Visnews cameraman Bob Turner - who won the 1960 "Britannica Award" for his film of aerobatics by the famous No. 111 "Black Arrows" Squadron - visited the RAF station Middleton St George, County Durham, Apr 13, to film their successors in training.
SV PAN pilots move to airfield
GV planes lined up
CU Squadron's insignia
MV Plane boards
CV another pilot settles on cockpit
Cu another pilot puts helmet on
MV pilot closes canopy
SV Plane taxies
LV Pan five planes take off
LV more planes take off
AIR TO AIR..planes in formation
GROUND TO AIR..box formation
GROUND TO AIR..formation with smoke trails
AIR TO AIR..PAN of planes passing camera
AIR TO AIR..Planes in line formation
LV above photographers plane
GROUND TO AIR..planes in 'T' formation with smoke trails
AIR TO AIR NEARER V..DITTO
AIR TO AIR SIDE V.. planes
AIR TO AIR formation
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Background: Visnews cameraman Bob Turner - who won the 1960 "Britannica Award" for his film of aerobatics by the famous No. 111 "Black Arrows" Squadron - visited the RAF station Middleton St George, County Durham, Apr 13, to film their successors in training.
No. 92 Squadron - the "Falcons" - are to take over the main RAF Fighter Command aerobatic commitment this year. They were selected from among Hunter squadrons to supersede the "Black Arrows", now re-equipped with Mach 2 Lightnings. The Falcons are at present commanded by Squadron Leader Brian Mercer who will lead the aerobatic team of nine aircraft.
Squadron Leader Brian Mercer is a Lanash???, and his men come from far and wide. There is Flt-Lt Channing Biss, from Melbourne, Australia F.O. Anthony Aldridge, from Northern Rhodesia; F.O. Donald Oakden, from South Africa; Flt-Lt William Stoker, from Hongkong; and Flt-Lt Hamid Anwar, from India.
The squadron has seen many battle-fields and many types of aircraft. In the First World War it was equipped with SE-5A single-seat scouts. Disbanded in 1919 and re-formed 20 years later, it started its new life with Blenheim night-fighters, then became the first squadron to fly cannon-armed Spitfires. Its last operational mission of World War Two - with bomb-carrying Spitfires - was on May 1, 1945.
After another, very brief term of disbandment the Falcon graduated to Meteor twin-jet fighters in 1947, then to Sabres, and finally - in 1955 - to Hunters.