• Short Summary

    A Pathe cameraman has at a new way of flying developed by the army - paragliding.

  • Description

    Lasham, Hampshire.

    M/S of a paratrooper having a harness fitted by two soldiers - "designed on the kite principle this special parachute will lift a man to about 200 feet". The two soldiers walk away from the paratrooper. C/U of a man getting into an army Land Rover, he looks out of the window. M/S of the paratrooper lifting his arm, signalling 'ready' to the driver. The driver gives him the 'thumbs up' and starts the vehicle. M/S of the paratrooper, the ropes of the parachute tighten as the Land Rover drives away - "launched like a glider, by a towrope from a car or a winch, the passenger rises gently under complete control". The two soldiers hold up the parachute silk so it catches the wind. M/S of a soldier letting go of the silk as the parachute takes off. M/S of the airborne parachute, tilt down to the paragliding paratrooper. C/U of an army officer looking upwards. L/S of the airborne paratrooper. C/U of a soldier in a red beret watching. Panning shot follows the paratrooper as he swoops gracefully in to land, the two soldiers help steady him on impact. It is hoped this device will help soldiers cross rivers and rough terrain.

    M/S of British Pathe cameraman, Bernard Till, fiddling with his camera - "our cameraman thought it looked easy - and said so. This is what happens in the Army when you're rash enough to say things like that". Tilt down to show he is in a harness, preparing to go paragliding. C/U of a soldier in a red beret laughing. Various point of view shots from Bernard's camera as he paraglides, including glimpses of his shabby brown suede shoes. L/S of Bernard paragliding. Point of view shot from Bernard's camera as he bumps to the ground, several soldiers run to assist him. The narrator jokes that friends are not going to believe you when you say you have been 'up' in a parachute.

    Cuts exist - please see separate record.

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:52:09:00 / 01:53:35:00
    CP 388

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