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Summary: Short documentary showing research into super- and hypersonic flight.
Description: Military jets have left the sound barrier behind; the next leap forward will be the Anglo-French Concorde (models shown). Using laboratory scenes (wind tunnel tests) and shots of Handley Page 115 and BAC 221, a trio of scientists explain the aerodynamics of the delta wing and proposed "wave rider" air shapes and demonstrate an experimental silicon nitrite metal strengthener. Concluding speculations on the future development of hypersonic airframes.
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Gordon, J E (person)
Jamison, R R (person)
Seddon, J (person)
Keywords: aircraft, British - R and D: BAC 221 (object name)
aircraft, British - R and D: Handley Page 115 (object name)
sciences, British - technology [establishment]: supersonic aircraft and engines (object name)
GB, England & Bedford, Beds <Royal Aircraft Establishment> (geography)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W
Sound format: Sound
Soundtrack language: English
Title language: English
Subtitle language: None
Technical Details: Format: 16mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 526 ft; Running time: 15 mins
Notes: Credits: the three scientists taking part are Dr J Seddon BSc PhD (Royal Aircraft Establishment Bedford), Dr J E Gordon BSc PhD (Explosives Research and Development Establishment) and Dr R R Jamison (Assistant Chief Engineer, Advanced Propulsion, Bristol Siddeley Engines Ltd).
Technical: 16mm print transferred from 35mm.