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25 Years Of International Air Tatoo

For 25 years IAT has played host to aircraft and their crews involved in almost every aspect of aviation. Undoubtedly, admiration for the achievements of aircraft engineering and aircrew training will be honoured as the last two and a half decades have seen dramatic changes in the role and development of aviation.

This programme traces the history of IAT which began as a small airshow at North Weald airfield in 1971 in aid of Royal Air Force charities.Today, IAT is the biggest multinational gathering of military aircraft in the world.

With recent and archive footage of IAT over twenty five years, re-live the achievements shaping our aviation history and giving due recognition and gratitude to the many thousands of volunteers who annually undertake the organisation of the International Air Tattoo and the vigorous efforts of the RAF Benevolent Fund whose determination assists and has assisted countless RAF men, women and their families.

Written and narrated by Sean Maffett.

A Tigers Tale - Tiger Moth Story

Designed as an aircraft for the man in the street to buy and fly, Geoffrey de Havilland's extraordinary assemblage of wood, wire and tube is arguably the most loved and legendary aeroplane of the twentieth century. First built almost 70 years ago and flown by Amy Johnson on her epic flight to Australia, more than 400 of these extraordinary biplanes are still flying the world today.

Geoffrey de Havilland developed more than 20 planes; the Tiger Moth being just one. During its long life the Tiger, originally a training aircraft which trained thousands of pilots for World War II, has been used as a taxi, ambulance and crop sprayer; roles which it continues to fulfil thoughout the world.

This programme describes the history and characteristics of the Tiger Moth including superb archive footage and interviews with many of the men and women who have flown and loved the aircraft - including HRH the Duke of Edinburgh. It also contains some exciting recent colour film of the Tiger Moths still flying, some after sixty years.

This DVD, made before his accident, is presented by the late Christopher Reeve, who was also an enthusiastic Tiger pilot.

Includes rarely seen archive footage from: ITN, Visnews, British Aerospace, British Pathe News, De Havilland Museum, Imperial War Museum and the RSF Museum, Hendon.

"...superb archive footage and interviews..."
Aeroplane Monthly (July 2007)

An Airfield In England

'Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away' Antoine de Saint- Exupery.

A unique new film outlining the history of the Lasham Airfield from its construction in 1942 throughout the war years to 2006. Situated in the tranquil Hampshire countryside, the airfield took 8 months to complete and stretches over 3 miles in length.

Using archive footage, dramatic reconstruction and interviews with war veterans, writer and director Oliver Tobias takes us back to the airfields creation, throughout the drama of the war years and ultimately to Lasham in the 21st Century, as a Boeing 757 arrives at ATC Lasham's maintenance base for its 18 month service. A skilled team of engineers and crew work around the clock over a 15 day period, totalling a number of 1,330 man hours. The aircraft successfully passes its rigorous service, having gone through numerous inspection processes; it is now free to fly.

'A Clever and evocative film containing brief reconstructions worthy of a BBC costume drama.'
PILOT MAGAZINE

'A beautifully presented, highly professional programme encapsulating the long and varied history of aviation at that most aesthetic of aviation places, Lasham in Hampshire.'
AVIATION NEWS MAGAZINE

Brooklands The Birth Place Of British Aviation

This definitive DVD demonstrates Brooklands' unique place in aviation history and its international significance to today's aerospace, airline and defence industries.

Brooklands has a distinguished record in aircraft design, production and development. The site is linked with many famous names in British aviation - including Sir Thomas Sopwith, Rex Pierson, Sir Sydney Camm and Sir George Edwards - and with some of the greatest achievements of the British aerospace industry.

This DVD tells the story of Brooklands, its aircraft and the engineers, designers and pilots that have made it the spiritual home of flight. Using rare archive film, it reveals the stories behind the first British powered flight by A.V. Roe in 1908, thousands of civil and military aircraft built by the Sopwith, Hawker, Vickers and British Aircraft Corporation companies. The film also highlights the crucial role that Brooklands played in flying training, record-breaking flights, light aviation, the design of the 'Dambusters' bouncing bomb, and the significant contributions to more recent world-leading projects � most notably Concorde, Airbus, Hawk and Tornado.

Buccaneer

In the Gulf War the Buccaneer proved that it could play a significant offensive role both as a target marker for Tornados and as a bomber in its own right. This was no surprise to the Royal Navy and the RAF who considered that the Buccaneer had been one of the world's best low-level strike aircraft of the last 30 years.

Features rare archive footage and exclusive interviews with the people who designed and flew the plane giving a personal insight into the innovations, the testing and service life of this magnificent aircraft.

