winnie Drinkwater. Present as website, report, talk, presentation.

English / Drama: Script a short dialogue about traveling on the plane; two people see that it's a woman pilot and have opposing views about this. What would they argue about?

Science and Technology: Research the technology of flight and find out when radar was invented and what effect this had on flying.

English / Expressive Arts : Create the advertising for this airline, Midland and Scottish Air Ferries Ltd, eg. design the tickets, posters, brochure and web page. Produce in the 1930s style.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-000-227-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 1322
Date 1933
Genre Amateur
School Subject History, Modern Studies, Gender Studies, English, Drama, Science, Technologies, Art and Design
Who Mr Dick (filmmaker)
Where Renfrew, Glasgow
Attributes Black and White, Silent
Clip Length 1:50
Film Length 13:33