Group Captain Donaldson achieves unofficial fastest speed in Gloster Meteor jet plane.
Item title reads - Jet test flight betters record.
Location of events unknown.
Various shots of mechanics working on a Gloster Meteor aeroplane. C/U of Group Captain Donaldson in the cockpit of his aeroplane. Various shots as it taxis and takes off. Various shots of the Meteor in flight on world speed record attempt. M/S's of barrage balloons marking course. M/S of experts operating timing machines to test the speed of the flight. M/S of Donaldson back on the ground with Squadron Leader Waterton. Donaldson makes speech about new record. Engineers adjust Waterton's plane before he gets in for his attempt. Various good shots of the Meteor speeding out over the sea.
Amendment December 2014: A visitor to the site has written in with the following information. Air Commodore E M (Teddy) Donaldson CB, CBE, DSO, AFC and Bar – led the RAF Aerobatic Team in 1937/38, commanded a Hurricane squadron from the outbreak of war, through the Battle of France, over the evacuation from Dunkirk and into the first phase of the Battle of Britain. Teddy Donaldson went on to break the World Air Speed Record in a Gloster Meteor on 7th September 1946. After he retired from the RAF in 1961, Teddy became the Air Correspondent of The Daily Telegraph.