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Royal Air Force Collection -Royal Air Force Air Pageants Hendon 1920 To 1939 [DVD]

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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Sfe
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Jun 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,312 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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The Royal Air Force's annual Hendon Air Pageants were held during the inter-war years at the now defunct airfield where today's RAF Museum is situated. These airshows were the forerunner of the post-war Farnborough Air Shows and regularly attracted crowds of half a million with over 250 aircraft in the sky.

The first RAF 'Pageant' was held in 1920. In 1925 it became known as the 'Royal Air Force Display' before, in 1938, being known briefly as the 'Empire Air Day'.

John Blake - the 'king' of the Farnborough Air Show commentators narrates us through this compilation of newsreel reports of the Hendon air shows - reports which include aircraft such as the Bristol Fighter, Sopwith Camel, Handley Page 0400 bomber, Snipes, DH-4, Avro 504, the bat-like Pterodactyl, the rare Fairey Fawn, the Armstrong-Whitworth Argosy, Vickers Vimy, Southampton 3, the Inflexible, Bristol Bulldogs, Vickers Virginia, the R-101 giant airship, Hawker Harts, Avro Tutor, DH Tiger Moth, Fairey Battles and many more.

All the surviving promotional `trailers' for the shows and retrospective news reports on each year's show are included in this definitive chronology with fantastic air-to-air shots from the newsreel cameramen. Every year a great dramatic set-piece at the end of each air show was featured; this could be a huge ship, a fortress, a village or a harbour - targets that were bombed to smithereens by the R.A.F. to the delight of the crowds!

Winco `Dummy' Sandbag regularly leapt out of a barrage balloon just before it disintegrated in a huge ball of fire and, every year, the event was attended by members of the Royal Family including King George V, Queen Mary, Prince Edward and King George VI.

There were also quite a few spectacular crashes - including an Avro Tutor right in front of the crowd!

Total Running Time - 80 Mins

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This reviewer is not a collector of current air show DVDs which can be seen today, but very much in favour of having old films from a previous era recorded for posterity as a historical record of times before the digital era. Those that have been to the Royal International Air Tattos at Fairford and the Farnborough Air Shows will appreciate this DVD, as the defnitive collection of films and trailers that are available to record the RAF's first air shows, the Hendon Air Pageants and Empire Air Days of the 1920s and 1930s.
Before this DVD was released, only clips of these films were seen on other historical aviation DVDs like the hostory of the RAF or the history of RAF aerobatic teams. Some of them could also be viewed on the British Pathe website, albeit in low resolution. Now we have them all compiled in cronological order from 1920 until the final display at Hendon in 1951. The first clips from the 1920s have no sound, so period music improvises and well known Farnborough commentator John Blake narrates. However, his commentary is somewhat impromptu, as he often states the obvious when describing the scene and a pre-prepared script would have been nice! The 1930s film clips include original sound and there is some marvellous air-to-air footage of Hawker Harts and Furies included, amongst other types. For the aviation nostalgia enthusiast, this DVD is a treat to now have all these films on one DVD, recalling times when Health & Safety wasn't around to ruin air shows like it does today and the public was thrilled by life bombing runs, shooting down balloons on fire and lots of pyrotechniques. Great stuff and thanks again to Strike Force Entertainment for filling this gap in the aviation DVD collection.
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Superb old film of many forgotton but visually impressive aircraft as well as the starts of the time. With a very nice and gentle old-time narration that includes one or two errors for the spotter.
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Even allowing for the years covered, the content was very poor and seemed much repeated. A deeper research into available
records might produce a more interesting content!
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