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Title:KNEBWORTH - A WINDOW ROCKET SYSTEM FOR THE ROYAL NAVY [Main Title]
Film Number:ADM 2142
Other titles:POST-WAR NAVAL OPERATIONS - MISCELLANEOUS [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: A progress report on the development of the Knebworth/Corvus chaff rocket launcher.
Description: SHORE TRIALS (1) STATIC EJECTION. Separation of the nosecone from a captive rocket body and dispersal of chaff. Filmed in black and white on a laboratory test bed. SHORE TRIALS (2) WINDOW EJECTION IN FLIGHT. Slow motion black and white film of the rocket in flight and moment of separation. The camera pans back to hold on the dispersing cloud of chaff. SHORE TRIALS (3) FIRING. Slow motion colour film of three firings from a shore based launcher. The camera does not pan to follow the rockets' flight. SEA TRIAL IN HMS DELIGHT - JANUARY 1967. LS off the starboard bow of Delight at sea. UNBOXING AND SETTING FUZE. CUs of this process. TRIAL LAUNCHER ARRANGEMENT. MS of a single tube launcher superimposed on the twin barrels of a Bofors Mk V. LAUNCHING TUBE. CU of the end of the tube showing four helical vanes running the length of the interior, intended to engage the fins of the rocket and impart spin. LOADINGS. Two men load a rocket, twisting it to feed it into the tube. The Bofors then elevates. CONNECTING FIRING CIRCUITS. CUs of this process. FIRINGS. LSs aft as test rockets are fired. THE SERVICE LAUNCHER. MS of the six-barrelled service launcher. A man loads and connects up two rockets - he loads the rockets straight into the tubes, indicating that the interior rifling has been deleted from the service equipment. The mounting trains round into camera.