Concorde - 24 Hour World - Civil Aviation

Concorde - 24 Hour World
(1973, 28 mins, directed by John Costello and Terry Hughes) Concorde, the head-turning supersonic airliner, only entered commercial service in January 1976, and although 'Concorde 24 Hour World' was made some years previous to that in 1973, it remains the definitive documentary to chart the optimism and weight of expectation this stunning aircraft carried. Its Anglo-French design and development was an enormous technological and logistical effort with the nose, tail and part of the fuselage being built in Bristol and its body and wings in Toulouse. The film focuses on Concorde 002, the British test aircraft that was to spend 'most of its flying hours at the edge of the stratosphere' and which was 'the most thoroughly tested civil aircraft ever'. Built to be tested to the limits, 002 was never to see public service. We see test pilot John Cochrane in a pre-flight briefing and in the cockpit, and this beautiful aircraft in stunning taxiing, take-off, air-to-air, descent and landing shots, as well as at various locations on its 1972 World Tour visiting places as diverse as Athens, Sydney, Singapore, Tokyo, India, Beirut and Iran in order to encourage vital orders from foreign airlines.

CONCORDE (1976, 21mins, directed by Arnold L. Miller)
A celebration of Concorde in the year it entered commercial service. This film shows Concorde in its early British Airways livery at Heathrow. We also get an insight into the construction process through scenes at the British Aircraft Corporation factories in Weybridge and Filton, and the unbelievably rigorous developmental testing procedures of the airframe at Farnborough, including the C.A.A. certification for rain. At Fairford we see the latest production Concorde undergoing testing, and shots of early Concorde flight simulators, with a voice-over by John Cochrane. We see the pre-production Concorde 001 and the final shots of 002 at Fairford before its final flight to the Fleet Air Arm Museum where it remains as an exhibit to this day.

DAY OF THE CONCORDE (1976, 14mins)
'The most beautiful aircraft ever to evolve from the mind of man'. Another film celebration of Concorde covering an early return proving flight from London Heathrow to Gander in Newfoundland, with an emphasis on the superb in-flight service and the 'Concorde experience' of the customer at 55,000 feet, flying at Mach 2 - twice the speed of sound. The success of the flight was a pre-cursor to a presentation of the CAA's certificate of airworthiness and the celebrations surrounding the inaugural commercial flight to Bahrain on 21st January 1976 - the 'Day Of The Concorde'.

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SUPERSONIC HYPERSONIC FLIGHT (1962, 14mins)
This film shows early research into supersonic and hypersonic flight as it stood in the pioneering days of the early 1960s. Military jets had already left the sound barrier behind and the next leap forward was to be the supersonic passenger airliner known as Concorde. Using laboratory scenes, wind tunnel tests and shots of the Handley Page 115 and BAC 221, a trio of scientists explain the aerodynamics of the 'delta wing' and the proposed 'wave rider' air shapes, demonstrating an experimental silicon nitrite metal strengthener before concluding with speculations as to the future development of hypersonic airframes.

CLIP FROM 'EUROPEAN NEWS' (1980, 1min)

CLIP FROM 'TEST PILOT'
(1972, 2 mins) A silent take-off and landing sequence of the prototype Concorde followed by an interview with test pilot John Cochrane.

CONCORDE AT THE PARIS AIRSHOW (1969, 30 seconds)

INTERVIEW WITH ARNOLD L. MILLER, DIRECTOR OF THE 1976 FILM 'CONCORDE' (2008, 3 mins)

IMAGE GALLERY
Rare Concorde stills, including photos from Concorde's 1972 promotional 'round-the-world' tour.

PDF MATERIAL
London Television Service press releases and '24 Hour World' Concorde blueprint brochure.

Catalogue Number: SN6655
Classification: Exempt
Picture: 1.33:1 / Colour
Subtitles: None
Time: 85 mins Approx
Barcode: 5027626665548
Number of Discs: 1
Sound: Mono / English
Region: 0 PAL

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Code: SN6655
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British Air Traffic Control 1963 - 1973
Five unique archive films exploring the work of Britain's National Air Traffic Control Service.

THE CONTROLLERS (1963, directed by Peter Watkins, Colour, 26 mins)

Filmed at the Southern and Scottish Airways Centres, air traffic control operations are explained to four trainees. A BOAC flight from Prestwick to Rome is diverted to London where priority descent is accorded due to a sick passenger on board. The principles of the holding stack and radio beacons are explained.

WHY AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL (1970, directed by Bill Mason, Colour, 13 mins)
The operations of the National Air Traffic Control Service within the context of an increasing density of commercial, military and private air traffic. The film explains their division of airspace into lower, middle and upper, and the designation of directed flight corridors for commerical airlines. It also demonstrates 'Approach Control', the localised area of control that is specific to a single airfield. Illustrated throughout by aircraft including the Vickers Viscount, the Concorde prototype, the Vulcan and Harrier.

