• Short Summary

    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.

  • Description

    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)

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    Film ID:
    VLVAD8G6LH6PS8SA0AOXFMRVNYWID
    Media URN:
    VLVAD8G6LH6PS8SA0AOXFMRVNYWID
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/04/1958
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:42:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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