Various shots of the RAF Comet II on the tarmac at Moscow Airport as a Viscount lands there for the first time, Secretary of State Birch says goodbye to Russian general, and shots taken on board the comet of take-off and flight.
Unissued / unused material - dates and locations may be unclear / unknown.
Moscow, Russia / Union of Soviet Socialist Republics / USSR
LS The RAF / Royal Air Force Comet II on tarmac at Moscow airport waiting to take Nigel Birch (British Secretary of State for Air) and his air ministry party back to Britain. LS and MS The first Central African Airways Viscount taxiing in at Moscow airport as a preliminary to regular services. (3 shots). LS Russian spectators stand behind the rails. LS. Viscount, pan to Comet II. CU Nigel Birch. MS Birch shaking hands with Marshal Zhigarev (Chief of Russian Air Force) and Army General Malinin. MS Russian officials boarding the Comet, possibly including the Indian Ambassador. (2 shots). LS taken from Comet as it taxis for take-off across runway, past the Viscount and the Airport building. MS From Comet, of wing flaps down as aircraft takes off from ground. Various air to air shots of RAF Comet II wing, in flight, including shot of four aircraft (Hunter escort) flying in formation above it over Germany.
Note: "Date received" on original paperwork reads: 29/06/1956.