on 1 January 2011
As an American RAF enthusiast, my opportunity to view film footage of RAF aircraft at better than YouTube quality is rare, so I frequently purchase DVDs from the UK. This production is quite well done, and I would reccomend it to anyone interested in the Sunderland, flying boats, the Short company, and RAF Coastal Command. Much great archival footage, my reason for ordering such DVDs, is abundant, and the script is accurate and well put together.
The interview segments were very interesting, but could have been intercut with more B-roll rather than just locking down the camera on the speaker for interminable periods. One of the elderly gents interviewed experiences a rather unfortunate but quite humorous comb-over malfunction caused by a gentle breeze. Having worked on many video crews I found it surprising that the producers did not cut and fix the poor fellow's hair before proceeding with the interview.
The only down side to this program is the use of extended sequences of the world's last remaining flyable Sunderland (a modified airline version now in Florida with Kermit Weeks), set to absolutely tragic music. I would have liked to see much more archival footage, which, though expensive, does exist. While the production would have been incomplete if mention of the Fantasy of Flight Sunderland had been absent, I felt that the hour was unnecessarily filled up with these nicely shot but overly lengthy sequences.
All in all, however, this DVD is worth watching if you are interested in this classic British flying boat.
on 15 February 2012
Have always had a fascination with flying boats of all types, but especially those made by Shorts at Rochester.
A bygone era - luxury living and travel for the minority, what a way to go!
Also a wonderful and efficient workhorse during WWII. Anyone interested in the 30's and 40's should find this account fascinating and informative.
on 23 July 2012
The Short Sunderland Flying Boat Operational service through the Second World War and the only RAF air craft to preform front-line duties of the whole of the Korean war, the Sunderland was one of the very few types to remain in operational service from 1938- to retirement in 1959. when I built my airfix kit when I was a young boy there was hardly any film material avialable to see these magnificant planes doing their work. this is an Excellent DVD. Also I would thourougly suggest the Excellent magazine SUNDERLAND THE RAF'S LEGENDARY PROTECTOR OF THE SEA LANES ISBN 978-1-907426-28-5 £7.95 [...]
on 17 March 2010
Although there is a lot of footage of the civilianised and only airworthy version of the Sunderland, there is quite a bit of the 'real thing' in b & w.
Interesting comments from ex-aircrew.
Pity about the cringeworthy pronunciation of RAF Seletar as 'Cellar-Tar' it is, as all ex FEAF types know, 'Sell-ee-tar'!
And why do some English people ape some Americans and talk of 'Kill-OM-etters'? Do they say, 'Kill-OG-rams' as well?