British NCO served as parachute tester with RAF at Airborne Forces Experimental Establishment, Beaulieu, GB, 1946-1950
REEL 1: Recollections of period as parachute tester with RAF at Airborne Forces Experimental Establishment, Beaulieu, GB, 1946-1950: served as aircrew with RAF in GB until 1945; re-trained as Parachute Jumping Instructor and posted to Airborne Forces Experimental Establishment, Beaulieu Airfield, 1946; description of Beaulieu airfield; role of Airborne Forces Experimental Establishment testing parachute equipment and parachute dropping aircraft and helicopters; reason for move to Beaulieu; personnel; role of C Flight in testing parachutes; description of parachuting from aircraft onto dropping zone; number of test jumps; duties of other Flights; testing of American helicopters; description of camp and workshops; organisation of camp and personnel; accommodation and messing facilities; description of parachutes and packing; accidents; recreational activities and social life; problem of damage to parachutes after testing.
REEL 2 Continues: description of tests being filmed from dropping aircraft; story of accident during test; story of mushrooms; question of secrecy on airfield; sporting activities; question of wearing uniform; reasons for airfield being closed, 1950; story of applying for air crew and deferred service until 1944; re-mustered as Parachute Jumping Instructor, 1945; memories of visits to Southampton and Bournemouth; problem of cold weather at Beaulieu; attitude to discipline; washing and sanitary facilities; YMCA and NAAFI facilities; opinion of food; sergeants mess.
REEL 3 Continues: number of personnel; use of civilian staff; home leave; social life; description of testing airborne life-jacket in Solent; story of testing aircraft equipment; testing of Vickers Viscount for military use; description of testing helicopters; air displays at Beaulieu; role in training paratroopers to jump from Hastings aircraft.
REEL 4 Continues: description of jumping with paratroopers from cage under tethered barrage balloon; question of using reserve parachute; attitude to danger; description of jumping with kit bag; importance of checking equipment; use of dummies in testing; injuries; story of reserve parachute opening before main parachute; reason for adaptations to tail plane of Hastings; rescue and medical services on dropping zone; attitude to sky-diving; story of testing parachute with panel missing; height of jumps; description of barometric parachute.
REEL 5 Continues: developments in parachute design; attitude to parachuting as leisure activity; further description of balloon and cage used for training.