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All DVDs are available in PAL format, suitable for use in any DVD player that accepts PAL regardless of which country you are in.

Yesterday's Britain and Royal Navy DVDs
£16.95 each

Yesterday's Britain and Royal Navy titles were offically deleted on 31 Deccember 2008 (except YB35).


YB35 Classical Music in the Forties
This DVD features artist that brought music to the people during and after World War 2. Dame Myra Hess plays Beethoven [View] and Mozart [View] in a National Gallery devoid of pictures. Instruments of the Orchestra [View] and Steps of the Ballet [View] were two educational films made by the Crown Film Unit to help schools meet the requirements of R.A. Butler's 1944 Education Act which put music into the curriculum for the first time. Benjamin Britten wrote his Young Persons Guide To The Orchestra for Instruments fo the Orchestra performed by the London Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Sir Malcolm Sargent. Arthur Benjamin was commissioned to write the score for Steps of the Ballet which unlike its orchestral colleague has become a forgotten film. Robert Helpmann explains the staging of a ballet with choreography by Andree Howard and lead roles by Gerd Larsson and Alexander Grant. Finally Dennis Brain explains the French horn and the performs Beethoven's Horn Sonata with Denis Matthews [View]. Contains an audio extra. Holst - The Perfect Fool ballet music played by the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent. Recorded in the Kingsway Hall, London in March 1946.
Black and white 76 minutes DVD PAL video.

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YB34 THE British Jet Age
This programmes starts with Sir Frank Whittle's early jets and shows how within ten years the British jet has come to surpass the piston engine. Its the age of gung-ho test pilots and competing manufacturers.
Britain's Jet Planes(1950 - colour) shows early jet aero engine construction scenes at Whetstone, an E28 Gloster jet, and F9/40 Gloster Meteor prototype, the first British Aircraft Constructors Show at Radlett (1948) including an Armstrong Whitworth AW52 ('Flying Wing') and the world's first jet airliner the experimental Nene Viking. A demonstration fly-past of various aircraft includes a Saunders-Roe Naval fighter (the first jet flying-boat) flown upside-down. At the 1949 SBAC Farnborough Show we see the De Havilland Comet make its first public appearance.
Britain's New Aircraft (1950) is a record of the aircraft on show at Farnborough. Exhibits include a Meteor surrounded by its possible armament options, the Bristol Brabazon, two versions of the Vickers Viscount - the experimental twin-jet 'Tay' Viscount and the production 4-turboprop '700', De Havilland Comet, a demonstration of in-flight refuelling (Meteor from Lincoln), Avro 'Ashton' high-altitude research jet, Avro 707, Hawker P 1081, Vickers 535 (experimental high-speed jets); the Meteor 8 and the Canberra production model.
This Jet Age (1953) The Farnborough Air Show in a year of consolidation with emphasis on production models rather than prototypes. The flying display features: Vickers Viscount; Shorts Princess flying boat, De Havilland Comet 2, Bristol Britannia, English Electric Canberra, De Havilland DH 110, Short SP-5 (sweep-wing experimental aircraft), Boulton Paul P111A research aircraft, Gloster Javelin, Supermarine Swifts, Hawker Hunter (including supersonic flight), Handley Page Victor V-bomber makes its first appearance, the Vickers Valiant also appears, as does the Avro Vulcan.
Wing To Wing (1951) is a Short film praising the role of the air forces of Britain and NATO. British aircraft patrol the skies around the world (Hong Kong, Middle East, Korea); Features Coastal Command Shackleton, reconnaissance aircraft patrolling the channel, the work of Fighter Command, new methods of control a scramble sequence, the Meteor and its successor the Swift in flight, Anglo-American co-operation: B36 jets at US airbase in Britain, and British aircraft: Canberra and Valiant.
In On The Beam (1951) a film about Heathrow's air and ground control approach systems. Examples of air control in operation include: route markers - Languedoc 161 crosses coast, picking up Chatham radio beacon and Ashford fan-marker on the approaches to London; vertical separation - a squadron of Vampires is routed over a Stratocruiser; stacking over London - even the gleaming Hermes must join the queue. Concluding sequence shows London Ground Control Approach radar talking down a Viking for a blind approach in foggy conditions.
Black and white and colour. 53 minutes DVD PAL video.

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RN12 FORTIES NAVY - Flying Machines

rn12 forties navy flying machines
The Royal Navy's flying capabilities developed rapidly during World War Two. This programme reflects the development by way of three Royal Navy training films from the film archives of the Imperial War Museum.Catapult Ships (1940), Deck Landing (1942), Carrier Flying (1946 )Black and White 76 mins

"Fantastic" Flypast September 2005

"A high quality, educative programme totally devoid of gimmicks" Aircraft Illustrated August 2005

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rn14 seventies navy
Four Royal Navy instructional films covering a wide range of activities are featured in this programme. Portland Ahead (1975) takes viewers through the process of having a ship and its company brought up to fighting fitness by FOST. Tug Work - At Sea (1978) features the crew of A95 Typhooon and ocean going tug, towing frigates. Hover Navy (1978 ) reviews the experimental use of hovercraft for mine counter measures, beach landings and maritime patrol work. Aircraft Salvage, Location and Recovery (1978), shows the recovery of a Wasp helicopter lost at sea in depths beyond normal diving limits. Colour 96 mins.

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