Description:A Short 184 some distance away from the camera comes in to land, then takes off. A PV5 seaplane taxies through the harbour, increasing speed to keep ahead of the camera boat. A Short 184 taxies around the harbour throwing up a lot of spray, weaving between the small boats. A King Edward Class battleship and a Gem Class light cruiser are in the background. The seaplane finally takes off. The Short 184 number N1081 on trestles on land showing that it is fitted with standard floats, followed by the same machine taxiing through the water. The view from the rear cockpit of the seaplane over the tail as it taxies. The Fairey N9 seaplane (a prototype version of the Fairey FIII) is also shown taxiing, then stationary and moving off, then coming in to land.The Felixstowe F2A flying boat N4484 is wheeled out of its hangar by the groundcrew, which has to turn the aircraft completely sideways. A second flying boat, the Felixstowe F3 number N4308 is taken down the ramp towards the sea. Another of the flying boats, probably a Felixstowe F2 but with no markings, is also taken down the ramp. The third flying boat comes back to land after a patrol. The camera boat circles round it, the camera going out of focus as it does so. The Felixstowe taxies and takes off, then comes back in to land again.
I. Seaworthiness trials of Short and Fairey seaplanes, probably Isle of Grain, 1918.II. The launch of Felixstowe flying boats at Felixstowe naval base, 12 November 1918.
Keywords:EFG1914 / World War I / Royal Navy / World War, 1914-1918 -- Naval operations, British / Royal Air Force / Air warfare / Royal Navy / World War, 1914-1918 -- Naval operations, British / Royal Air Force / Air warfare / aircraft, British naval - seaplane: Short 184 / aircraft, British naval - seaplane: PV5 / aircraft, British naval - seaplane: Fairey N9 / aircraft, British naval - seaplane: Fairey FIII & [R and D] / ships, British naval - battleship: King Edward VII Class / ships, British naval - cruiser: Gem Class / aircraft, British naval - seaplane: Felixstowe flying boat / operations, British naval air - preparation / operations, British naval air - return / 31/3(41) / First World War, Armistice & 12/11/1918 / Isle of Grain, Kent, England, UK / Thames (River Estuary), England, UK / GB, England & Felixstowe, Suffolk