US Navy test aircraft searchlight attached to wing of plane.
Unissued / unused material.
American newsreel item.
Title reads: "The US Navy - Aircraft Searchlight".
US Navy tests new airborne search light, United States of America (USA).
A searchlight fitted to the wing of a plane assists in finding targets at night. MS the searchlight situated under the wing of the plane. CU the searchlight. CU the searchlight operator at work in the nose of the plane. MS as the beam cuts through the darkness and rests on the target until bombs are released. Various shots the plane flying over the sea and switching on the light as it nears the target. Various shots as the bombs are released as the light is switched off, the plane climbs steeply. CU the radar operator at work inside the plane giving directions to the searchlight operator. Various shots of the pilot at work. CU the pilot's control panel. Good shot of the plane flying among clouds.
Date on original dope sheet is 24/10/1946.
NB: very informative commentary - possibly training film for Navy pilots?