The Imperial War Museum Collection features rare and fascinating original films preserved in the Museum's archives. Many have never been released to the public before and are presented here, complete and uncut, for the very first time. These films are of great historical importance and are essential viewing for anyone interested in maritime and aviation history. Comprised of wartime naval instructional films prepared for the Admiralty, this unique title offers a diverse insight into 'Fleet Air Arm' operations and its carriers and aircraft.
Battlefleets of Britain An overview of Britain's naval prowess at the start of the Second World War, looking at the principal theatre of operations and including a brief look at carriers and their escort convoys. Carrier Flying A dramatised instructional film stressing the importance of following the 'Batsman's' signals from the carrier deck while landing and also covering waiting positions prior to a carrier landing. Catapult Ships Made in 1940, this film covers the launch and recovery of aircraft on ships fitted with catapults, largely shot aboard HMS Pegasus using the Walrus flying boat. Deck Landing This 1942 film takes you through a complete cycle of flying operations with Swordfish operating from a carrier. Also seen are the Martlet, Albacore, Fulmar and the first-ever deck landing by a Seafire. Fleet Fighter A dramatised film showing how fliers were turned into fighter pilots by the Fleet Air Arm, with superb Hurricane footage including air-to-air and mock dogfight material. U-Boats Recognition Attack by Naval Aircraft This fascinating instructional film explains how to identify the three different types of German submarine, reveals their weak spots and then explains how to sink them with depth charges. How An Aircraft Flies A basic guide to the principles of flight, as demonstrated by a Spitfire.