• Short Summary

    Documentary about RAF cadets at Cranwell College.

  • Description

    RAF College, Cranwell, Lincolnshire.

    Aerial view of grand building - Cranwell College. MS looking through gates at college, gates open.

    Title reads: "Associated British Pathe presents THE SKY IS OURS".

    Credits: photographed by Bernard Till, Stan Goozee, edited by Lionel Hoare, John Farrow, W. S. Bland, sound - George Newberry, Nolan Roberts, production manager - Fred Smith, commentary written by John Pudney, music composed by Guy Warrack, musical director Muir Mathieson, with the Central Band of the Royal Air Force, under direction of Wing Commander Sims and the Band of the RAF College Cranwell ... Produced by Howard Thomas, directed by Terry Ashwood.

    VS Chipmunk plane landing on field at Cranwell. VS cadets marching through college grounds, narrator names one cadet as Frank Walker. VS pilots getting out of plane and taking off helmets, one is cadet Robert Campbell and the other his flying instructor. Cadets marching past college building.

    Interior. VS cadets walking around college corridors and lobbies, they pass paintings of RAF heroes. Tracking shot following cadet walking down corridor towards massive revolving globe. Various shots instructor giving aerodynamics lesson, with aid of wind machine and model plane, cadets sit in classroom, making notes. VS lecture theatre - cadets look at jet engine.

    VS instructor showing cadet how to use radar equipment. VS cadets looking at maps, part of navigation class, one is named by narrator Nigel Hawkins. VS cadets having history lesson. VS cadets looking aerial photograph lesson with US airforce officer. VS cadets in boiler suits having aeroplane mechanics lesson, they look at planes in aircraft hangar, one of cadets is Frank Walker.

    Various shots cadets queuing and eating in a mess hall / canteen. Cadets going in and out of college building and passing barracks. Interior. VS inside one of the barracks - the cadets' clothes and bedding are folded neatly, everything is immaculately tidy. Cadets inside airborne aeroplane, looking at maps and at the view out of window map. Various shots cadets flying gliders, narrator explains that gliding is encouraged as a spare time activity for cadets.

    Various shots Chipmunks taxiing on airfield. Chipmunk lands and instructor climbs out of back-seat. Instructor speaks to cadet pilot and informs him that he is ready for his first solo flight. Various shots of cadet pilot on solo flight: shots inside cockpit, from instructors point of view on ground and aerial views from airborne plane. Aerial shots of Balliols flying in formation. CU cadet in Balliol. More shots of airborne planes, plane peel off formation. Various shots of cadet flying plane at low level over countryside.

    CU door with sign: "Station Commander", pan down to cadet entering. Various shots of cadet shaking hands with Station Commander, cadet then takes a seat and chats with the commander. The cadet is reporting for his first operational pilot duty. MS cadets and rest of his squadron walking across airfield to planes. CU cadet looking at sky as planes fly over. Various shots cadet getting into Hunter jet plane, ground crew help him prepare for takeoff. Cadet's plane taxis and takes off. Various aerial shots cadet's plane in flight.

    End credit: "A Central Office of Information Film for the Air Ministry".

    Note: unclear whether cadet's names in commentary are genuine (their voices sound like they have been done by actors).

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    British Pathé
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    4K at Filmfinity
    Time in/Out:
    01:21:12:00 / 01:38:25:00

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