Aviation DVDs

Posted on 23 September 2009 by Jens Frischmuth

The following DVDs are part of the Aviation Documentary series produced by Andrew Schofield and Black Eagle Projects. Below is an overview of the documentaries and eight DVDs are available to order at present.



Vulcan Returns DVD
This is the story of Avro Vulcan XH558's return to the skies. Restored over a fifteen year period, XH558 displayed in front of the public at RAF Waddington on the 5th of July 2008, performing her first airshow display since 1992. We follow the build-up to this event and see footage of the three practice displays needed to get the display rating for the plane. Further airshow footage features the Vulcan's displays at Farnborough in 2008.

The documentary includes interviews with many Vulcan people. The pilots, engineers and others involved with the Vulcan to the Sky Trust share their experiences of the aircraft with us. Included is up-close footage of the plane and a walk-around tour of the aircraft and a cockpit tour. 

Historic footage traces the Avro Vulcan from its design stages to its role as nuclear deterrent in the Cold War and later use as a conventional bomber in the Falklands conflict.
Running time: 70 minutes

Buy this DVD for R150.00
(South African Buyers)
Includes delivery within South Africa.
Item shipped directly from the Producers,
usually within 2 days of placement of order
.

Buy this DVD for US $ 23.00
(International Buyers)
Includes worldwide postage by Airmail.
Item shipped directly from the Producers,
usually within 2 days of placement of order.





Airshow UK 1 DVD
Airshow UK 1 features 106 minutes of amazing airshow footage, including interviews with pilots and background information. The Vulcan has pride of place in Airshow UK 1. Airshow UK 1 covers selected footage from Farnborough, Waddington and Kemble. Featured are The Red Arrows, The Sarangs, Patrulla Aquila, The Vulcan, Spitfire, Chinook, The Black Cats and many more.

Besides an introductory song and a tune at the end, the rest of the coverage includes no music and the sounds of the aircraft place you in the middle of the action.
Running time: 106 minutes


Buy this DVD for R150.00
(South African Buyers)
Includes delivery within South Africa.
Item shipped directly from the Producers,
usually within 2 days of placement of order.

Buy this DVD for US $ 23.00
(International Buyers)
Includes worldwide postage by Airmail.
Item shipped directly from the Producers,
usually within 2 days of placement of order.





Hawker Hunter DVD
This documentary looks at the Hawker Hunters operated by Delta Jets, who are based at Kemble Airfield in the UK and specialise in the operation and restoration of classic jets.

The film takes you inside the hangars at Delta Jets and lets you meet the remarkable people who keep the vintage jets flying. The engineers explain the Hunter's systems in a walk-around tour of the aircraft.  The pilots talk about their impressions of the Hawker Hunter. Learn more about the history of the British and Swiss Hunters and join the pilots inside the cockpit of this hugely popular aircraft and enjoy superb air to air footage.

Extras include the "Delta Hunter Experience", a flight with a passenger in the Hawker Hunter.
Running time: 60 minutes

Buy this DVD for R150.00
(South African Buyers)
Includes delivery within South Africa.
Item shipped directly from the Producers,
usually within 2 days of placement of order
.

Buy this DVD for US $ 23.00
(International Buyers)
Includes worldwide postage by Airmail.
Item shipped directly from the Producers,
usually within 2 days of placement of order.





Dakota DVD
This is the story of an aeroplane that changed the face of aviation forever. Featuring extensive historic footage, this documentary tracks the Dakota's history from the beginning and chronicles its operational history, including the role the Dakota played in the Second World War and the Berlin Airlift.

Kevin Furness, a Dakota engineer for over 40 years and an ex- South African Air Force flight engineer, shares his rich knowledge about this plane with us throughout the video. Kevin takes us on a tour of the plane and we take a closer look at the Dakota's piston engines, carburettors, wing attachments, rust and corrosion treatment, the undercarriage and  service intervals. 

Also featured is the background to turbo-prop conversions and the ongoing restoration of Dakota 6832 by the South African Air Force Museum at Air Force Base Ysterplaat in Cape Town and Lt. Col. Andre Steenkamp, a transport pilot in the South African Air Force, talks about flying the Dak.
Running time: 52 minutes

Buy this DVD for R150.00
(South African Buyers)
Includes delivery within South Africa.
Item shipped directly from the Producers,
usually within 2 days of placement of order.

