• Short Summary

    The Duke of Edinburgh inaugurates the new supersonic wind tunnel at Bedford.

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    Bedford, Bedfordshire.

    GV. Duke of Edinburgh arriving at the research Institute in Bedford. SV. The Duke shaking hands with officials lined up outside. GV. Wind tunnel, exterior. SV. Scientist examines model aircraft that is set up and ready for tests. CU. He runs his hands over the nose of model aircraft. SV. Group of men examining model of the wind tunnel, Prince Philip is one of them. SV. Inside wind tunnel, man looks at what seems like a big door - closing up. CU. Door just closing up. SV. Side view - Duke speaking to an audience of scientists. SCU. Duke of Edinburgh's speech (natural sound): "We seem to have got into the habit of thinking that all our troubles are going to be solved by machinery of this sort. That if you have a lot of science in some strange way, It's going to solve everything. In fact, of course, nothing could be further from the truth, but ultimately, some poor, well I won't call him a clot (laughter) but some poor chap of which there are a great many here, has actually got to (laughter) eh, scribble a shape on a envelope and say, well I think this is going to work, now do your worst and prove that it isn't and really. Ultimately, unless we have the men, the imagination, the designers and the people who back the designers, no amount of science is ever going to give us as good aeroplanes and we want 'yes' men as well as 'no' men and we want people who can encourage, and people who can see further than the end of their noses and further than the Ministry of Supply. Vote one thing and another, because that's another thing, we're all in this together, and I noticed the Minister looking rather smug (laughter) when eh, when Mr Burrows, said that the press are sometimes unkind about the aircraft industry. He's part of that industry, Ruddy well, (laughter) if he chooses wrong, it's not the aircraft Industry's fault. I'll see if anything happens..." (as he presses button). CU. Main drive motor starting up. GV. In the control room, man sitting in front of panel. CU. Dials working. SCU. Robot-like object in wind tunnel. LV. Exterior, Prince Philip walking along with two men past wind tunnel.

    (Rota Lavender.) (Orig "G")

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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:03:27:00 / 01:06:29:00

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