AIR TRAFFIC UNDER CONTROL (1970, directed by Bill Mason, Colour, 15 mins)
The air traffic control system described in detail, covering airspace layers and zones, local and approach control, and the network of airways. Controllers, receiving the pilot's flight plan and regular radio reports of his position, check the flight on their sector radar display. The film stresses the value of civil and military co-operation in the control of fl ights over the Channel and the North Atlantic.

COMMUNICATION IN AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL (1970, directed by Bill Mason, Colour, 19 mins)
Visits to the London Control Centre, the Prestwick Oceanic Control Centre, the UK Civil Aviation Centre and the RAF Airmove Network reveal the intricacies and complexities of the then range of communications - ground to air, air to ground and ground to ground - at the disposal of air traffic controllers including VHF and UHF radio signals, radar - both primary location and secondary surveillance variants, Flight Plan Processing Computers and Radar Aerodrome Surface Movement Indicators. The film includes footage of the Trident and the prototype Concorde aircraft.

RADAR FOR AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL (1973, directed by Nic Ralph, Colour, 22 mins)
The sophisticated radar equipment safeguarding all aircraft over Britain is the major component of the air traffic control system. Explaining how radar is used, in relation to the network of airways and control sectors, the film shows in detail the stages by which two airliners are guided by air traffic control.

SPECIAL FEATURE: VOLMET (1980, Colour, 5 mins)
A brief insight into the work of London Volmet North (Heathrow) as one of a worldwide network of radio stations that transmit meteorological information for aircraft in flight.

Catalogue Number: 9971003
Time: 100 mins approx
Region: 0 / PAL
Subtitles: None
Sound: Mono / English
Picture: 1:33:1 / Colour
Number of discs: 1
Classification: Exempt
Barcode: 5027626100346

Our Price: £11.99

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British Phantom Pilot
One of the most dramatic military jets of the Cold War period was the McDonnell-Douglas F-4 Phantom. In the 1960s, it provided a much needed replacement for the Royal Navy's ageing Sea Vixens. With the cancellation of the P.1154 project, the British government became involved in discussions with McDonnell in St. Louis on their proposal for a version of the F-4 Phantom that would be suitable for the British Navy and the RAF.

The first three Royal Navy Phantoms were finally delivered to Yeovilton on April 29, 1968. 892 Squadron became 'carrier qualifi ed' aboard the American carrier USS Saratoga in the autumn of 1969, with the Saratoga suffering burnt and buckled deck platings from the higher thrust of the British Rolls Royce Spey engines! In the RAF, the Phantom replaced the BAC Lightning. After an introductory overview of the history of the aircraft, three complete and previously unseen Phantom films are included in their entirety: PHANTOM PILOT (1973, 39 mins) Directed by Arnold L. Miller, this film illustrates a pilot's rigorous flight training; starting out on the basic Chipmunk and following him through the subsequent stages of the Jet Provost, Folland Gnat and Hawker Hunter aircraft before, finally, becoming a fully fledged Phantom Pilot.

OVERSIGHT (1976, 25 mins)
This was a training film made for the RAF, based on a true story of how, through misunderstanding and bad practice, RAF ground engineers made a fatal error and lost a Phantom.

LOW FLYING TRAINING (1971, 23 mins)
An exciting 'low-level' look at how navigators were trained to fly 'under the radar' and pin-point their targets, sometimes with near-disastrous results!

SPECIAL FEATURE F-4 PHANTOM USA (2008, 13 mins)
An impressionistic overview of the F-4 in American service, including its famed role as a Vietnam 'war horse'.

Catalogue Number: SN6565
Classification: Exempt
Picture: 1:33:1 / Colour
Subtitles: None
Time: 111 mins approx
Barcode: 5027626659547
Number of Discs: 1
Sound: Mono / English
Region: 0 / PAL

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Luftwaffe Bombers and Fighters of World War Two
Contains TWO Episodes: Luftwaffe Bombers and Luftwaffe Fighters of World War Two.

Hitler's Luftwaffe seemed invincible in the 1930s with its 'rehearsal' in the Spanish Civil War, and its Blitzkrieg tactics used in overrunning the bulk of Europe at the beginning of the Second World War. German Luftwaffe Bombers with names such as Junkers, Heinkel and Dornier brought fear to the hearts and minds of the civilized world.

- Luftwaffe Bombers presents a detailed look at the twin-engined Junkers Ju 88, while rarely seen archive film gives us a pilot's eye cockpit view during a stunning engine failure sequence.

- Heinkel's He 111 bomber also boasts detailed in-cockpit sequences. There is extremely rare footage of the He 111 'Zwilling' - which was two of the bombers welded together! The He 177 and the screaming Junkers Ju 87 'Stuka' dive bomber are also prominently featured.

- A section on the Dornier Do 17 and Do 217 completes this exceptional look at one of the most feared bomber forces in military history.

