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Title:WESSEX HAS.3 HELICOPTERS ARE OPERATED BY 814 SQUADRON [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ADM 3933
Other titles:POST-WAR NAVAL OPERATIONS - MISCELLANEOUS [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Stock shots, albeit not very good ones, of the then relatively new Wessex HAS.3.
Description: Reel One - Black and White. LS across airfield as air-sea rescue Wessex 266 is towed to park. Wessex HAS.3 272 approaches the field and lands - the crew deplane, and others embark while the helicopter, engines still running, is refuelled. 272 takes off. Reel Two - Colour. Aerial LS to Wessex 3 in flight over countryside accompanied by a float-equipped Alouette. The two aircraft cross the coastline. HA to airstrip as Rescue helicopter runs up, and MS across the strip as it lifts off, passing right to left behind HAS.3 271, on which the winged tiger's mask badge of 814 Squadron is just visible. LS to 266 parked in front of a hangar - a Land Rover is towing 274 out of the hangar and ground crew are unfolding its rotors. 272 waits, a hitch on its tail-wheel, ready for towing out.
Technical Details: Format: 16mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 2
Footage: 305 ft; Running time: 11 mins
Notes: Summary: 814 Squadron was the first operational squadron to receive the Wessex HAS.3. From May 1968 the whole squadron was embarked in HMS Hermes for a tour of the Far East, and 814 won that year's Boyd Trophy for bringing the HAS.3 up to full operational effectiveness. In this film the aircraft are marked with the code 'H' for Hermes, then preparing for her Fourth Commission