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Title:RFA STROMNESS (?) EN ROUTE TO FALKLANDS AND SCENES AT ASCENSION ISLAND [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ADM 4831
Other titles:FALKLANDS CONFLICT [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Helicopters operate from RFA Stromness(?) en route to the Falklands; aircraft arriving and departing at Ascension Island.
Description: A Lynx helicopter is filmed from the deck of the ship as it lands, takes off, manoeuvres around. A Hercules aircraft flies over watched by the men on deck. Various shots show scenes on the bridge. Filmed from the interior of an airborne helicopter, a machine gunner fires practice rounds at an unseen target. The camera helicopter circles around an RFA vessel (Stromness or Fort Austin ?). At Ascension Island, a Nimrod aircraft takes off, a Victor tanker aircraft lands.
Technical Details: Format: 16mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 500 ft (ca); Running time: 14 mins (ca)
Notes: Summary: footage was received with no documentation and little identification. Information is partly based on the recollections of DPR(N) cameraman, Alan Fowler, in 1993, and otherwise on a cursory viewing of the reels. (See note to ADM 4821). A note in the original film can reads: "Falklands 17.5.82 Air drop to RFA Fort Austin cut from print for possible use on BBC + ITN News"
Remarks: the camera work is fairly undistinguished.