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    World War One. Royal Air Force recruits stand to attention then "at ease". Man forces propeller around as aeroplane's engine started up. Men salute and collect their pay (?) from a desk where two Officers are seated. C/U of recruit smiling and waving his money. Lorry pulls up outside an aircraft hanger. Men run towards it then load an engine aboard. A biplane with its nose on the ground is inspected by its pilot.

    A man pushes a motorbike in front of a shed. Cut to him arriving on the bike at an open shed where men sit at desks typing and doing paperwork. Motorcycle man salutes and hands over a document. Men carry a wooden box in the shape of a cross to a lorry and load it on the back. Two lorries speed down a track. They arrive at the crashed plane. The men jump out and bodily lift the nose of the aircraft until the plane is upright. The propeller is taken off. New propeller taken out of the box. C/U of pilot getting into his cockpit. Propeller is turned until engine starts up. Plane moves off.

    Men busy at work repairing, painting etc. aircraft parts. Interior of hanger, men inspect several planes (very dark shots). Seaplane on the water. Shot from a boat which tows the plane (unusual shot). Man in cockpit waves, another man standing on one of the "feet" of the plane signals with flags. There is another seaplane behind them. Drill practice.

    Shot of men "in civvies" standing in a line (new recruits?). Officers talk to one of the men. Men are given their kit bags and uniforms. Men in uniform stand to attention and are inspected by Officers. Men stand outside at long benches washing their faces with bowls of water. They laugh and smile at the camera. March past in uniform. Man at a drawing board. Men at work building aircraft outside hanger.

    Note: part of the film seems to be a narrative sequence edited "in camera".

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    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1910 - 1919
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    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Film ID:
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:47:04:00 / 01:56:01:00
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  • Appears in...

    Travel & Exploration War & Revolution
    Lou WWI Films WATT Bedlam - WWI Top Gun Untitled Workspace WWI WWI General Airliners & USS Lexington Planes WW1 - Royal Air Force Zeppelin group Documentaries (1976) Documentary warning Long documentary A detailed look
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