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Six stunning 1960s cinema documentaries all shot in 35mm colour. The films cover the earliest British flying machines, the hunters of the Black Arrows, the flight deck of HMS Hermes, test piloting the English Electric Lightning, helicopters in service in 1962 and the Kestrel – forerunner of the Hawker Harrier.
These films, produced by the Rank Organisation, were shown in Odeon cinemas up and down the country in the 1960s. including these six films on Military Aviation:
Golden Wings: (1962)
Just over ten years after the Wright brothers first flew in 1903, the First World War saw the rapid development of the aircraft for military purposes. Air Chief Marshal Sir Philip Joubert looks at those early aircraft which he actually used to fly….
Black Arrows: (1959)
This is a film about the Black Arrows aerobatic team of Treble One squadron flying Hawker Hunters in 1959. Cameras film the team preparing for displays and then follow the action from the ground and in the cockpit.
Flight Deck (1960)
Hermes was the Royal Navy’s largest aircraft carrier when filmed in 1960. Two decades before she became famous in the Falklands conflict, film cameras take us above and below decks to film the day to day operations including the take off and landings of aircraft such as the Fleet Air Arm’s Sea Vixens.
Test Pilot: (1961)
This film follows the life of a test pilot flying one of the best loved jet fighters of all time – the English Electric Lightning, the Royal Air Force’s first supersonic fighter which had entered service just one year earlier.
Turning Blades: (1962)
From fixed wing to rotary wing, Turning Blades looks at the world of the helicopter as it was in 1962. It shows helicopters such as the twin rotor Belevedere – the forerunner of the Chinook and the experimental Rotodyne VTOL aircraft.
Jumping Jets: (1965)
Three years after that film was made, an altogether different approach to vertical take off and landing came in the form of the Kestrel – the forerunner of the Hawker Harrier….