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Summary: A very detailed educational film explaining the necessary actions to be taken by the Mechanical Transport (MT) section to ensure their vehicles are ready for immediate deployment during the winter months.
Description: Film opens with a row of aircraft parked in the snow, where ground crew are checking the engine coolant levels. Frost conditions can occur anytime between September to April, and during this period frost orders are issued. Every item of equipment that requires anti freeze coolant or some form of insulating muff is listed in frost orders. Aircraft continue to fly in freezing conditions, so all MT vehicles in use must be able to operate as normal. Likewise runways and access roads must be cleared sufficiently for the passage of MT traffic.
Equipment and vehicles with liquid coolant is drained, checked when cold for leaks and loose connections, and refilled with an anti freeze coolant of specific strength. This operation is shown and explained in detail for a variety of vehicles, including radiator muffs where applicable. Batteries also require special attention, the specific gravity of the electrolyte must be checked and toped- up as required, and kept fully charged.
MT equipment not required for use are laid up following the detailed instructions in this film and in frost orders. Finally the film depicts a series of common sense points to be observed by drivers preparing the vehicle before taking to the road. Snow chains to be available if required. Once on the road remember your Highway Code.
Production Country: GB
Production Details: ROYAL AIR FORCE (Production sponsor)
Trent Productions (Production company)