• Short Summary

    Providing an air defence warning in the Florida Straits are a detachment of aircraft which are virtually 'flying radar stations'.

  • Description

    1.
    GV Crew leaving Defence Command Building
    0.03

    2.
    SCU Sign "Aerospace Defence Command"
    0.05

    3.
    SV Crewmen climb aboard, take up positions
    0.11

    4.
    SV Engine starts
    0.13

    5.
    SV INTERIOR..man operates radar equipment
    0.16

    6.
    GV Aircraft takes off
    0.21

    7.
    SCU Man operating equipment
    0.24

    8.
    AIR TO AIR..patrol aircraft in flight
    0.26

    9.
    SCU Radar being operated on aircraft
    0.27

    10.
    SCU Man operating radio
    0.30

    11.
    SCU Man plotting chart
    0.34

    12.
    SCU Man avoiding radar tracking
    0.37

    13.
    GROUND TO AIR.. air force ground station
    0.38

    14.
    SCU Communications Centre receives alert call
    0.40

    15.
    SV INTERIOR..Interceptor pilots scramble
    0.42

    16.
    GV Interceptor aircraft takes off
    0.43

    17.
    AIR TO AIR..patrol aircraft in flight
    0.45

    18.
    CU Unknown aircraft being plotted radar screen
    0.48

    19.
    CU Interceptor aircraft
    0.50

    20.
    CU Plotting on radar chart continues
    0.51

    21.
    AIR TO AIR.. interceptor identifies unknown
    0.54

    22.
    AIR TO AIR..Patrol aircraft continues on course
    0.58

    23.
    SV Crewmen continue working inside
    1.01

    24.
    GV Patrol aircraft in flight
    1.05



    Initials CM/AE/ES



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Providing an air defence warning in the Florida Straits are a detachment of aircraft which are virtually 'flying radar stations'.

    They average eight to eleven hours in the air on each mission, searching out and tracking down aircraft approaching the United States coast, and enabling interceptor jets to deal with intruders.

    The radar aircraft, stationed at McCoy Air Force Base, Florida are attached to a United States Early Warning and Control Squadron.

    Each of these "flying radar stations" is known affectionately to its crew as "Connie", and officially as a "Warning Star" type of aircraft.

    When an "unknown" is declared, a ground station is notified, and supersonic jet interceptor aircraft scramble from the nearest United States air defence base. The jets are directed by'Connie'to locate the intruder, and when the "unknown" is found to be friendly, as in this film, the jets return to their home base.

  • Tags

  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAEORWXLZU22J3OJ0D5NC2F20LQ
    Media URN:
    VLVAEORWXLZU22J3OJ0D5NC2F20LQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/09/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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