When the Shackleton first took to the air on March 9th 1949 no-one could have imagined that this aircraft would still be in service well into the 1980s. Many aircrafts came and went, but the Shackleton continued its loyal and efficient service to the Royal Air Force for well over thirty years. Over the years, the Shackleton's role remained essentially the same: guardian of the skies over the seas that have throughout history been Britain's lifeline to the rest of the world. Called upon to fulfil many diverse tasks, this versatile aircraft undertook a vast array of missions, from naval intelligence and weather surveys, to mail drops and search and rescues, though her primary role was focused on combating the threat of submarine warfare. With the use of archive footage, expert commentary and fascinating interviews with Arthur T. Harris, the R.A.F's commander-in-chief: Bomber Command and the Avro Shackleton's chief test pilot, Jimmy Orrell, "History of Aviation - The Shackleton" provides a fitting tribute to the Royal Air Force's last operational piston-engined aircraft.. Including bonus documentary: "History of Aviation". From the Wright Brothers' and other early attempts of flight to the importance of aeroplanes during the Second World War, "History of Aviation" is a fascinating look at the origins, progress, key figures and famous aircraft that have made aviation history.