A Flying Start

1979 , Coltishall (Norfolk)

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A working day at RAF Coltishall

This film, an impression of a day at RAF Coltishall, opens with early morning shots of the airfield. These include helicopters, radar equipment and interior shots of a deserted control tower. young airmen are asleep in their quarters. The next sequence inter cuts many different themes. Young airmen asleep in their quarters; shots around the quarters showing 'girlie' calendars on the walls; 'live' film of naked women lying on beaches and aeroplane and helicopters, suggestive of dream sequences; the kitchen staff preparing breakfast. There are general shots of the airfield and of the houses that form the married quarters. There is a shot of a preserved Spitfire and the bird scarring device. The hangers are opened and the aeroplanes are towed out. The commanding officer and other workers arrive by car. The Jaguars are prepared for flying. The briefing is shown, including a weather report and a report of flying conditions. An air-sea rescue team scramble and 'rescue' someone trapped in a dinghy. There are shots taken from the helicopter. Back at Coltishall, Jaguars are filmed taking off and landing. There are some shots from inside the cockpit. A civilian woman worker is shown folding and packing parachutes.

Featured Buildings

RAF Coltishall

Keywords

Air-sea rescues; Airfields; RAF

  • Maker : Denis Mitchell

  • Sponsor : BBC

  • Production company : DMF productions

Manifestations

A Flying Start

  • Barcode
    INV240055
    Canonical Identifier
    VP-471
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Duration
    0:10:00
    Identifier
    Modification Date
    25/06/2021
    Parts
    Reference
    563045
  • Barcode
    INV??0438
    Canonical Identifier
    A-1093
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    16mm film
    Colour Type
    colour
    Has Sound
    Y
    Identification Notes
    Picture: combined (data migration 25/06/2021)
    Identifier
    Image Polarity
    positive
    Modification Date
    25/06/2021
    Parts
    Reference
    561009
    Sound
    sound

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