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Harrogate, Glasgow, Renfrew Aerodrome

Take to the skies in this wonderful short amateur film from 1931 showing Glasgow city streets, Renfrew Aerodrome, Biggles-style flying gear and some flimsy looking planes.

Amateur film 1931 14 mins Silent

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Take to the skies in this wonderful short amateur film from Clifford Strain, showing Glasgow city streets and Renfrew Aerodrome in 1931. Watch in awe as a variety of flimsy looking planes put on a display for your delight and delectation, and meet elegant ladies and gentlemen in furs and Biggles-style flying gear. Climb on board for some spectacular aerial shots - and look out for the Queen Mary being built in the Clyde shipyards below. Unmissable.

Filmed by Clifford Strain, who worked as a photographer and film-maker during the 1930s. Previously working in the shipping industry, Clifford decided to pursue his long term interest in film and opened a studio in Glasgow, initially undertaking commercial photography and advertising films. He later worked as Assistant Director at the Gaumont British Picture Corporation in London, but after suffering health problems, Strain left the film business and established a successful tomato farm in Harrogate in 1937, which he ran until his retirement in 1960. The air display featured may have been Sir Alan Cobham’s Flying Circus, showcasing the potential of flight to the general public for the first time.