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Title:OPERATION BUFFALO RUSHES - ROUND THREE [Allocated Title]
Film Number:AWE 42
Other titles:BRITAIN'S ATOMIC WEAPONS RESEARCH PROGRAMME COLLECTION [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Rushes from round three of Operation Buffalo, code name Kite, conducted at Maralinga on 11 October 1956.
Description: Reel one: Continuous shot of mushroom cloud development. Filmed from a fixed position using either an 18.5mm or 50mm lens.
Reel two: Continuous shot of mushroom cloud development. Filmed from a fixed position using an Angenieuy 18.5mm lens.
Reel three: Continuous shot of mushroom cloud development. Filmed using a 40mm lens.
Reel four: Views of detonation and subsequent developing mushroom cloud, stem and column.
Reel five: Views of fireball and subsequent mushroom cloud.
Reel six: Lead up to detonation. Tracking subsequent mushroom cloud. Camera pans upwards as cloud rises out of frame. Filmed using 18.5mm and 50mm lenses.
Reel seven: Development of mushroom cloud (footage of beginning of cloud appears to have been cut out).
Reel eight: Long distance shot of development of mushroom cloud. Features a strange anomaly in the cloud which may be the formation of a willy-willy (a small dust vortex).
Reel nine: Long distance wide angle view of development of mushroom cloud.
Reel ten: Rear view of military and civilian personnel awaiting the detonation of the weapon. Views of the detonation, with the camera panning upwards as the cloud climbs out of the camera frame.
Technical Details: Number of items/reels/tapes: 10
Footage: 3950ft (ca); Running time: 44 mins
Notes: Production: Notes acquired from AWE refer to an aircraft camera being used in reel four. However it is not clear which aircraft it is - the Valiant aircraft used to drop the weapon, or one of the Shackleton observer aircraft.