- Luftwaffe Fighters begins with an in-depth look at the Me 109. Incredible footage shows the captured German fighter in blistering action.

- Messerschmitt tried a new concept in fighters with its twin engined Me Bf 110.

- The Me 210 could be converted from fighter to light bomber. It also boasted two remote control rear firing guns either side of the fuselage. There is also rare colour footage of the unique Me 410.

- The vaults of The Imperial War Museum have also provided stunning footage of a captured Fw 190 in the hands of the RAF.

Special Feature

- Quizcraft (1942, 9 mins): World War Two Aircraft Recognition Training Quiz.

Catalogue Number:
Time: 136 mins approx
Region: 0 / PAL
Subtitles: None
Sound: Stereo / English
Picture: 1.33:1 / Colour / Black and White
Number of Discs: 1
Classification: E
Barcode: 5027626651041

Our Price: £3.99
Retail Price: £11.99

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Luftwaffe Jets, Rockets and Secret Weapons of World War Two
UNFORTUNATELY THIS TITLE IS CURRENTLY OUT OF STOCK. Cherry Red Records apologises for the unavailability of this album, however if you would like to be notified when it is on sale again then please email matti@cherryred.co.uk. Thanks.

Contains TWO Episodes: Jets and Rockets and Secret Weapons.

Luftwaffe Jets of World War Two traces the evolution of the early jet engines to the Heinkel He 178 which first flew as early as 1939; the British Gloster experimental jet did not fly until as late as 1941. The German Luftwaffe was the first air force to boast operational jet fighters. 'Project 1065' from Messerschmitt started in 1938 and developed into the first operational jet, the Me 262. In 1943, German fighter ace Adolf Galland flew the Me 262, claiming that it was as if 'an angel' were pushing him. From this early start, the Arado Ar 234 Blitz or 'Lightning' became the world's first Jet bomber.

The most futuristic aircraft of the war was the German rocket-propelled Me163 Komet; it was also the most dangerous! Luftwaffe Jets of World War Two looks in great detail at the highly complicated ritual of re-fueling and re-arming the temperamental Me163, which took 'a brave man to fly it!'

Luftwaffe Rockets and Secret Weapons of World War Two traces the evolution of Hitler's terror weapons, unleashed on Britain in a last desperate attempt to win the war in Europe. Between June 1944 and March 1945, the Luftwaffe fi red the V-1 Flying Bomb pulse jet missile at south-eastern England, London and Belgium. Because of its distinctive sound it was nicknamed the 'Buzz Bomb' or 'Doodlebug'. The V-1 would fly until its engine cut out then it would randomly dive towards the ground. British countermeasures were limited, as virtually the only aircraft that was fast enough to catch the bomb was the Hawker Tempest. But Hitler's second missile, the V-2, was altogether different. Travelling faster than the speed of sound, the V-2 was the first ballistic missile, and was a weapon to which the Allies had no answer...

Special Features

- Oberth's High Altitude Rocket (2 mins)
- Wasserfall Archive Featurette (2 mins)
- The X-4 Air-to-Air Rocket (2 mins)
- The Hs 298 Air-to-Air Missile (1 min)
- Missiles, the Technological Breakthrough - the history of American rocketry right up to the 1980s (17 mins)

Catalogue Number: SN6515
Time: 133 mins approx
Region: 0 / PAL
Subtitles: None
Sound: Stereo / English
Picture: 1.33:1 / Colour / Black and White
Number of Discs: 1
Classification: E
Barcode: 5027626651546

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Royal Navy Annual News Reviews 1967-1971 Scranbag
Royal Navy Annual News Reviews 1967-1971, also known in the service as the annual 'Scranbag', is a unique inside view of Royal Naval action filmed by their own in-service cameramen all over the world. Featuring unprecedented access to all levels of the service, most of the reviews are presented by Lt. Richard Baker, who later found fame as a BBC newscaster. This comprehensive overview of the activities of the Royal Navy during the height of the Cold War includes such highlights as:

- The launch of HMS Resolution.
- The Navy's first three Phantom aircraft from the U.S.
- The scrapped aircraft carrier 'that never was'.
- Brand new Polaris submarines.
- The withdrawal from Aden.
- The Navy bombing the Torrey Canyon.
- Stunning close-ups of Wessex helicopters over Tower Bridge.
- Phantom tyres exploding on landing in the Daily Mail air race.
- The Royal Navy team on the Cresta Run.
- Sea King helicopter testing.
- The first Harrier deck landings in 1969.
- Prince Charles joining up in 1971.

Catalogue Number: SN6505
Time: 122 mins approx
Region: 0 / PAL
Subtitles: None
Sound: Mono / English
Picture: 1.33:1 / Colour / Black and White
Number of Discs: 1
Classification: E
Barcode: 5027626650549

Our Price: £3.99
Retail Price: £11.99

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