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Inauguration of Inverness Airport

Opening of Inverness Municipal Airport in 1933

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This film records the opening of Inverness Municipal Airport by His Grace the Duke of Sutherland in 1933. This was the original Inverness Airport which was located on Longman airstrip just outside Inverness. John Tranum (Champion Parachutist) arrives by car after losing train connection at Pitlochry. The film features shots of general antics on the airfield as someone in "drag"(a man dressed as a woman) is bundled into a Gypsy Moth bi-plane, which then takes off, performs a few stunts and then lands.

Questions & Activities


  • Why would an airport be useful to the Highlands?
  • Where would they be flying to?
  • How do planes fly?
  • What does Municipal mean?
  • How did people travel before planes?


Drama / Media Studies: Create the missing scene of the parachute jump. Use animation to show what happened.

Technologies: Research how parachutes work.

Art and Design: Create a poster advertising the opening ceremony.

English: Produce a piece of creative writing from the point of view of the performers, or person in the crowd, or the test pilots.

English: Write a letter that will be delivered by the plane. Who are you and what would you say?

History / Technologies /Science: Research aviation in Scotland, the development of planes and how flight works.

Technologies: Research how do gliders work and create your own glider/paper planes.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-002-097-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 0646A
Date 1933
Genre Local Topical
School Subject Technologies, History, Geography, English, Media Studies, Social Studies
Subject Matter Aviation
Who Malcolm "Pop' Roberts, Cinema Manager (commissioned by), Playhouse Cinema, Inverness (sponsor)
Where Inverness
Event Opening ceremony
Attributes Black and White, Silent
Clip Length 1:15
Film Length 03:00