Windmill Squadron 1958

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    Royal Naval Air Station, Lee-on-the-Solent, Hampshire.

    A group of girls from the Windmill Theatre arrive by a De Havilland DH.89A Dragon Rapide plane to christen some Westland Whirlwinds helicopters which have been named after them. The girls totter down the steps of the aircraft and walk across the tarmac. The 820 squadron is nicknamed "The Windmill Squadron" and the girls are introduced to some of the naval officers and men. Yvette Davies christens the helicopter named after her with a bottle of champagne then autographed it with lipstick. The girls are presented with bunches of flowers and badges by some of the HMS Albion navy boys.

    Paperwork currently missing for this issue.

    The pilot of the Rapide is named as Zita / Zeta Irwin (sp?) but we do not see him (or her!) - no paperwork to confirm spelling.

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    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    01/12/1958
    Sound:
    sound
    Media URN:
    1349
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Film ID:
    83.03
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration
    00:01:42:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:15:45:00 / 01:17:27:00
    Canister:
    CP 205
    Sort Number:
    CP 205
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  • The aircraft the ladies arrive in is a De Havilland DH.89A Dragon Rapide, Reg. No. G-AKSD, named "Windmill Girl".

    The sailors seen are from HMS Albion.

    The helicopters are all Westland Whirlwinds. The five Windmill Girls they were named after were Yvette Davies, (seen in this clip), Xenia Scott, Zoe Allen, Terry Keighley and Victoria Peterson.........

    www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1
    958/1958 - 0589.html

    jamied 9th May 2012
  • CORRECTION: "Victoria Peterson" in my notes should read Victoria Patterson.

    jamied 9th May 2012
  • Thanks.

    British Pathé 20th Jun 2012
  • I was the Naval Airman Safety Equipment(SE3). I am the far youngster carrying the flowers at the end of the clip

    Gordon Parkes 27th Aug 2014

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