• Short Summary

    Fighter Command's aerobatic squadron give first public performance with Lightnings.

  • Description

    Wattisham, Suffolk.

    LV. Pilots of No 56 Squadron leaving their briefing room. GV. Pilots walk to their aircraft. CU. "Firebirds" insignia on tail plane. GV. Pilots going up steps to cockpits of the British Electric Lightning planes. SV. Pilot gets into cockpit. CU. Member of ground crew signals to pilots. GV. As five Lightnings taxi out onto runway. GV. Pan, one of the Lightnings takes off. GV. As it climbs very steeply. GV. Two more Lightnings and taking off. GV. As they climb. SV. Ground crew watching. Ground to air shot, five Lightnings flying in formation. Air to air shot from behind the Lightnings with smoke trailers. The Lightnings go into a roll. Air to air shot, the formation in flight. Air to air shot, from behind as two Lightnings cross one above the other. CU. Wing Commander Howard the Commanding Officer. CU. As the Wing Commander's hand moves control stick. Air to air shot as the Lightnings peel off one at a time. Ground to air shot, Lightning peeling off. CU. RAF (Royal Air Force) man looking up. GV. As eleven Lightnings do a bomb burst over the aerodrome.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    1762.07
    Media URN:
    54507
    Group:
    Pathe newsreels
    Archive:
    British Pathe
    Issue Date:
    20/05/1963
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:39:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:13:27:00 / 01:15:06:00
    Canister:
    63/41

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