Pre inspection of a B-47 Stratojet by Col. Kunkle and Colonel Greer before it takes off from Brize-Norton Air Force Base.
United Kingdom Date:1953, November 1 Duration:3 min 12 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Activities at Brize-Norton Air Force Base in the United Kingdom. A U.S. Air Force B-47 Stratojet aircraft stationary at an air strip. The engine starts. Operations being performed on the aircraft. An auxiliary power unit in front of the aircraft. Ground crewmen perform preflight inspection of the B-47 before starting the engines. Colonel Kunkle, crew member of the B-47 writes information on a flight plan form. Colonel Greer peers into a section of the engine. Preflight inspection. Col. Kunkle makes a visual check of the wings and all components parts of the aircraft. A ground crew operates the auxiliary power unit control panel for starting the engine of the B-47. He checks the rocket assist unit. Airmen make adjustments on the release nozzle of the rocket assist unit. The colonel reads information on a check sheet. A ground crewmen holds hands over the auxiliary power unit. A staff car drives up a taxi strip. Water covers the taxi strip. Heavy rainfall and no aircraft visible. Col. Kunkle, Colonel Greer and Major Richards get off from the car and walk. The crew donning flight equipment stands near the nose of the B-47 prior to boarding it. The Col. and the crew converse before boarding the aircraft. Men check each other's personal equipment. The B-47 stationary at the air strip. The engine starting unit with the auxiliary power unit in the nose. The B-47 taxis over the water covered runway. A jet blast blows a spray behind the aircraft. A ground crewman gives signal to the aircraft taxiing in the parking area. A ground radio control unit in a half ton truck. The operator of the truck talks over a radio phone. The rocket unit is set in. Rocket assisted takes off.
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