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Contact (1933)


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After conquering the sea, road and rail, man has finally mastered the air. An aeroplane is constructed in stages from draughtsmen at drawing boards, assembly of raw materials, construction of individual parts, inspection, repairs, cleaning and fuel supplies.

Airways have been growing continuously in foreign countries, and constant communication is maintained between aeroplanes and airports. Airmail letters and suitcases are weighed and loaded onto the plane, which is towed to the airfield. Passengers arrive. Preparations are made for take-off. Passengers and crew board the plane. Suitcases are loaded, and the stairs are taken away. The plane takes off.

The plane flies through the clouds, over seas, swamps and deserts. Sights en route include Karnak, Greek temples, the Pyramids and Sphinx in Egypt, fishermen casting nets at Galilee, the palaces of Ctesiphon, the ruined walls of Babylon, the ancient Arab city of Baghdad, a camel train, donkeys, a street market, wood carving, and oxen tilling the soil.

The plane flies to southern Africa, observing Cape Town, Cecil Rhodes' home, the mountains of the Rands, crocodiles, African natives, treetop huts, drumming, herds of game giraffes, lions, the foothills of Kenya, the plantations of Sisal, camels, the Nile, the Mediterranean, the Greek islands, and finally England, where the plane ultimately lands.