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Title:THE ROYAL AIR FORCE - PER ARDUA AD ASTRA [Main Title]
Film Number:IWM 869
Other titles:INSPECTION OF CADETS, SCHOOL OF MILITARY AERONAUTICS OXFORD (ledger title) [Alternative Title]
Summary: RAF cadets training, probably at the School of Military Aeronautics, Oxford, 1918.
Description: The cadets are paraded before a senior officer, possibly the school commandant. They march out of the school main gates. "Course Number 1" shows various planes on the nearby airfield, including a Bristol F2B Fighter with a Puma engine. A pilot and instructor remove their flying leathers after a flight. One BE2c, used for instruction, has had part of its fabric removed so that the wires can be seen joining the controls to the tail surfaces. Using stop-action, the plane is dismantled piece by piece, leaving at last the fuselage, then nothing at all.