• Short Summary

    Soldiers build a make shift air strip on Salisbury Plain as part of 'Operation Flat Earth'.

  • Description

    Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire.

    L/S helicopter (gyrocopter) lifting a jeep over the plain. M/S soldier looking out of helicopter. L/S shadow of helicopter and jeep on plain. L/S helicopter. C/U soldier inside helicopter. L/S helicopter lowering jeep to ground, three soldiers watch. C/U helicopter cockpit. M/S, inside helicopter, soldiers jumping out onto plain. M/S, from plain, soldiers in fatigues jumping from helicopter. M/S of soldiers unwrapping canvas helicopter pad, they then peg it to the ground. M/S soldiers, one throws smoke flare. Panning shot helicopter taking off. The purpose of 'Operation Flat Earth' is to make an air strip on rough ground as quickly as possible.

    C/U soldier in headphones talking on radio. C/U soldier looking through binoculars. L/S of parachutes coming from military aeroplane. M/S soldier standing next to flare. L/S parachutes descending. L/S parachutes landing. M/S parachute silk, tilt down to attached supplies. L/S bare chested soldiers marking out temporary runway. M/S two soldiers digging. C/U soldier, tilt down to axe driven into earth. M/S soldiers shovelling gravel from trailer. C/U soldier digging. Panning shot gravel landing on earth. Various shots supply boxes parachuting to earth. C/U of parachute silk being dragged way by jeep. Various shots soldiers unloading sections of runway from jeeps. M/S soldier driving tractor with caterpillar wheels. L/S tractor tipping over load of runway equipment. M/S soldiers and bulldozer trying to remove concrete obstruction from earth. C/U soldier attaching chain to bulldozer. M/S bulldozer pulling up obstruction. M/S bulldozer pulling rollers to flatten earth for runway. M/S soldiers, one talks on radio. M/S soldiers in front of military fire engine. L/S plane landing on temporary runway.

    Cuts exist - see separate record.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Unissued / unused
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:10:21:00 / 01:13:06:00
    CP 450

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