Buy this DVD for US $ 23.00
(International Buyers)
Includes worldwide postage by Airmail.
Item shipped directly from the Producers,
usually within 2 days of placement of order.





Wings DVD
This film follows a group of student pilots in the South African Air Force as they go through all the training phases required to get their wings.

From the day they arrive at the Central Flying School at Air Force Base Langebaanweg to the day they get their wings, every aspect of their training is covered, including simulator training, navigation, instrument flying, formation flying and aerobatics. The flying instructors provide interesting inside information and the documentary includes footage of the WIngs Parade held at the end of the course. 
Running time: 46 minutes


Buy this DVD for R150.00
(South African Buyers)
Includes delivery within South Africa.
Item shipped directly from the Producers,
usually within 2 days of placement of order
.

Buy this DVD for US $ 23.00
(International Buyers)
Includes worldwide postage by Airmail.
Item shipped directly from the Producers,
usually within 2 days of placement of order.





Smoke on Go DVD
This film is about the pride of the South African Air Force, the Silver Falcons. The aerobatic displays have been filmed from every angle and position possible - from the ground, from alongside the formation to inside the formation which gives the impression of being part of the team. Included is a full display sequence from the perspective of the team  with all radio communications between the team members.

All narration is done by the team members of the Silver Falcons themselves. They talk about the history of the team, provide us with background information about the team, explain their display routine and talk about their G-suits. Also included is a full pre-show briefing.

Additional footage covers the Silver Falcon's 40th anniversary celebrations, the fly-offs to select a new member of the team, the hand-over from team 65 to team 66 at a parade at Air Force Base Langebaanweg and the first display with Maj. Scott Ternent as the new leader of the team.
Running time: 65 minutes

Buy this DVD for R150.00
(South African Buyers)
Includes delivery within South Africa.
Item shipped directly from the Producers,
usually within 2 days of placement of order.

Buy this DVD for US $ 23.00
(International Buyers)
Includes worldwide postage by Airmail.
Item shipped directly from the Producers,
usually within 2 days of placement of order.





Avro Shackleton DVD
This is the story of Shackleton 1722, the last flying Mk3 Shackleton in the world until it was grounded in early 2008. Filmed mainly at Air Force Base Ysterplaat when 1722 still flew regularly, this film features in-depth interviews with the crew and up-close tours of the aircraft and its systems, given by the crew themselves. See how the "Shack" is lovingly cared for by Pottie, Buks, Pat and others whose passion and dedication to this remarkable aircraft kept her spirit alive.

The documentary includes comprehensive flight footage with all the checks and Griffon engine noises, including pre-flight checks, engine start-ups, taxying, flight footage from the ground as well as from within the aircraft and shut-down checks.

Historic footage covers the design background and the operational history of  this long range maritime patrol aircraft. A section is dedicated to Shackleton 1716 and the survivors of Shackleton 1716, which crash-landed in the Saharan desert in 1994. Also included is an interview with Sqdn. Ldr. Brian Withers at the Newark Air Museum in the UK to discuss the role of the Shackleton in the Royal Air Force and give us a rundown on Shackleton WR977. 
Running time: 89 minutes

Buy this DVD for R150.00
(South African Buyers)
Includes delivery within South Africa.
Item shipped directly from the Producers,
usually within 2 days of placement of order
.

Buy this DVD for US $ 23.00
(International Buyers)
Includes worldwide postage by Airmail.
Item shipped directly from the Producers,
usually within 2 days of placement of order.





Airshow DVD
This film brings you selected coverage from four airshows: Africa Aerospace & Defence 2006 held at Air Force Base Ysterplaat, The 2007 Overberg Airshow held at the Test Flight and Development Centre near Bredasdorp, the 2007 Springbok Airshow and the Red Arrows display from Duxford in the UK.

This is number one in the Airshow series so you can look forward to longer and bigger future offerings which will be filmed in the UK, France and of course South Africa.
Running time: 65 minutes



Buy this DVD for R150.00
(South African Buyers)
Includes delivery within South Africa.
Item shipped directly from the Producers,
usually within 2 days of placement of order
.

Buy this DVD for US $ 23.00
(International Buyers)
Includes worldwide postage by Airmail.
Item shipped directly from the Producers,
usually within 2 days of placement of order.