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Summary: The vital rôle of the armourer in the RAF.
Description: Armourers are responsible for all RAF weaponry and are thus "at the sharp end". Training at RAF Technical School, Halton: classroom and practical exercises paralleled with civilian apprenticeship. (Gliding for recreation.) Junior technician works on "ready to use" Sparrow air-air missile; Harrier armed. Armourers servicing ejector seats (stress on meticulous care). Phantoms on runway, seats checked. Two basic armourer types: second line servicing (in hangar, testing etc) and first line servicing (direct contact with aircraft as part of ground crew). Phantom during "turnaround" at airfield. Harrier serviced "in the field" by mobile team of armourers; she takes off, fires missiles and hits targets, watched by satisfied armourers.
Production Details: Central Office of Information (Production sponsor)
Pacesetter (Production company)
Brinton, Roland (Production individual)
Angell, Robert (Production individual)
Wooster, Arthur (Production individual)
Baldwin, Jack (Production individual)
Frater, Charles (Production individual)
Sewell, George (Production cast)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Royal Air Force (regiment/service)
Keywords: aircraft, British - combat: Hawker Siddeley Harrier (object name)
aircraft, United States - combat: Macdonnell-Douglas F4 Phantom & [British] (object name)
equipment, British air - survival: ejector seat (object name)
operations, British air - preparation (object name)
training, British air - weapons (object name)
weapons, British - missile [air-air]: Sparrow (object name)
GB, England & Halton, Bucks <RAF School of Technical Training> (geography)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: Colour
Sound format: Sound
Soundtrack language: English
Title language: English
Subtitle language: None
Technical Details: Format: 16mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 520 ft; Running time: 15 mins
Notes: Credits: identification of narrator is by cataloguer, and must be regarded as provisional.