An attempt to suggest what "makes" an RAF pilot in terms of both training and motivation.
A father and son, out cycling, watch a Vampire jet fly over; the son, we are told, has decided to make his career in the RAF. He is next seen at an interview with an RAF officer; everybody wants to fly, but only the pick of applicants will make pilots; he is, however, given a chance to prove himself. After initial training (drill, PT) cadets arrive at flying school and commence training in Percival Prentice aircraft, later moving on to Harvards. A close link between pupil and instructor is formed; flying training alternates with navigation classes, the two combining in a solo navigation exercise. On the day of selection, the "vital list" is posted; overconfident 'Bill' has failed but "you" have passed and "broken the fetters that bind you". A 'lyrical' sequence contrasts the real experiences awaiting "you" with the stay-at-homes whose knowledge of the world is limited to maps: "your future, like the future of your whole generation, lies in flight."