The Black Arrows - Royal Air Force

The Black Arrows
The Black Arrows, a name that conjures up the peacetime drama and excitement of the Royal Air Force.Prior to 1955, the RAF did not have an official aerobatics team at all - air shows were left to local commanders to organize whatever displays they could. In 1955, 54 Squadron flew a formation of four brand new Hawker Hunter aircraft. In 1956 the team dressed in black flying suits called themselves The Black Knights. Later that year 111 or Treble One Squadron provided the first official RAF display team and the aircraft were all painted black. After a performance in France they were applauded as Les Fleches Noir, the name stuck and was translated as The Black Arrows.Initially, the Black Arrowswere five Hunters and by 1957 the team increased to a nine ship formation, looping and rolling in glorious unison. Each season new manoeuvres and stunning formations, including the Bomb Burst, were added to excite the crowds even more.At the 1958 Farnborough Air Show, the Black Arrows stunned the world with a record breaking loop and barrel roll, using no less than twenty-two Hunters which was, and is, the greatest number of aircraft ever looped in formation.Strike Force Entertainment bring you the most comprehensive film history of the award winning Black Arrows from the team s inception to its finale in 1961, when the squadron was re-equipped with the English Electric Lightning. Later in the decade the Red Arrowswere born and continued where The Black Arrows left off.Bonus Feature - Red Arrows : The Early 'Gnat' Years - A companion documentary detailing the early years of the successors to the Black Arrows - the Red Arrows - during the era in which they flew Folland Gnat aircrafts. Also covers off other RAF teams of this transitional era : the Yellowjacks, the Firebirds, the Tiger Squadron and the Red Pelicans.
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Code: SNA6680
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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!

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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