• Short Summary

    The Brazilian Air Force's Fumaca (smoke) Squadron, manned by eight stunt flying veteran officers, was started 17 years ago to attract young men into the Air Force.

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    0.
    Brake


    7.
    Passing in formation


    32.
    Squadron's flag


    35.
    Pilots entering briefing room


    44.
    Major Arthur Braga, Squadron commander


    48.
    Capt. Wilton


    49.
    Capt. Delcio


    50.
    Capt. Rangel


    51.
    Capt. de Castro


    52.
    Capt. Land


    53.
    Capt. Gonzaga


    54.
    Briefing


    55.
    Pilots turning over plaques reading +OK+ after instruction.


    70.
    Planes being read


    74.
    Pilots approaching their planes


    79.
    Squadron takes off from Rio's Santos-Dumont airport


    94.
    View of Rio's Guanabara Bay and Torre filming a diamond formation from one of the Squadron planes.


    121.
    Control tower at Pirassunungo, Air Cadet School and cadets.


    125.
    Squadron pilots feted in cities visited


    ???.
    Front line show


    ???.
    Corkscrew filmed from plane over the city of Belo Horizonte


    142.
    Solo plane flying what is know as +the crank+, ending in a sensational six or seven turn corkscrew, while the other planes regroup


    144.
    Crowds watching


    146.
    Crossing


    149.
    More crowds


    151.
    Solo plane in another sensational manoeuvre


    169.
    Brake -- one of the most dangerous stunts and which caused one of the only four fatal accidents suffered by the Squadron


    173.
    Squadron in formation flying under a bridge at Florianapolis, in the southern state of Santa Catarina


    182.
    Flower festival in the south


    201.
    Squadron helps in city celebrations


    210.
    Night demonstration


    233.
    Iguacu Falls with planes barrel rolling, filmed from Plane No. 2


    257.
    Both pilots and cameraman show their expertise in a diamond formation take-off and going into a +snake tail+


    310.
    Note the cameraman's face reflected in instrument panel. Same maneuvers as in 257, now filmed from the ground to emphasize the low flypast.


    370.
    Seven and eight planes looping, separated by only one or two meters at wingtips


    382.
    Downward falling leaf, forming the outlines of the Brasilia cathedral.


    386.
    Seven fly a formation as one plane


    405.
    Take-off from a dirt field


    412.
    Six planes in a barrel roll at night -- one of the most difficult


    433.
    Campos dos Affonsos Air School, with Squadron demonstrating for President Arthur de Costa e Silva, cadets and guests, for the first time with seven planes. Note cuts from land to plane. The President thinks very highly of the Squadron and believes it has contributed much to the Air Force.



    1 ........ Direct reversal


    1.
    Demonstration over the city of Pelotas, in Rio Grande do Sul State


    2.
    Major Braga, Squadron commander (1)


    4.
    Capt. da Costa (3)


    6.
    Capt. Gonzaga (2)


    8.
    Lt. Rizental (solo)


    9.
    Capt. Curtiss (4)


    12.
    North American T-6 planes


    14.
    Squadron's emblem


    21.
    Pilots take to their planes


    40.
    Props turning over


    52.
    Take-off in formation


    68.
    Looping and entering into formation


    78.
    Fly by


    83.
    Soloist


    87.
    Passing and returnment



    2


    0.
    Four in a barrel roll


    18.
    Soloist and crowds watching


    21.
    Double falling leaf and crossing


    37.
    Soloist


    42.
    Flyby


    47.
    Soloist in low level buzz


    50.
    Brake


    57.
    Passage


    74.
    Night flyby and buzzing


    88.
    END




    Initials


    The +copy roll+ in this story was cut by Torre from a documentary he made, on Government assignment, and included in this story because he could not get some of the scenes repeated. Part of it is with sound.
    The other two rolls, filmed for Visnews, have already been developed in order to get the captions straight.

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: The Brazilian Air Force's Fumaca (smoke) Squadron, manned by eight stunt flying veteran officers, was started 17 years ago to attract young men into the Air Force.

    It is the only one in the world to fly prop planes but on May 14 they will revert to jets, having received delivery of the first Fougat-Magisters specially adapted for them by the French manufacturers.

    The planes flown in these sequences are North American T-6's, built in 1939 and with a top speed of only 250 kilometres an hour -- against the Fougat-Magister's 550 k.p.h.

    The Squadron has exhibited its prowess in Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Bolivia at the invitation of the governments of those countries.

    They have racked up over 700 exhibitions in their 17 years of existence, with only four fatalities.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAJO66BLX6CJ7QBZNR9UVCW4WM
    Media URN:
    VLVAJO66BLX6CJ7QBZNR9UVCW4WM
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/01/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:14:12:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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