Rent Wartime Aircraft of the Fleet Air Arm (2004)

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This popular title provides a definitive film record of all the most significant aircraft types used by the Fleet Air Arm in both WWII and Korea, combining newly discovered archive film with exclusive aircrew interviews.

The Second World War and Korea
During the Second World War, the Fleet Air Arm flew and fought in some of the most hazardous missions imaginable, from the Atlantic and the Mediterranean to the Pacific. Yet its contribution to the war effort has been all too often overlooked. This unique video sets the record straight. It provides a definitive film record of the most significant aircraft types used and combines rare archive film from both the Second World War and Korea with vivid eyewitness accounts by surviving Fleet Air Arm pilots and aircrew of the era. Rare footage captures all the drama of a Fairey Barracuda raid on the German battleship Tirpitz in 1943. The last aircrew survivor of the attack on the Italian fleet at Taranto recalls the mission, while another veteran describes what it was like to dive bomb the Scharnhorst flying a slow Blackburn Skua through flak and massed enemy fighters. Other highlights include an in-depth profile of the Fairey Swordfish and dramatic film of Sea Hurricanes, Seafires, Martlets, Hellcats, Corsairs and Avengers flying carrier ops as part of the British Mediterranean and Pacific fleets. The video also includes amazing, previously unseen footage of Sea Furies and Fireflies in action in 1950, as well as first hand accounts of air combat missions in Korea.
Dd Video
Children & Family, Documentary, Special Interest
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Run Time:
83 minutes
English Dolby Digital 2.0, English LPCM Stereo
DVD Regions:
Region 0 (All)
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour and B & W
  • Bonus Film 'The Story of Naval Aviation' - An American Production and History: A fascinating half-hour which begins with the first carrier pilot, Eugene Ely, and his historic 1911 landing. It covers the rapid development from WW I through the 1920s, first use of arresting gear, cat shots of battleships in the '30s, first dive bombers and pioneer flying boat flights. Through WW II and into the jet age...a fast paced look at Naval Aviation

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