The mighty Buccaneer was an aircraft apparently forged from solid steel by the gods themselves and though starting out as a rather underpowered beast went on to become the best-loved post-war attack aircraft in the UK . In bygone years 'Buccs' would be found screaming along at hedge-top height (or lower!) leaving behind deafened but happy admirers...

"It is well liked because of its inherent stability at low level... It has earned and kept the respect of NATO allies."
Commanding Officer, 16 Squadron RAF, February 1984.

Special DVD feature:
Development of steam catapults with early sea trials of various aircraft including steam catapult trials with the NA39 Buccaneer prototype.

Concorde

The Worlds Greatest Airliner

A fascinating insight into the worlds only supersonic civil aircraft.

With unprecedented access from British Airways over four years, this programme provides some highly exclusive and unique footage from the cockpit, on the ground and in the hanger.

This unique mix of footage, together with comments and anecdotes from Concorde Captains past and present, provides a programme unrivalled anywhere for its comprehensive coverage of this extraordinary airliner.

Concorde The Farewell

The Last Days Of Concorde

This programme provides a fascinating insight into the final moths of Concorde service.

As well as comprehensive coverage of Concorde 216's final ever flight into Filton on 26th Novemeber 2003, the programme also covers many final flights around the UK, as well as museum delivery flights to Concorde's final resting places.

Also covered as part of the final US tour is BA's last ever flight from London to Washington DC in October 2003

Diamond In The Sky: The Red Arrows

The Official Inside Story Of The Red Arrows

All the team are highly experienced front line fast jet pilots.

Intense practice is needed before they can achieve perfection for which the Red Arrows are world famous.

Farnborough Above And Beyond

Farnborough: Above & Beyond celebrates 100 years of powered flight and the pioneering spirit which put Britain at the forefront of aviation technology.

This isn't a story so much about specific aircraft, but more about the research and development that went into flight technology, which in turn enabled various aircraft to be brought into service.

We pay tribute to the pioneering spirit of the scientists, technicians, researchers and pilots who were responsible for many of the greatest advances in aviation technology including for example, the gas turbine jet engine, radar, ejector seats, delta winged flight, weapons, and supersonic flight in the form of Concorde. Farnborough is also home to the world famous Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB). Includes footage from the Farnborough Air Sciences Trust (F.A.S.T.) film archive and extraordinary scenes of the trials and testing conducted by the RAE throughout the 1900s.

Chapters:
  • How It All Began (Colonel Cody etc.)
  • On the Wing (Delta wing and aerodynamics)
  • Seeing in the Dark (Radar, night vision)
  • The Weakest Link (Institute of Aviation Medicine, the Human Factor)
  • The Investigators (AAIB, includes Lockerbie wreckage)
  • Today and Tomorrow (Space technology)
  • The Story Continues...
Anyone with an interest in aviation, science, engineering or modern technology will be fascinated by this classic, historic, powerful production.

"...the whole thing comes together and succeeds in telling Farnborough's fascinating story."
Spitfire Magazine, Spring 2007

Flying The Avro Lancaster

A fascinating insight into the cockpit of a classic British heavy bomber - "A pilot's-eye view."

Derived from the twin-engine AVRO Manchester, the Lancaster was designed for one purpose; to carry bombs. Its bomb bay was stressed to take more than twenty thousand pounds of high explosives. Powered by four Rolls Royce engines, it carried enough fuel to take it deep into the German heartland, destroying cities and wreaking havoc on Hitler's heavy industries.

The Lancaster is probably best known for the famous 'Dam Busters Raid' in May 1943, when aircraft of the RAF's 617 Squadron attacked the Mohne, Eder, Sorpe and Ennepe damns in the Ruhr, using the revolutionary 'bouncing bomb' designed by Sir Barnes Wallis.

In this documentary film the Lancaster is flown from its base at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum at Hamilton, Ontario by Don Schofield, a retired Air Canada captain.

After a detailed cockpit tour and pre-flight inspection, we join the crew for some local flying in the Hamilton area. Multiple cameras provide detailed coverage in the cockpit while cameras in accompanying B-25 Harvard and Bell Jetranger provide spectacular aerial prospective.

Flying The B-25 Mitchell

The North American B-25 Mitchell is perhaps the best known allied medium bomber of World War Two. It was named to honour General Billy Mitchell, a pioneer of military aviation on the United States, in particular the use of bombers against battleships. A rugged, reliable aircraft, the B-25 saw service in almost every theatre with several air forces and was much loved by aircrews.

It first captured public attention after General Jimmy Doolittle's audacious raid on Tokyo in April 1942. Sixteen B-25s took off from the carrier USS Hornet, flew to Japan and bombed their target successfully. Return to the Hornet was not part of the plan because the B-25 was never designed for shipboard operation, so the aircraft flew on towards China. Unfortunately, they had been forced to launch prematurely, and at the limit of their fuel, all but one crash-landed short of their pre-arranged destinations.

