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Title:WESSEX MK 1 OPERATING IN SARAWAK [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ADM 2132
Summary: Publicity piece illustrating the typical work of one of the Wessex HAS.1 helicopters of 845 Squadron based at Nanga Gaat in Sarawak.
Description: Opening shots in cockpit of a Wessex in flight over the jungle. Cut to Nanga Gaat as a sand-coloured RN Wessex, recognition letter L, flies in and sets down a cargo net filled with fuel drums. CU of notice board: "845 NAVAL AIR SQUADRON - HMS TAIJARI - RNAS NANGA GAAT". LS over the roofs of the base buildings as Wessex W sweeps in low over the river to land on pad 2. Open-air engine maintenance on Wessex L, while another helicopter, this one painted in camouflage, is refuelled. The camera then embarks in a helicopter which accompanies Wessex L across country, flying over dense jungle and along rivers. HA as 'L' descends into a small jungle clearing. On the ground soldiers are waiting - some heavily laden with a machine gun tripod or W/T equipment. Aerial view again as 'L' lifts off, clearing the tree tops and flying away. View out of the front windows of the camera-helicopter as it flies along a river, and good MSs of 'L' in flight. View out of the helicopter's main doors to the jungle passing beneath. LS from the ground as 'L' touches down on a grassy field - troops are waiting and board the helicopter as local villagers look on. Wessex 'L' takes off again.
Production Details: Westland Aircraft (Production sponsor)
Westland Group Film Unit (Production company)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Royal Navy, Fleet Air Arm, Sqdn 845 (regiment/service)
Royal Navy, Taijari (regiment/service)
Keywords: aircraft, British naval - helicopter: Westland Wessex (object name)
operations, British naval air - maintenance (object name)
operations, British naval air - movement (object name)
Indonesian Confrontation (event)
Malaya & Sarawak <Nanga Gaat> (geography)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: Colour
Sound format: Silent
Soundtrack language: None
Title language: English
Subtitle language: None
Technical Details: Format: 16mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 245 ft; Running time: 7 mins