Ark Royal - The Complete History
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From the first Ark Royal commissioned by Sir Walter Raleigh in the 16th
Century to the present day aircraft carrier, Ark Royal has played a major part
in the defence of Britain. This DVD traces the history of this famous series of
fighting ships. Rare film shows the second Ark Royal in action in the First
World War with the first Short seaplanes being lowered into the sea for
take-off. The Second World War saw experiments with catapult-launched aircraft
such as the Walrus and Hurricane. After the improvement of carrier-borne
launches, the Ark Royal became a valuable fighting platform able to launch a
variety of aircraft such as Blackburn Skua bombers, Fulmar fighters and the
famous Fairey Swordfish. Archive footage shows these aircraft in action. The
commissioning of the fourth carrier saw the introduction of the jet aircraft.
Here we see thrilling shots of Sea Hawks, Scimitars, Sea Vixens, Buccaneers and
eventually the Phantom. The present day Ark Royal is captured in a dramatic
behind-the-scenes look at her providing backup to the UN forces in Bosnia, in
active service during the 2003 Gulf War and her moving return to port.
Screen Fullscreen 4:3
Languages English - Dolby (2.0) Stereo
Duration 1 hour and 33 minutes (approx)