|Title ID||9589||Collection ID||1152|
|Title||7162 Miles Non-Stop World's Long Distance Record|
|Date||7 November 1938; [ca. 1938-1945]|
|Theme||Wartime And Military|
|Keywords||Aircraft Armed Forces Second World War (1939-1945)|
|Format||16mm Black & White Silent|
|Copyright & Access||Copyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details|
The first part shows "7162 Miles Non-Stop Worlds' Long Distance Record by the Royal Air Force on Vickers Wellesley Aircraft Bristol Pegasus engines" (between Ismailia, Egypt to Darwin, Australia). The next part shows several squadrons flying Vickers aircraft including Welesley, Wellington and Spitfire, grounded and in aerial manoeuvres, and the Vickers-Armstrong factory with a fleet of Wellington aircraft under construction.
"7162 Miles Non-Stop Worlds' Long Distance Record by the Royal Air Force on Vickers Wellesley Aircraft Bristol Pegasus engines"
Several aircraft take off from a runway in convoy. Three aircraft fly in formation above the cloud 'L2638', 'L2639', 'L2680' followed by aerial shots of groups and individual aircraft, in close up from various angles. The next scenes show coastal land below as the aircraft fly over head - ground scenes indicate the location the craft have flown over that include a man with a Camel, and an aerial shot of several large storage containers (for crude oil or gas) flank a coastline. Three aircraft land on an airfield (?). A group air crew stand next to a Vickers Wellesley aircraft and three men in suits view the cockpit by standing on a wing. An RAF pilot then signs autographs for a group gathered on the airfield.
"On to Sydney"
Aerial shots show three aircraft in flight over land and a river, then coming into land on air airfield. Crowds have gathered at the airfield. Upon landing a pilot puts a small RAF standard/ flag on the nose of his Wellesley from the cockpit before leaving his aircraft (9 squadron emblem of a bat can be seen on the nose of the aircraft). The shot pans along a line of RAF officers in full RAF dress uniform standing on a flight of steps outside a building.
"The Aviation works of Vickers - Armstrongs are exclusively engaged in mass production of the latest types of fighter and bomber aircraft for the Royal Air Force" (sic)
Shots of aircraft under construction at a factory follow. The lattice work of the aircraft in an un-skinned geodetic state line the factory floor. Close up shots show several men at work on the shell of an aircraft, attaching and sanding the framework. Other aircraft (Vickers Wellington's?) are seen with some outer panelling and open-toped engine bays, as men work on the installation of cockpit machinery. The camera then tracks above the aircraft covering the factory floor, viewing aircraft in various states of construction. Part constructed hulls of 'R2701', 'R2700' can be seen on the factory floor.
Outside on an airfield several pilots gather in flight suits from No. 9 Squadron at RAF Honnington, Suffolk (?) (Bat ensign on side of aircraft). Two Vickers Wellington aircraft then leave the airfield 'ZB-KA' and '[E?]F-KA', followed by 'A-KA', 'L4215' also seen in close up, followed by three others in formation seen from the ground flying over the air-base hangers ('L-KA', 'E-KA' and another?).
"Vickers Supermarine 'Spitfire' .. the fastest military 'single-engined' day and night fighter in service in any Air Force"
A close up shows a Spitfire ('K9787') on an airfield with propellor in motion and a close up of the pilot sat in cockpit to then take off on the runway. In flight, the Spitfire barrel-rolls captured by a camera on another aircraft.
"Wings over ''WALRUS'' Supermarine Amphibian flying boat in the Fleet Air Arm Service. 'SPITFIRE' streaks by on a test flight just at normal speed"
The title is followed by an aerial shot of a Spitfire ('K9787') undertaking aerobatic movements.
On an airfield several crews rush to board a Spitfire aircraft, with close ups of pilots boarding into cockpits. Spitfire aircraft 'WZ-D', 'WZ-H' from 19 Squadron take off with a group of aircraft across the runway, to fly in formation. On another airfield 'DL-L', (54 Squadron?) aircraft line up on the runway and take off. Various shots show the squadron in full uniform lined up on the airfield in front of several aircraft. The camera pans down the line. End title: 'Vickers-Armstrongs Ltd. 'The End'.