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Title:INSPECTION OF RINGWAY AND TATTON PARK PARACHUTE SCHOOL [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ARY 11
Summary: A staff officer inspects a parachute training school.
Description: At Tatton Park, paratroops make their first jumps from a captive balloon. At Ringway the inspecting officers inspect the Guard of Honour and the WAAF Band. In the training hangars the General and Air Marshal watch the trainees being put through their paces. Good shots are taken of paratroops descending, taken through the floor of the balloon basket and a close-up of the 'AIRBORNE' flash and 'Pegasus' shoulder badge. After a glimpse of assault course work in the woods at Tatton Park a mass (sic) drop from six Whitleys of 297 Squadron is shown. Four 'chutes also emerge from a Hudson which descend into a lake. The 'Whitley' jump is also shot through the aircraft's fuselage floor. There is a particularly fine shot of a singleton parachutist descending at dusk as others pack up their kit. The reel ends with a retake of the Tatton Park balloon jumps ("in more favourable weather conditions") and a good close up of the tail of a Whitley with its rear turret removed.
Production Details: Royal Air Force (Production sponsor)
RAF Film Production Unit (Production company)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Barratt, Arthur Sheridan (person)
Paget, Bernard Charles Tolver (person)
Royal Air Force, Women's Auxiliary Air Force (regiment/service)
Royal Air Force, Sqdn (regiment/service)
Keywords: aircraft, British - combat: Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mk II (object name)
Ringway, Cheshire, England, UK (geography)
Tatton Park, Cheshire, England, UK (geography)
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 686 ft; Running time: 8 mins
Notes: Summary: Shot sheet and dope sheet held under number ARY 22. Some excellent shots are included in this small record of training parachutists. The last shot of the Whitley is most unusual in that a parachutist stands in the turret void obviously waiting to jump from here rather than the more familiar hole in the fuselage floor.