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Summary: A recruiting film for the non-flying branches of the RAF, built around an impression of the life of Peter, a typical trainee.
Description: Opening shots of an RAF trainees' summer camp lead into a flash-back to Peter's last school days: alone among his friends he acts on a common dream of entering the RAF, speaking with a visiting officer. While his friends 'career' hopes turn to grim reality ('motor industry' means garage hand etc) Peter signs on for "9 years of good pay, good prospects and a chance to see the world." A long, detailed picture of life at training school follows, covering the various career options (from specialist engineering to accountancy or cooking), the sporting and recreational facilities, and the pattern of training and field exercises. A qualified mechanic, looking back over his career (Valiants, Javelins and missiles) and postings (Singapore) since completing his training, suggests the future awaiting Peter. Over film of the graduation parade, the commentary closes with a final reminder of the RAF's dependence on its tradesmen and technicians, and a direct appeal.
Production Details: Air Ministry (Production sponsor)
Central Office of Information (Production sponsor)
Anvil Film and Recording Group (Production company)
Matthews, Edmund (Production individual)
RAF Central Band (Production individual)
Sims, A E (Wing Commander) (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Royal Air Force (regiment/service)
Keywords: aircraft, British - combat: Gloster Javelin (object name)
aircraft, British - combat: Vickers Valiant (object name)
ceremonies, British - event-related: graduation ceremony (object name)
propaganda, British - practical: recruitment, Royal Air Force (object name)
recreation, British air - sport (object name)
society, British air - domestic (object name)
training, British air (object name)
GB, England (geography)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: Colour
Sound format: Sound
Soundtrack language: English
Title language: English
Subtitle language: None
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 1810 ft; Running time: 20 mins
Notes: Remarks: possibly a little dishonest at times (eg 'friends' sequence) but quite well realised.