More than 10,000 B-25s were built. The aircraft featured in this DVD is a B-25J, operated by the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. It came off the production line in 1945, too late for active service so began its working life as a corporate transport. It has been restored in the markings of 98 Squadron RAF and is dedicated to the Canadian personnel who served in that squadron and also to all the members of the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum who were awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Flying The De Havilland Vampire

In 1943, an exciting new sound was heard around the British airfields and a new shape appeared in British skies. It was the De Havilland Vampire, Britain's second jet fighter. The whine of its Goblin engine, the absence of propeller and its distinctive twiin boom layout, marked it as something really different.

The aircraft featured in this documentary production is ZK-RVM, a two seat trainer version. It was built in 1958 for the Swiss Air Force, where it served until 1990, when it was completely overhauled. Now based at New Plymouth, on the North Island of New Zealand, the aircraft is powered by a De Havilland Goblin MK 35 jet engine, rated at 3,500lb static thrust. Even though constructed largely of wood, the cabin is pressurized. Early jet engines were notorious for their high fuel consumption and the Goblin was no exception.

In this programme, Brett Emeny, an experienced formation aerobatics pilot, takes us on a walk around of his aircraft followed by a cockpit tour. We then fly with Brett on an aerobatic sortie, firsly in formation with another Vampire flown by Paul 'Huggy' Hughan and then solo. Multiple cameras provide breathtaking coverage from in the cockpit, air-to-air and from the ground. An extra feature is a detailed look at the Goblin, an early production jet engine which makes interesting comparisons with the engines of today.

Flying The Legendary DV-3

In 1943, an exciting new sound was heard around the British airfields and a new shape appeared in British skies. It was the De Havilland Vampire, Britain's second jet fighter. The whine of its Goblin engine, the absence of propeller and its distinctive twiin boom layout, marked it as something really different.

The aircraft featured in this documentary production is ZK-RVM, a two seat trainer version. It was built in 1958 for the Swiss Air Force, where it served until 1990, when it was completely overhauled. Now based at New Plymouth, on the North Island of New Zealand, the aircraft is powered by a De Havilland Goblin MK 35 jet engine, rated at 3,500lb static thrust. Even though constructed largely of wood, the cabin is pressurized. Early jet engines were notorious for their high fuel consumption and the Goblin was no exception.

In this programme, Brett Emeny, an experienced formation aerobatics pilot, takes us on a walk around of his aircraft followed by a cockpit tour. We then fly with Brett on an aerobatic sortie, firsly in formation with another Vampire flown by Paul 'Huggy' Hughan and then solo. Multiple cameras provide breathtaking coverage from in the cockpit, air-to-air and from the ground. An extra feature is a detailed look at the Goblin, an early production jet engine which makes interesting comparisons with the engines of today.

Flying The P-51 Mustang

In 1944, as the allied daylight bombing offensive moved further eastward into Europe, the North American P-51 Mustang provided much-needed air superiority.

It had the range and the firepower to ride shotgun for the bombers, escorting them all the way to Germany, and all the way home again. It was, without doubt, one of the most important fighters of the war.

The aircraft featured in this DVD is the definitive version. It's a P-51 D, powered by a Packard Merlin engine, and operated by a group of Warbird enthusiasts out of Caboolture Airfield, near Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

It was flown for Classic Cockpits by Matt Hall, an ex R.A.A.F. FA/18 pilot, who at the time of shooting was Australia's only representative in the Red Bull Air Race Team.

Flying The PBY Catalina

Designed in 1935 the PBY-5 Catalina served with distinction in both the Atlantic and Pacific theatres, as long-range maritime patrol bomber and air-sea rescue aircraft. Catalinas also pioneered air routes over vast tracts of empty oceans, sometimes staying in the air in complete radio silence, for more than 24 hours. After the war, Catalinas continued to serve as transport and water bombers, but numbers dwindled over the years and unfortunately only a handful of airworthy examples remain today. The aircraft featured in this DVD is one of them.

We join ZK-PBY en route to scenic Lake Taupo in New Zealand's North Island, for a training weekend. This is a rare occasion; to preserve the hull from errosion the PBY-5A never lands on sea and visits freshwater Lake Taupo rarely. We take time to enjoy air-to-air footage of this historic aircraft against the spectacular New Zealand landscape (and the company of a formation of Yak trainers), before landing on the runway at Taupo Airport, with snow-clad (and volcanic) Mount Ruapehu in the background. Training Captain Brett Emeny takes us on a walk-around. The hull shape, as well as the fittings and features, reflect the aircraft's dual roles of big speedboat and flying machine.

