Best of British Aircraft

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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, officially the Royal Air Force Display Team, are 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 Yellowjacks in the early sixties the Reds officially took to the skies in 1965 flying the Folland Gnat before transferring to the BAE Hawk advanced trainer in 1979. The pilots are renowned for their precision, and with such professional excellence, it is little wonder that the Red Arrows never fail to enthrall with their breathtaking displays.

Through fantastic archive and display footage, we tell the story of the Red Arrows from their beginnings in 1964 right through to today. Spitfire A Pilots View: The Supermarine Spitfire is a British single-seat fighter aircraft that was used by the Royal Air Force and many other Allied countries throughout the Second World War. The Spitfire continued to be used as a front line fighter and in secondary roles into the 1950s. It was produced in greater numbers than any other British aircraft and was the only British fighter in continuous production throughout the war. The Spitfire was designed as a short-range, high-performance interceptor aircraft, and during the Battle of Britain (July October 1940), the Spitfire was perceived by the public as the RAF fighter.

After the Battle of Britain, the Spitfire became the backbone of RAF Fighter Command, and saw action in the European, Mediterranean, Pacific and the South-East Asian theatres. Much loved by its pilots, the Spitfire served in several roles, including interceptor, photo-reconnaissance, fighter-bomber, carrier-based fighter, and trainer. Harrier The Vertical Reality: The Harrier - the World s best selling combat jump jet . The reality - almost forty years on after the first development aircraft flew, the Harrier is still one jump ahead of its rivals. This DVD salutes the achievements of the Harrier, in peace and war, over land and sea, through test and research, taking this unique British aircraft design towards the 21st century.

We bring you the test pilots who lifted the first RAF Harrier into the air in 1966 and the squadron pilots who flew her in the fiercest of firefights - in the Falklands campaign and, most recently, in Bosnia. Special DVD feature: Actor and aviation enthusiast, David Jason, arrives at RIAT in a two-seater Harrier, meets Test Pilot, Bill Bedford, while the Harrier squadron performs a simulated bombing raid. Vulcan Spirit of Woodford: The Avro Vulcan is a jet-powered delta wing strategic bomber, which was operated by the Royal Air Force (RAF) from 1956 until 1984. Experience the grace and beauty of this majestic aircraft from its early years to the current 603 s re-build at its birthplace - AVRO, Woodford. With some never before seen vintage footage, together with current footage of the 603 s restoration and interviews with ex crew members, this DVD explores the Vulcan s pedigree and illustrious career. The Spirit of Woodford is very much alive!

 

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