UNITED NATIONS AIRCRAFT IN THE CONGO, STRAINED BY LONG SERVICE IN EXTREMES OF TROPICAL CLIMATE, ARE BEING OVERHAULED AT AIRFIELDS ACROSS THE BORDER IN RHODESIA.
Establishing shot. 3 UN CONGO Transport Aircraft (C46's) on Tarmac at Bulawayo Airport. These aircraft are used as freighters by UN.
Close up of tail of a C46, showing the sign ONUC, this is the United Nations Congo Cypher..
Angle shot of two mechanics working on engine nacelle of C 46.
Shot of tractor towing off a C 46 for engine tests.
C 46 moves off under tow.
Nose and engines of C 46, propeller on port side at slow tickover.
Shot of C 46 with engine running and grass flattened by slipstream.
Shot of aircraft line up outside maintenance hangar, framed by undercarriage, and gantrys.
Mechanic examines a line of radial engines just flown in for refit from the Congo.
Long shot of Aircraft outside hangar, showing two DC 4's of UNO.
Angle shot of the tails of the DC 4's showing the ONUC Cypers.
Dramatic shot of noses of the two DC 4's, by hangar entrance.
Interior shot, showing two young mechanics working on radial engine crank assembly.
Close up of mechanics hand checking timing assembly.
Shot of foreman and mechanic working on radial nose assembly, con rods rotate on test.
Shot of Fitter working on machine part at workbench.
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Background: UNITED NATIONS AIRCRAFT IN THE CONGO, STRAINED BY LONG SERVICE IN EXTREMES OF TROPICAL CLIMATE, ARE BEING OVERHAULED AT AIRFIELDS ACROSS THE BORDER IN RHODESIA.
CONGO FACILITIES ARE OFTEN INADEQUATE, AND A REGULAR SIGHT IN RECENT MONTHS HAS BEEN GROUPS OF PLANES BEARING THE UN SYMBOL LINED UP ON THE TARMAC AT BULAWAYO AIRPORT IN SOUTHERN RHODESIA. OTHERS WERE UNDER VARIOUS STAGES OF REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE BY RHODESIAN MECHANICS. MOST SPARE PARTS ARE FLOWN IN FROM OVERSEAS, ALTHOUGH ONE BATCH OF RADIAL ENGINES IS REPORTED TO HAVE BEEN BROUGHT IN FROM THE CONGO.
THE AIRCRAFT - MAINLY C46 AND DC4 TRANSPORTS - ARE SUPPLIED BY COUNTRIES AS FAR APART AS THE UNITED STATES AND LUXEMBOURG, PANAMA AND SWEDEN. CONSEQUENTLY IT IS OFTEN IMPRACTICAL, OR UNSAFE, TO FLY THEM BACK TO THEIR HOME BASES FOR REPAIRS.