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Summary: Training film focusing on parachute jumping.
Description: Reel one: “Part I, Aperture and door exits – Section IV Door Exits” Correct hand, feet and head position for exiting aircraft door. Foot position for stick jumping (No2's right foot behind No1's right) which ensures correct stance in door for every member of stick. “Section V – Long Aperture Exits”. Oval, rectangular apertures. Semi crouch exit (Albemarle and Stirling aircraft used as examples).
Reel two: “Part III, Landings. Section IV Harness Release and Dragging”. Importance of releasing yourself from harness and chute once on the ground. If being dragged 3 methods are used to stop. Run around the chute to collapse it (used in light winds only), release the harness while on your back (high winds or smooth ground) , pulling on lower rigging lines to collapse canopy (high winds, jammed release box). If assisting someone or trying to stop a container chute, grab the apex and run around to collapse the canopy (“container chute method”). “Part V, Operational Aircraft Drill, Section I Dakota”. Shot of Dakota. Carries 20 fully armed men stick. Commander inspects parachutists for safe equipment and in turn is checked himself by No20. Troops emplane and go to correct side of aircraft (odd to one side, even to other). Various commands to prepare for jump and final checks by stick commander. Correct method to hold strop of man in front and exit aircraft.
Reel three: “Part IV – Jumping with kit bags – Section I, Fitting”. Equipment is normally dropped in containers but to supplement these kitbags are sometimes carried by members of the stick. Contents can include PIAT gun, 2” mortar etc. Demo of fitting kitbag for sitting or standing exit and checking release pins etc. Practice fitting kitbags in various aircraft. “Part IV, Jumping with kitbags - Section II, Round aperture exits”. Brief recap of round aperture sitting exit without kitbag. Demo of exiting aircraft with kitbag and importance of correct body position to ensure clean exit. “Section III, Long Aperture Exits”. Brief recap of long aperture exit (standing) and comparison to exit with a kitbag. Right hand supports the kitbag to help swing right leg forward to exit aircraft and left leg position to ensure clean exit. “Practice makes perfect”.
Reel four: “Section IV, Door exits”. Description of how kitbags can affect door exits. Recap of exiting procedure without a kitbag. With kitbag the right hand is used to support the weight of the kitbag and only left hand is used to “push off”. “Section V, Control in the air”. Correct method to release the kitbag and lower by the rope under control once the canopy is open and stable. Dealing with twisted lines when jumping with kitbags and possible mistakes (not attaching kitbag rope line to harness). “Section VI, Landings”. Landings with kitbags are perfectly normal and can be lighter with a kitbag as the canopy expands and acts like a brake. In the event of landing near/in trees or near buildings or in water release the kitbag before landing. Correct methods of dealing with kitbag after landing explained and packing up chute.
Production Country: GB
Production Details: ROYAL AIR FORCE (Production sponsor)
Signet Pictures Corporation Ltd (Production company)