One Man's Day at Work - Short Brothers

One Man's Day at Work - Short Brothers

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Details

Location

Belfast

Year

1963

Date

Transmission 01/11/1963

Length

10min 31sec

Audio

silent

Format

16mm

black and white

Source

Funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland under the Archiving Scheme 2

Courtesy

Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, Department for Communities, ITV, UTV Archive

Rights Holder

ITV

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Description

The film follows the story of one young man's day at work at Short Brothers in Belfast. Filmed 1963, the footage shows him leaving his house to follow the crowds of men to work. Hundreds of men walk and cycle to the factory. External and internal shots of the factory show men working on aircraft - in this case the 'Belfast' model. Our young man clocks in and goes with his boss to work on the cockpit area of one of the aircraft. He is then sent to the supplies office to collect a tool.

Notes

The Belfast, built by Short Brothers, is a giant of an aircraft at over 48m (158ft) span and 41m (136ft) long, weighing 56 tons empty and more than twice that when fully loaded; consequently each aircraft was named after a giant, and XR371 was called 'Enceladus'.

Design of this long-range, strategic transport aircraft began in February 1959, with the first flight in January 1964. Only ten, of the originally ordered thirty, 'Belfast's' were built, all for the RAF. The Belfast could carry 150 fully-equipped troops, a Chieftain tank, or two Wessex helicopters. It has enough room in its hold to carry two single deck buses.

It worked all over the world on special flights for the armed forces until phased out of service in 1976. Belfast XR371 was flown to Cosford in the Autumn of 1978. At the time it was commissioned, Short Brothers employed thousands of men in Belfast, but had made 1,000 redundant the year before. 

Credits

An Ulster Television production

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