Films – Aviation


Dam Busters, The – Special Edition *Digitally Remastered* [DVD] [1945]
Something of a cult item among British war movies (and brilliantly spoofed a few years back by a lager ad), The Dam Busters turns a minor World War II incident into a saga of heroic stiff-upper-lippery in the classic British style. A bombing raid is proposed on a strategically vital Ruhr dam, but its position is inaccessible. Enter eccentric inventor Dr Barnes Wallis (Michael Redgrave in best daffy professor mode) who comes up with a genius idea–a bomb that will bounce on water like a skimmed pebble. Naturally the top brass pooh-pooh it, but gallant Wing Commander Guy Gibson (Richard Todd) is persuaded, and between them flyer and boffin forge ahead. The touches of carefully understated emotion now verge on self-parody, but it’s hard not to get caught up in the narrative sweep, especially when the bombers take off on their mission and Eric Coates’ stirring march hits the soundtrack.

Reach for the Sky [DVD] [1956]
Reach for the Sky was a box-office hit in 1956 and rightly remains a fondly regarded classic of British cinema. Kenneth More is ideally cast as Douglas Bader, the gifted pilot who loses both legs in a pre-war air crash, only to play a major role in the Battle of Britain, rise to the rank of Group Captain and become a war hero. Based on Paul Brickhill’s biography, this is an “official” history maybe, but Lewis Gilbert’s screenplay and direction are historically accurate and informed by that very British humour, of which More was a natural. The film is graced by a decent supporting cast and a typically “widescreen” score from John Addison.

Random Images From Collection
Eastern Front Collection 217
Eastern Front Collection 217
Eastern Front Collection 1412
Eastern Front Collection 1412
Eastern Front Collection 436
Eastern Front Collection 436
AEC 0853 Matador Conversion (275 BAX)
AEC 0853 Matador Conversion (275 BA
Yorkshire Regiment
Yorkshire Regiment
Normandy 1944 Collection 927
Normandy 1944 Collection 927
AEC 0853 Matador (XSV 872)
AEC 0853 Matador (XSV 872)
Austin Champ (EHV 786 D)
Austin Champ (EHV 786 D)
Eastern Front Collection 1083
Eastern Front Collection 1083
Thornycroft Nubian Major Dennis Mk9 Crash Tender (28 AJ 24)
Thornycroft Nubian Major Dennis Mk9
Eastern Front Collection 83
Eastern Front Collection 83
Avro Vulcan (XL-446)
Avro Vulcan (XL-446)
Bedford TM 4x4 Cargo (47 GT 17)
Bedford TM 4x4 Cargo (47 GT 17)
Land Rover 110 Defender (98 KE 77)
Land Rover 110 Defender (98 KE 77)
Eastern Front Collection 663
Eastern Front Collection 663
Bedford MJ 4 Ton Cargo (77 KD 65)
Bedford MJ 4 Ton Cargo (77 KD 65)
Scammell SV1T Breakdown (Q 96 GVM) 2
Scammell SV1T Breakdown (Q 96 GVM)
Normandy 1944 Collection 345
Normandy 1944 Collection 345
Willys MB/Ford GPW Jeep (TFO 297)
Willys MB/Ford GPW Jeep (TFO 297)
RAMC (Royal Army Medical Corps)
RAMC (Royal Army Medical Corps)