Driving his own Lagonda, Prince Philip the Duke Of Edinburgh went yesterday to the Vehicle Research and Demonstration Establishment at Chertsey, known as the FVIRE.
LV. Signpost "F.V.R.D.E".
SV. Main gate and words on sign. "FIGHTING VEHICLE RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT ESTABLISHMENT".
SV. Car carrying Duke towards camera and past it.
TDS.Int The Duke accompanied by Mr. A.E.H.MASTERS Director of the Establishment and Major-General J.G. COWLEY walking past thanks.
CU. Card on tank "Conqueror MK.2.".
Angle Shot:- Duke climbs onto tank and looks into gun turret.
SV. "Conqueror Mk.2." Tank.
SV.Pan- From Duke to cut away demonstration - reclining tank driving seat.
SV. Soldier climbs into seat.
Rear Near Pan:- Soldier pulls down hatch, pan to Duke and Officials.
SV.Pan Duke and Officials looking at Thunderbird Guided Weapon.
CU. Thunderbird Guided Weapon on Luncheon stand.
SV. Duke talks to Sgt. THEDDLE who is operating a Milling Machine in workshop.
CU. Sign "Slope NO.4.".
CU. Duke and Officials on stand at top of Test Slope.
Side Y. Tank climbing slope.
CU. Duke looking on.
Down shot.-Motor-cyclist up slope.
Down shot.-Land Rover climbs slope.
SCU. Duke and Officials.
Side V. Lorry across "Suspension Testing Area".
Side V. Armoured car across "Suspension Testing Area".
Side V. Army Fire Engine across "Suspension Testing Area".
Angle V. Duke climbs into Aroung car.
CU. Maj-General. COWLEY. talks to Duke through drivers' vizor.
SV. Armoured car driven by the Duke starts off.
LV. Armoured car along road.
SV. Armoured car towards camera.
LV. Duke climbs out of car - steps down to ground.
SV. The Centurion Mobile Bridge being raised.
SV.Pan Up span of bridge - down to Duke and Party.
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Background: Driving his own Lagonda, Prince Philip the Duke Of Edinburgh went yesterday to the Vehicle Research and Demonstration Establishment at Chertsey, known as the FVIRE.
After inspecting a Conqueror Mark 11 Tank, the Duke climbed inside and 'saw for himself' - a characteristic of this most interested and probing man. He watched with avid interest again as a driving sergeant performed the difficult manoeuvre of getting himself into the reclining driving seat.
After examining the Thunder Bird Guided Weapon on its launcher/loader, the Duke had conversation with Sgt Keddle of Newcastle operating a milling machine, before seeing the Saladin Armoured car which later the Duke drove at speeds up to 40 m.p.h.
Possibly the most spectacular part of the display presented to him was the Centurion Mobile Bridge which, though 52 feet long, can hoist itself vertical from one end, through an arc of 90 degrees. There was much interest, too, in the suspension proving ground on which vehicles are driver at varying speeds over concrete studs let into the ground, something like Belgian pave. Finally a Centurion Tank, a jeep, and a motor cycle demonstrated how easily they could all climb a 30 degree incline (1 in 1.73)