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Flight of the Firebirds


Series Name
British Movietone News


Issue No.
Date Released
20 May 1963
Date submitted
14 May 1963
Stories in this Issue:
  1. 1European Champions
  2. 2New Look at Victory
  3. 3Champions on Ice
  4. 4Flight of the Firebirds
  5. *Scottish Cup Final - Rangers Victorious

* Story has local or special distribution


Story No. within this Issue
4 / 4
MOVIETONE CARD TITLE: Flight of the Firebirds. DESCRIPTION: Pilots of No 56 Squadron, Fighter Command - The Firebirds - are providing this year’s RAF aerobatic team, led by Squadron Leader Seward. Following such famous teams as the Black Arrows and The Blue Diamonds, The Firebirds have a very high standard to live up to. The display season opens on Whit Monday, with the North Weald Show. It’ll reach an early climax at the Paris Air Show, (more important than usual this year because there’s no ‘Farnborough’). SHOTLIST: Key scene. Men of 56 Squadron The Firebirds on tarmac. GV Lightning fighters. MCU pilot in cockpit. MLS Lightnings. CU squadron emblem on tail plane. CU Lightnings taxi away. LS pan - same take off. GV formation of Lightnings and smoke trails. CU same. LS smoke trails and Lightnings pass out of camera. GV formation flying. LS Lightnings peel off. BS formation splits. MLS same and fly past. MS crowd. BS Lightnings peel off. LS formation splits - pan. No 56 Squadron is led by Squadron Leader Seward.
Displays; Aviation; Military
Card file number
Leslie Mitchell
Norman Fisher
Length of story (in feet)
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