STK-ID 7490

Cold Weather Tests (06/02/1948): silhouette shot in early morning of crawler tractor towing snow-covered Gloster Meteor jet. Shots of men clearing snow from jet, checking and servicing jet in cold weather, men are warmly dressed against the cold. Shot of men checking interior of Vampire jet. MLS of control tower of Watson Lake airfield. CUs of pilot in North American Mustang fighter, sliding canopy to closed position, of propellor beginning to spin. Various shots of sleek fighter warming up, taxiing off past camera. Series of shots of Vampire jet, Gloster Meteor warming up, taking off. CUs of work being done on Spitfire fighter. Front MS of aircraft, CUs of men at work. Shot of Fairey "Firefly", naval reconnaissance aircraft in background in first shot. Shot of Percival "Prentice" trainer being worked on. Sequence on men testing aircraft armament, firing machine guns affixed to wooden stands. Cut to perforated steel plate target after firing. Sequence on "Prentices" aircraft revving up, taxiing past camera one by one. GROUND TO AIR SHOTs of flypasts at high and low altitudes, Mustang and Spitfire landing, Vampire and Meteor jets taking off past camera. Various shots of aircraft being checked after flights, Spitfire starting, taking off. Similar plans. Shot of pilot in his cockpit looking at camera.


Excerpt from
Cold Weather Tests
Watson Lake (town)
National Film Board
Available formats
Reel 35 mm, HDCAM SR, Digital Video Disk
Shooting format
35mm fine grain b&w
Aspect ratio
Available resolutions
1920 x 1080