Does a copy of the silent film The Sky Raider (1925) still exist? – apparently not

I have been trying to find a copy of the silent film The Sky Raider (1925) staring the famous French ace Charles Nungesser. Does the movie still exist?

I have so far only been able to find this 2.36 minute extract, with the text in Dutch: Bits & Pieces Nr. 15 (The Sky Raider) – YouTube

Is there a complete copy of the movie anywhere?


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P.S.: I just found on IMDBPro where it is saying under “details” that “No print of this film is known to exist.”


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Christopher A. Lawrence
Christopher A. Lawrence

Christopher A. Lawrence is a professional historian and military analyst. He is the Executive Director and President of The Dupuy Institute, an organization dedicated to scholarly research and objective analysis of historical data related to armed conflict and the resolution of armed conflict. The Dupuy Institute provides independent, historically-based analyses of lessons learned from modern military experience.
Mr. Lawrence was the program manager for the Ardennes Campaign Simulation Data Base, the Kursk Data Base, the Modern Insurgency Spread Sheets and for a number of other smaller combat data bases. He has participated in casualty estimation studies (including estimates for Bosnia and Iraq) and studies of air campaign modeling, enemy prisoner of war capture rates, medium weight armor, urban warfare, situational awareness, counterinsurgency and other subjects for the U.S. Army, the Defense Department, the Joint Staff and the U.S. Air Force. He has also directed a number of studies related to the military impact of banning antipersonnel mines for the Joint Staff, Los Alamos National Laboratories and the Vietnam Veterans of American Foundation.
His published works include papers and monographs for the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment and the Vietnam Veterans of American Foundation, in addition to over 40 articles written for limited-distribution newsletters and over 60 analytical reports prepared for the Defense Department. He is the author of Kursk: The Battle of Prokhorovka (Aberdeen Books, Sheridan, CO., 2015), America’s Modern Wars: Understanding Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam (Casemate Publishers, Philadelphia & Oxford, 2015), War by Numbers: Understanding Conventional Combat (Potomac Books, Lincoln, NE., 2017) , The Battle of Prokhorovka (Stackpole Books, Guilford, CT., 2019), The Battle for Kyiv (Frontline Books, Yorkshire, UK, 2023), Aces at Kursk (Air World, Yorkshire, UK, 2024), Hunting Falcon: The Story of WWI German Ace Hans-Joachim Buddecke (Air World, Yorkshire, UK, 2024) and The Siege of Mariupol (Frontline Books, Yorkshire, UK, 2024).
Mr. Lawrence lives in northern Virginia, near Washington, D.C., with his wife and son.

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  1. An interesting book is Five Years in the Royal Flying Corps, 1918 subsequently titled Flying Fury, by James Byford McCudden VC, RFC/RAF ace second only to Mick Mannock VC now regarded has the highest scoring commonwealth pilot. I have my fathers 1939 copy, he got from his uncle in the RAF before he to joined the RAF.
    Also if you can find a copy The personal diary of Major Edward Mick Mannock. 1966

    Their lives were covered by a famous BBC time watch documentary WW1 Aces Falling

  2. Survival status: The film is presumed lost.

    Current rights holder: Public domain [USA].

    So, if you find it then you can show it for free!

    Wonder whether a copy was lost with the pilot in the Atlantic Ocean.

    You’ll have to do some diving!

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