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    Squadron Leader Franklin pilots tailless aircraft, the flying wing. Rugby, Warwickshire.

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    Unissued / Unused material.

    Test flight of the jet engined tailless aircraft - the flying wing. Baginton near Rugby, Warwickshire.

    C/U Squadron Leader Franklin standing in front of the plane. M/S the nose of the plane. Various shots of the plane on the ground. M/S F. O. M. Sopwith, Chairman of Hawker-Siddeley, H. M. Woodham, Director of Armstrong Whitworth aircraft, Mr. Lloyd, designer of the tailless plane and Sir Ben Lockspieser, chief scientist of the Ministry of Supply.

    C/U the plane on the ground. Various shots of it in flight. C/U the jet apparatus at the rear of the plane with two of the above mentioned officials warming their hands on it. C/U Franklin. M/S's the flying wing taking off. L/S the flying wing landing.

    Cataloguer's note: cuts for story 'December Goes Out (aka Britain's Flying Wing)' in 47/102 on *PM1199*.

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    Film ID:
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    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:56:17:00 / 01:58:19:00
    UN 1876 C

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  1. Unknown user says

    The aircraft seen here is an Armstrong Whitworth A.W.52.

    The test seen here took place on 16 December 1947. An account of it can be read here.....
    e/view/1947/1947 - 2212.html

    "Squadron Leader Franklin" is Eric Franklin.

    "H. M. Woodham" should read H M Woodhams.

    "Sir Ben Lockspieser" should read Sir Ben Lockspeiser.

    "Baginton near Rugby, Warwickshire" - it's actually Bitteswell, (Baginton was the Armstrong Whitworth factory).

    The full report of the even seen here, with a commentary, can be seen in clip 1199.37.

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