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Summary: Britain's Auxiliary Air Force (reconstituted 1947) presented as an opportunity to combine enthusiasm with a contribution to national security.
Description: Members are identified as both war veterans and new recruits, alike in their enthusiasm for aircraft, particularly with the 'challenge' of new jet technology. A typical AuxAF airfield at a weekend is shown, with members flying and servicing Meteors and Vampires; commentary explains that staff of Regulars look after maintenance during week. Other branches of membership are seen acquiring skills needed for ops. rooms and radar work. AuxAF headquarters in towns provide evening lectures and social life; every year members participate in a summer camp, 14 ("glorious") days as a fully operational squadron. "Underlying the carefree spirit is the knowledge of the part they play in the front line of Britain's air defences."
Production Details: Central Office of Information (Production sponsor)
Anglo-Scottish Pictures (Production company)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Royal Air Force, Auxiliary Air Force (regiment/service)
Keywords: aircraft, British - combat: Gloster Meteor (object name)
aircraft, British - combat: De Havilland Vampire (object name)
operations, British air - maintenance (object name)
operations, British air - routine: Auxiliary Air Force (object name)
training, British air (object name)
GB, England (geography)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W
Sound format: Sound
Soundtrack language: English
Title language: English
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 699 ft; Running time: 7 mins
Notes: Made by Anglo-Scottish Pictures (at Shepperton Studios).