In the cockpit, Brett passes on some valuable handling tips. We learn that ailerons require one and a half turns of the control wheel for full travel and that they are used a lot, in careful co-ordination with the rudder, so flying a Catalina is a very physical experience!

Giant Of The Skies

The comprehensive Channel 4 series offering exclusive access to the story of the construction of the world's biggest and heaviest airliner, told through the people who made it happen.

The Airbus A380 is more advanced than any airliner that has flown before and can fly non-stop a third of the way around the world. It is three times as long as a blue whale and five times as heavy. The tip of the plane tail is as tall as an eight storey building. The four Rolls Royce engines, built in Derby, cost the same as four tons of solid gold.

This absorbing Channel 4 series documents the construction and assembly of the A380 by tens of thousands of people in teams from Britain, France, Germany and Spain.

The components are transported thousands of miles by land and sea for final assembly in Toulouse. The multi-million pound wings are manufactured in Broughton, Wales. Their journey to France includes heart-stopping navigation under a bridge, where the water level must be precisely calculated to avoid disaster. There is no margin for error.

Dramatic tests are carried out on the engines and landing gear but as delays creep in, the day for revealing the plane to the world has been set and behind-the-scenes tension mounts.

Finally, the world's press, Heads of State, major airlines and ten thousand VIPs arrive in Toulouse to witness the historic test flight of the most ambitious plane ever. The test flight was a massive news event around the world. Later this year, Singapore Airlines will be the first carrier to launch commercial A380 flights.

THE GIANT OF THE SKIES will have broad appeal as both a celebration of cutting edge technological achievement and as a gripping record of human endeavour under fierce pressure and real jeopardy.

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.

This fast paced, action packed DVD features original and dramatic footage provided by British Aerospace and the Ministry of Defence to link with exclusive videotape taken of No1 (Fighter) Squadron's spectacular mass display of Harriers at Fairford's International Air Tattoo '96, as well as eavesdropping on briefing, kitting out and cockpit checks before a 'Four Ship' ground attach sortie from the home of the Harrier at RAF Wittering. Also, recorded for the first time at Boscombe Down Flight Test Centre, we show you the cockpit of the special 'fly-by' wire' Harrier created by the Defence Evaluations & Research Agency to test the new flight control system for the combat 'jump jets' of the future - the US/British Joint Strike Fighter.

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.

"...well produced, nicely put together, well edited and worth a look, several times, if the all-time classic 'jump-jet' does it for you."
Aviation News

Jet Jockeys

A look behind British Airways flight 009

We follow British Airways flight 009 from London Heathrow to Sydney Australia via Bangkok, our pilot Ted Deacon tells us what it takes to fly a Boeing 747 on a long haul flight.
from the pilots briefing to the pre flight check, we take off on our 11 hour flight with capt Deacon explaining all that happens while the plane is in flight ight to landing in Bangkok, their the relief crew take over for the final leg of the flight to Sydney while Capt Deacon and his crew get some well earned rest.

Memphis Belle - The Untold Story

The story of the Memphis Belle is legendary. One of the first colour histories of WW2 the extraordinary colour footage remains as breathtaking as ever.

Now producer William Woollard has produced a definitive two-part two-hour production adding more than 60% of remarkable hitherto unseen footage.

'The Untold Story' includes a remastered and revised version of the epic bombing raid PLUS footage of the triumphant return of the Belle to the United States. Extra footage features colour pictures of the first long distance raid on Ploesti in Romani as well as a full study of the development of the B17s and the B29s, the never produced Douglas B19 and the awesome U.S. build up of men and machines that finally defeated the Luftwaffe and vindicated the deadly policy of daylight bombing.

From Palm Beach to Hiroshima, with amazing archive material and authoritative commentary, this is the untold story of the B17s and B29s that surround the legend of the Memphis Belle.

The Official Red Arrows 1995/96 World Tour

Fly around the world with the Red Arrows as they perform their spectacular aerial displays above some of the world's most breathtaking scenery. Amid the highs and lows of such an extensive tour, travel with them to the Middle East, to Table Mountain in South Africa, Zimbabwe's Victoria Falls, the Malaysian Island of Langkawi, Canberra and Sydney's Harbour in Australia and Singapore.

As the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows in their distinctive red British Aerospace Hawk aircraft, represent the Best of British and are fine ambassadors for British engineering and Royal Air Force training, achieving the epitome of flying and technical proficiency. With their long tradition encapsulating excellence in the stunning art of formation and display flying they have given enormous pleasure to record-breaking crowds everything they performed.

Experience the sensation of flying with the pilots during their aerial ballets and close choreographed manoeuvres featuring amazing, never seen before, air to air footage over some of the most recognised landmarks of the world today. The film also includes thrilling in-cockpit footage with radio coms from Red One. See the display as viewed by the pilots' themselves!