Paris Beginnings: Over 100yrs Of Aviation History On Pathe Film

Pathe News: Over 100yrs of Aviation on FilmAs the Aviation world turns its attention to the Paris Air Show this week – and we all view streams of 21st century digital media – watching the very first, grainy black and white film of Aviation Pioneers seems well timed, because it all began in that 1890s city when Charles Pathé pioneered the development of moving images.

What a difference you’ll see!

In London by 1902, Pathé was producing their famous bi-weekly newsreel the Pathé Gazette by 1910 and after the First World War they started producing various Cinemagazines as well.

Click to watch the Wright Brothers and their Flying Machine in 1908

By 1930 Pathé were producing the Gazette, the Pathetone Weekly, the Pathé Pictorial and Eve’s Film Review, covering entertainment, culture and womens’ issues.

Click to watch ‘The’ Concorde’s Development in 1966

When Pathé finally stopped producing cinema newsreels in 1970 they had accumulated 3500 hours of filmed history, amounting to over 90,000 individual items.

You can view them all – and more Aviation History at British Pathé (no sign ups needed) – or bring your relationship with Paris right up to date by visiting the 50th International Paris Air Show site.

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