Miles Aircraft School Issue Title Is Pathe… 1947

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    Miles Aircraft School, Woodley Aerodrome, Reading, Berkshire.

    Various shots of young people walking about the school grounds, one boy rides a bicycle marked "technical school". The students are training to become aircraft designers. The school looks like air base, lots of long low huts. Various shots of four students looking at a weather chart from roof of hut. C/U of Josanne Adlard, one of the female students.

    Various shots of students going into hut. Various shots of young people working in the laboratory. We see student, Peter Elwes, operating model wind tunnel.

    Various shots of young men and women at work in the drawing office. They are doing technical drawing and designs of aircraft. Chief Designer G. H. Miles and Chief Draughtsman Peter Child (also a student) supervise.

    Various shots of meeting of students' production board with headmaster, Walter Evans.

    Various shots of students in hanger working on aeroplane "The Venture". Several young women work in assembly shop, including Barbara Beaven. Aeroplane designer and school founder Mrs. F. G. Miles is seen on tour of inspection. Various shots of students working on aeroplane engine, including more girls and several foreign students (one is Asian, another is named as Gunther Biermann from Czechoslovakia).

    Note: great shots of young women training to do a job conventionally thought of as male.

    Amendment Jan 2011:
    Content of this video is referenced in the book 'Miles Aircraft since 1925' by Don Brown. The girl at the drafting machine also appears on - in their archive, Flight Magazine 18th April 1946, pages 398-9

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    01:33:25:00 / 01:37:23:00
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