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  • Short Summary

    Two Westland helicopters are handed over to the Queen's Flight

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    Westland Helicopter Works, Yeovil, Somerset

    HANDOVER CEREMONY OF WHIRLWIND HELICOPTERS TO QUEEN'S FLIGHT

    Number plates of the helicopter XN 127 & XN 126. GV's. Two Westland Whirlwind helicopters (which have been ordered for the Queen's flight) on ground. Mr. E.C. Wheeldon, Westland Managing Director hands over both aircraft log books to Commander Wakeford, Commanding Officer of the Queen's Flight. Various shots of both helicopters taking off. Various shots of both helicopters in flight and hovering. Various shots interior of cockpit showing Decca Navigational System. Int. of aircraft showing seating, cabinets, etc. Various shots of fitted telephone for internal or ground use. Various shots of the insignia "Queen's Flight" on side of helicopter. GV's. ext. helicopter showing the two pilots Fl. Lts. M'kenzie Hall and Wilson (Queen's flight pilots) examining the engine of one of the aircraft. Shot of front of aircraft open. GV. Insignia of the Queen's Flight.

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    Cataloguers Note: See documentation for detailed information about the helicopter design

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    Film ID:
    2752.17
    Media URN:
    81162
    Group:
    Unissued unused
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1959
    Sound:
    Mute
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:06:17:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:52:56:00 / 01:59:13:00
    Canister:
    UN 3279 B

Comments (1)

  1. James M'Kenzie-Hall says

    Squadron Leader John M'Kenzie-Hall, as featured in the clip (the very tall man), born 1923, is alive and well, aged 91 years old (as of June 2014) and has recently written his memoirs about his service as a fighter pilot in World War II (RAF, USAAF & Fleet Air Arm) and a book (unpublished at the moment, a private memoir, although Her Majesty the Queen has read it) on his seven years on The Queens Flight (1957-64) called 'Hoverhawk' (after his call sign for the Helicopter). Sir Edward Fielden (Captain of The Queens Flight) had asked for John M'Kenzie-Hall to come to the Squadron as he had vast expertise on helicopters (Malaya and Suez campaigns) and Fielden wanted to set up a Helicopter Service providing the Royal Family with 'lawn to lawn' service. John M'Kenzie-Hall can be contacted via email at jmkenziehall@yahoo.com

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