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    Visnews cameraman Bob Turner - who won the 1960 "Britannica Award" for his film of aerobatics by the famous No. 111 "Black Arrows" Squadron - visited the RAF station Middleton St George, County Durham, Apr 13, to film their successors in training.

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    Visnews cameraman Bob Turner - who won the 1960 "Britannica Award" for his film of aerobatics by the famous No. 111 "Black Arrows" Squadron - visited the RAF station Middleton St George, County Durham, Apr 13, to film their successors in training.

    No. 92 Squadron - the "Falcons" - are to take over the main RAF Fighter Command aerobatic commitment this year. They were selected from among Hunter squadrons to supersede the "Black Arrows", now re-equipped with Mach 2 Lightnings. The Falcons are at present commanded by Squadron Leader Brian Mercer who will lead the aerobatic team of nine aircraft.

    Squadron Leader Brian Mercer is a Lanash???, and his men come from far and wide. There is Flt-Lt Channing Biss, from Melbourne, Australia F.O. Anthony Aldridge, from Northern Rhodesia; F.O. Donald Oakden, from South Africa; Flt-Lt William Stoker, from Hongkong; and Flt-Lt Hamid Anwar, from India.

    The squadron has seen many battle-fields and many types of aircraft. In the First World War it was equipped with SE-5A single-seat scouts. Disbanded in 1919 and re-formed 20 years later, it started its new life with Blenheim night-fighters, then became the first squadron to fly cannon-armed Spitfires. Its last operational mission of World War Two - with bomb-carrying Spitfires - was on May 1, 1945.

    After another, very brief term of disbandment the Falcon graduated to Meteor twin-jet fighters in 1947, then to Sabres, and finally - in 1955 - to Hunters.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEPCLTSM3HRJ0CI02B2NR0N0I1
    Media URN:
    VLVAEPCLTSM3HRJ0CI02B2NR0N0I1
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/04/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:14:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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