The Chief of Staff of the West German Air Force flew into Filton to-day to be briefed on development progress of the engine for Europe's new Multi Role Combat Aircraft.
Arrival of Andover of Queen's Flight with visitors aboard.
C.U. of Emblem of Queen's Flight.
Door opening & steps being lowered.
General disembarks. Greeted by R.T. Whitfield.
Sir Denis Spotswood, Marshal of the R.A.F.
G.V.s of greetings.
Frau. Limberg talking to Sir Denis.
Gen. Limberg, Whitfield, Spotswood walking to waiting cars.
Party walking to cars.
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Background: The Chief of Staff of the West German Air Force flew into Filton to-day to be briefed on development progress of the engine for Europe's new Multi Role Combat Aircraft.
Lieutenant General Gerhard Limberg, who was accompanied by the British Air Attache in Bonn, Air Commodore Martin, as well as members of his personal staff, was met on arrival at Rolls-Royce's flight Test Centre at Filton by Mr. Ray Whitfield, Managing Director of the Bristol Engine Division of Rolls-Royce, Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir Denis Spotswood, Vice Chairman of Rolls-Royce and Director of Military Marketing, and other senior executives of the Company.
The RB 199 turbofan engine, which powers the MRCA, is built by Turbo-Union Limited, a consortium company comprising Rolls-Royce in the United Kingdom, MTU in West Germany and Fist in Italy.
The United Kingdom element of the project is centred at the Patchway works of the Bristol Engine Division of Rolls-Royce.
Some 800 MRCA aircraft are to be built initially for the Armed Forces of Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom. This is the largest production run of ra military aircraft ever undertaken in Europe. Both the German Air Force nd Navy will be equipped with the MRCA.
During the course of his visit, General Limberg toured the production and development shops of the Division and also went to the British Aircraft Corporation's Filton works to view Concorde production.