• Short Summary

    Only six years ago, AUSTRALIA was a strange country to REINOLD WILLIMCZYK - a young migrant from GERMANY.

  • Description

    Only six years ago, AUSTRALIA was a strange country to REINOLD WILLIMCZYK - a young migrant from GERMANY. Now he's an AUSTRALIAN himself, training for an important role in his new country's defence. Flight-Lieutenant ROY COLLISON of the R-double-A-F is one of REINOLD's instructors at POINT COOK Flying base in VICTORIA. For years REINOLD had wanted to be a pilot -- an ambition shared by his companion here -- another GERMAN migrant HANS ROSER, who's a fellow trainee at POINT COOK.

    It's an age of jets now, but the fledgling pilot doesn't start right off in a jet plane. The staunch little WIRRAWAY still plays its part for the R-double-A-F -- as a trainer. REINOLD's at the controls.

    The WIRRAWAY once was AUSTRALIA's only fighter defence against the threat of invasion. Now it serves merely as a stepping stone to the sleek whining jets, for a new generation of pilots. And at POINT COOK it's an exciting day for these young pilots. Graduation Day -- the climax to an exacting course.

    The march-past begins. On this parade ground the AUSTRALIAN Flying Corps was born in World War One. Taking the salute is the Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice-Admiral Sir Roy DOWLING. It's a combined graduation for naval and Air Force trainees. A sergeant-pilot comes forward smartly for the proudest moment in his career.

    He's a real pilot at last. It's a dream realised for REINOLD WILLIMCZYK, in the land of his adoption.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA54TDQLX9FQGDY0NC1OYPA65PI
    Media URN:
    VLVA54TDQLX9FQGDY0NC1OYPA65PI
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/01/1957
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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