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A rich variety of aircraft in the front line included the Hawker Audax, the Hawker Hart, the Hawker Fury, the Gloster Gauntlet, the Bristol Bulldog, the Short Singapore III, the Boulton Paul Overstrand, the Vickers Wellesley and the Gloster Gladiator. We also see the birth of the Hawker Hurricane and early marks of the Supermarine Spitfire, the Westland Lysander, the Fairey Battle, the Bristol Blenheim, the Handley Page Hampden, the Vickers Wellington, the Avro Anson, the North American Harvard, the Lockheed Hudson, the Boulton Paul Defiant and many more.
The 1930s saw early ‘mock battles’ in preparation for the air defence of London, and many crashes!
There are many visits by royalty and dignitaries to the RAF College Cranwell, which boasted its own pack of Beagles for fox-hunts in the 1930s! We also see the frantic recruiting methods used to attract more than 2,000 pilots as war approached. Our round-up of this amazing decade is completed with Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s declaration of war on September 3rd 1939, the BEF on the Western Front in France and the RAF’s first real aerial battles.
Catalogue Number: SN6645
Time: 91 mins approx
Region: 0 / PAL
Sound: Mono / English
Picture: 1:33:1 / Black and White
Number of Discs: 1
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