"The Fleet Air Arm: At War and Peace" is a unique video, collecting together rare and previously unseen and unavailable films celebrating the Royal Navy's aviation history. As well as providing fascinating film records of Royal Navy aircraft carriers, operations and aircraft, it also offers an invaluable 'behind the scenes' look at life in the Fleet Air Arm. This collection features three films and covers the period 1943 to 1959.
The Volunteer - 1943 Ralph Richardson stars in this dramatised Fleet Air Arm wartime documentary which was produced, written and directed by the distinguished team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Following the fortunes of a pilot and an air mechanic in the Fleet Air Arm, it offers a fascinating look at life on board a wartime British aircraft carrier and action with Seafires, Albacores and Martlets, as well as footage of other Fleet Air Arm stalwarts including the Kingfisher and Walrus Flying Boat. Eagles of the Fleet - 1950 Ralph Richardson provides the narration for this stirring look at the Home Fleet on exercises off Gibraltar, with the emphasis on the role of British carriers and their contingent of Hawker Sea Furies and Fairey Fireflies. Rare footage of an early navy jet, the Supermarine Attacker, is also included. Floating Fortress - 1959 Join HMS Victorious - then Britain's newest aircraft carrier - for a voyage from Malta to Gibraltar, replenishing at sea along the way. Filmed in glorious colour, this superb documentary reveals life below decks on the carrier as well as capturing in detail the activities on the carrier's flight deck, thronging with Scimitars and Vixens!