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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Sfe
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Jun. 2010
  • Run Time: 192 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003JT19DQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,648 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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ENTERTAINING THE ROYAL AIR FORCE ~
The "Ast ra Gazet te" Newsreels : 1951 - 1959
The Royal Air Force Astra Gazette newsreels were made by Pathé in
the 1950 s to be shown to serving RAF personnel in the RAF s very own
Astra Cinemas that were housed on their air bases all over the world!
The surviving editions start with the young Princess Elizabeth taking the
place of her sickly father, King George VI at the graduation parade at
RAF Cranwell way back in 1951.
Most of the Astra Gazettes used a newsy format with short items
featuring many young ladies in swim suits to keep the lads happy!
But it is the Astra Gazette s insider round up of RAF news stories which
afford such a fascinating insight into the RAF of the 1950 s and include
many of the key service personalities of the time such as Douglas Bader
and Bob Stanford Tuck.
By 1953, Pathé were filming all the items in full colour such as Ejector
Seat Testing, a Sunderland flying boat rescue and the 1955 closure of
the famous RAF Fighter Station at Biggin Hill.
The reports end with RAF Waddington receiving The Freedom of the City
of Lincoln with some stunning shots of the Vulcan in 1959.
Film stars of the time also feature heavily including Peter Cushing, Jill
Day, Jack Hawkins and Lee Patterson.
These surviving Astra Gazettes are included here just as they would
have been seen by the serving RAF personnel of the 1950 s in the RAF s
airbase Astra Cinemas that they are named after.

FILM LISTING
1. 1951 Special Edition- Graduation Parade
2. 1951 Astra Gazette Number Eight
3. 1952 Presentation of The King s Colour
4. 1952 Astra Gazette Number Twelve
5. 1952 Astra Gazette Number Thirteen
6. 1953 Astra Gazette Number Nineteen
7. 1953 Astra Coronation Review- Special
Edition
8. 1953 RAF Halton Queen s Colour
Presentation
9. 1953 Astra Gazette Colour Collection
10. 1955 Astra Gazette in Colour
11. 1955 Astra Gazette, Biggin Hill Closes
12. 1956 Astra Gazette in Colour Return to
Biggin Hill
13. 1957 Rubber Masks- Turko Bath-
Sunderland Rescue
14. 1958 Kat on Trial- Chimps Boxing Dog
Champs
15. 1958 Pylon Men- Car Museum- Peter
Cushing
16. 1958 Emet s Ideal Home-Scooter
Jousting
17. 1958 Motoring Inn-Old Cricket- Spaghetti
Contest- Mushroom Farm with Bob
Stanford Tuck
18. 1959 Ejector Test-Houseboat Girls-WRAF
Horsewoman
19. 1959 RAF Waddington Freedom of The
City of Lincoln

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Stanley on 14 Aug. 2011
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I originally bought this for my 80 year old Uncle who served in the RAF in the 50`s. (He will get it eventually). Over 3 hours long and pure nostalga. If you like a bygone era when things were pleasantly different you`ll enjoy this. There are many different films within the DVD, covering RAF parades and life generally in the 1950`s. Don`t expect to see wall to wall aeroplanes (although there are plenty). Even if you were not about in the 50`s it is fascinating to watch and after a short period the dvd breaks into colour. Excellent quality. As these were mainly films shown to RAF lads at the camps there is more than a handful of 50`s bikini girls that keep cropping up. There is the RAF review by a very young Queen and passing out parades at Henlow (it still looks the same) and a passing out parade at Cranwell. Covers RAF Policedogs, rescue launches, engineering and the sporting side of things. I never knew the RAF also had horses. The precision of such large groups of RAF men marching at the parades (some 2,000 odd) is rather breath taking. No disrespect but I don`t see that precision so much today. All in all if you like to see how things were go for it. Will bring back memories to some.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jack Barrie on 10 Feb. 2014
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I worked in the Astra (camp cinema) in the pay box for almost two years. By the time I had finished cashing up, the Astra Gazette had already been shown so I missed it. 50 years later I have caught up!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. M. Jones on 16 Jan. 2013
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Present for my husband who served in the RAF and attended the Astra cinemas. He was bowled over, great present.
It brought back a lot of good memories for him. Very entertaining.
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By richard cooper on 5 May 2015
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nicely nostalgic for an ex raf bod
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