ROYAL AIR FORCE COASTAL COMMAND, 1939-1945.
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A meteorological pilot, Flying Officer J B Gordon of No. 521 Squadron RAF, prepares to don the many layers of clothes he wears for high-altitude weather flying, which are hanging from the radio aerial of his Gloster Gladiator Mark II, N5897 'E', at Bircham Newton, Norfolk. A ground crewman stands by with Gordon's SD jacket and parachute. A psychrometer and an aneroid barometer, which will be attached to the aircraft for the THUM (Temperature and Humidity) flight, have been placed on the elevator.
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