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Title:FIRST DELIVERY OF AEW SKYRAIDERS FOR THE ROYAL NAVY UNDER THE MUTUAL DEFENCE AID PROGRAM [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ADM 1371
Other titles:POST-WAR NAVAL OPERATIONS - MISCELLANEOUS [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: AEW (Airborne Early Warning) Douglas Skyraider aircraft arrive in Scotland by ship.
Description: Skyraider AEW.1, WT 945, is lifted off the deck of the SS American Clipper and set down on the quayside of the King George V Dock in Glasgow. Three other Skyraiders (WT 944 and 946-947) have already been unloaded. A short speech is given by Rear-Admiral Boone USN, Deputy C-in-C Eastern Atlantic, and Rear-Admiral Couchman RN, Flag Officer Flying Training, replies. It is now raining quite hard, and a man adds a cockpit shroud to the engine cover already on one of the aircraft.
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 278 ft; Running time: 3 mins
Notes: Summary: these aircraft are Skyraider AD-4Ws, designated AEW.1s in Britain. After de-preservation at RNAS Abbotsinch, the four aircraft were delivered to 778 Squadron, then based at Culdrose. Fifty AEW Skyraiders were eventually delivered to the Royal Navy under the Mutual Aid Defence Programme. 778 Squadron disbanded on 7 July 1952, to form the basis of 849 Squadron, which operated these aircraft until re-equipped with Gannet AEW.3s in 1960