Royal Air Force In The Late 1970s 2 DVD - Definitive Short Films Collection (The)

Royal Air Force In The Late 1970s 2 DVD
This is the definitive 2-disc collection of over 30 official Royal Air Force archive films, most of them previously unreleased. Presented in chronological order, these training, information, recruitment and instructional films give an unprecedented and in-depth insight into the breadth of RAF operations and squadrons during the late 1970s. They feature a bonanza of contemporaneous RAF aircraft such as the Hercules, Lightning, Phantom, Harrier, Victor, Nimrod, VC-10, Jaguar, Buccaneer and the Puma Helicopter.
Open Secret** (1973, 42 mins) / Airfield Driving - RAF Little Rissington** (1973, 21 mins) / Skill At Arms - The RAF Regiment Gunner** (1973, 26 mins) / RAF Fire Brigade** (1974, 17 mins) / Jaguar In Service** (1974, 11 mins) / RAF Telecommunications** (1974, 6 mins) / RAF Community Relations Officer** (1974, 3 mins) /
RAF Aerospace Systems Officer** (1974, 7 mins) / RAF Ground Trades - Flight Line (1974, 5 mins) / RAF Ground Trades - Take Off (1974, 3 mins) / Take-Off : Harrier - Recruitment Trailer (1974, 3 mins) / Phantom Trailer (1975, 1 min) / Part Of The Team** (1975, 20 mins) / Nimrod - The Mighty Hunter (1975, 20 mins) /
Fly With The RAF (1975, 19 mins) / Serving With The RAF : RAF Jaguar (1975, 2 mins) / RAF Take-Off : Phantom (1975, 1 min) / Out Of The Rut (1975, 16 mins) / RAF Supply** (1975, 5 mins) / RAF Police** (1975, 4 mins) / Harrier - Strike And Survive (1976, 9 mins) / RAF Recruitment - Jaguar (1977, 1 min) / RAF Recruitment - Jaguar : Air Base (1977, 1 min) / RAF Recruitment - Jaguar : Faces (1977, 1 min) / Hush House (1977, 3 mins) /
Fighter Controller** (1977, 9 mins) / Royal Salute - Queen's Silver Jubilee Review Of The RAF** (1977, 30 mins) / RAF Mountain Rescue (1977, 2 mins) / RAF Sea Rescue** (1977, 2 mins) / Nimrod Patrol** (1978, 6 mins) / Harriers Operation Hal Flint** (1978, 38 mins) / RAF Counter-Marching** (1978, 2 mins) / Twelve Squadron Buccaneers (1978, 31 mins) / BONUS FEATURE : Bomb Cluster HE 600lb No.1 Mk.1** (Excerpt, 1971, 9 mins)
** Previously Unreleased Material - over ²/3 of the overall running time!!

Release Date: 29/10/2012
Our Price: £14.99
Code: SND6721
Weight: 200
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TOTAL RUNNING TIME – 6 Hours, 15 Minutes REGION 0 - PAL
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(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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Rare Concorde stills, including photos from Concorde's 1972 promotional 'round-the-world' tour.

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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British Air Traffic Control 1963 - 1973
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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)
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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

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British Phantom Pilot
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LOW FLYING TRAINING (1971, 23 mins)
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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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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
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This is the definitive collection of 47 official Royal Air Force archive films (spread across four discs), many of them previously unreleased. Presented in chronological order, these training, information, recruitment and instructional films give an unprecedented and in-depth insight into the breadth of RAF operations and squadrons. They feature a bonanza of contemporaneous aircraft such as :- Lightning, Victor, Vulcan, Valiant, Javelin, Canberra, Hunter, Anson, Comet, York, Lincoln, Meteor, Swift, Britannia, Jet Provost, Shackleton, Varsity, Twin Pioneer, Sycamore Helicopter, Belvedere, Whirlwind, Hastings, F-4 Phantom, Harrier, Hercules, VC-10 and the Hawker Siddeley Dominie.Also featured in passing, in celebratory retrospectives of the RAF's history are the following aircraft by then retired from frontline duties: Spitfire, Wellington, Boston, Typhoon, Tempest, Sunderland and the DC-3 Dakota.
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