MAINTENANCE, STORAGE AND HANDLING OF RAF EXPLOSIVES [Main Title]
Training film about the maintenance and storage of explosives used by the Royal Air Force.
Reel 1: Opening scene of Vampire VZ150 on airfield being loaded with Rocket Projectiles and bombs, pilot prepares and taxis out. Scene of Bomb Dump loading bombs to truck then onto low trailer. Periodic servicing of bombs held is carried out at the Ammunition Depot. Nose and base transit plugs are removed Diagrammatic cross section of bomb shown and explanation of operation of detonators.. Checking detonator cavities for damage and service recorded. Storage of serviced bombs. Transferring bombs in shipping tubes to cargo ship. Aeronautical Inspection Services Proof Yard. Testing explosives and reconnaissance flare. Testing 20mm ammunition.
Reel 2: High explosive incendiary being tested on a range. Rocket Projectile propellant being checked for cordite condition. Reassembly of rocket motors after testing. Checking of ammunition prior to reuse. Examples of damaged rounds. After inspection belted ammo is repacked. Checking containers for air leaks
Reel 3: Sealing packed boxes to help detection of tampering. Various storage options for explosives. Stacking boxes. Use of narrow gauge trains to move loads. Compressed gas storage. Demonstration of dangers – oil soaked rag under pressure in oxygen explosion. Testing of charged cylinders by AIS inspector. Stacking cylinders, testing and refilling. Servicing of valves. Transporting cylinders. Acetylene gas cylinder storage. Recap of importance of all personnel doing their job properly.