Great British Aircraft

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STORY OF THE SPITFIRE

It was the Supermarine seaplane racer plane that led directly to the development of its famous younger brother, the incredible Supermarine Spitfire. Is there any other plane that is so loved by its pilots? World War II veterans say it is a pleasure to fly, there was a magic about this magnificent plane. While Spitfires couldn t fly at night and there was a lack of communication what the Spitfire couldn t do was dramatically outweighed by what it could! The instantly recognisable Supermarine Spitfire is one of the most famous fighter aircraft used in the Battle of Britain in 1940. Had they not been there the outcome of the Battle of Britain could have turned out very different... we have a lot to thank the Spitfire for! Many Spitfires have been restored and can be seen at air shows to this day. Ever wanted to know more about the amazing feat of engineering that potentially changed the course of World War II? Then this is the DVD for you!

GREAT BRITISH AIRCRAFT

Many consider the prolific British engineer Sir George Cayley to be one of the most important people in the history of aeronautics as it was he who designed the first actual model of an aeroplane. It was a British man, Sir Frank Whittle, who is credited with single handedly invented the turbojet engine! From the first aircraft they produced, to the impressive array of military aircraft and bombers and the incredible productions today the British have always played a very important role in the aeronautic industry. As early as 1912, British firm Vickers were experimenting with machine gun carrying aircraft and it was World War I when aircraft were used on such a large scale for the first time. Skip forward to World War II and we had produced incredible bomber planes such as the Hawker Hurricane and Supermarine Spitfire. 1969 saw the first flight of Concorde, a turbojet-powered supersonic passenger airline enter service. It was developed by British Aircraft Corporation & Aérospatiale under an Anglo-French treaty. With the advances in technology, we are now in the designers golden age and witness the production of incredible engineering feats such as the Airbus A380, a double deck wide body four engine jet airliner jointly developed by European countries including the United Kingdom.

THE STORY OF THE RED ARROWS

For over 40 years The Red Arrows have been thrilling crowds at air shows both across the UK and internationally. They are quite simply the best at what they do. The Red Arrows could be described as a British institution, as well as a world-renowned air display team attracting a worldwide following of adoring fans. The Red Arrows, officially the Royal Air Force Display Team, is the public face of the RAF, formally promoting recruitment, as well as providing inspiration to significant numbers of those who join the Royal Air Force. Starting out as The Yellow jacks in the early sixties, the Reds officially took to the skies in 1965 flying the Folland Gnat before transferring to the B.a.e Hawk advanced trainer in 1979.

Through fantastic archive and display footage, we tell the story of The Red Arrows from their beginnings in 1964 right through to today.






 

 

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