• Short Summary

    Women from the Royal Air Force pack parachutes at Duxford, Cambridgeshire.

  • Description

    Parachute packing by girls from the Women's Royal Air Force.

    Duxford, Cambridgeshire.

    C/U parachutes hanging up. M/S as Leading Aircraftwoman Lynn Thompson selects one and pulls it down. M/S as she spreads it out on a long table. M/S as she pulls the cords and walks back. M/S shaking parachute out. Various shots as Lynn folds the chute in a precise way, she places bags of lead shot to hold it in position.

    M/S as Jean Madgifotts opens the guide 'chute. C/U of it on the table. She folds the 'chute and places the bags on to hold it. M/S and C/U as she packs cords, C/U of packed 'chute on table. Various shots of packing and folding.

    M/S as Lynn and Jean walk past jet plane, they stop at one and Jean climbs into the cockpit. Lynn hands her the parachute which she stows in the cockpit. M/S as she fixes another pack into position. M/S as Jean gets out of cockpit and pilot climbs in. The ladies stand by and watch the jet take off. L/S jet doing "Barrel roll" and flying away from camera.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    1309.17
    Media URN:
    43383
    Group:
    New pictorials
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    20/10/1952
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:34:43:00 / 01:38:05:00
    Canister:
    NP 423

Comments (1)

  1. Alianco says

    I've brought this footage for personal use , It will be a surprise gift for my 81 year old mother who was very proud to be in the WRAF as a parachute packer in the late 50's early 60's. She was sad to have to leave when she married my father (a RAF aircraft engineer), as at the time they did not allow married couples in the service. They both met at Duxford! I can't wait to tell them both about your very interesting videos. My 85 year old father went to the 1966 world cup final and i'm sure he'll enjoy watching the footage to relive his experience. As a registered nurse , I also think that these pieces of film will be valuable for elderly care centres for reminiscence therapy ! Thankyou for making them free to view .

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