Fairey Swordfish W5856 Fleet Air Arm Taranto Bismarck British Aerospace DVD Navy Wings Royal Navy Heritage Flight Charity Battle of the Atlantic Narvic Gift Collectable
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Swordfish Legend: A Stringbag Reborn (DVD)

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What an extraordinary aircraft the Fairey Swordfish turned out to be. Born at the end of the biplane era, this was an aircraft apparently totally unsuited to fight the war in which it became embroiled. Despite being deemed obsolete at the onset of hostilities, it not only outlived aircraft designed to replace it, but it gave sterling service, virtually unchanged, in all theatres throughout the war.

This reliable and manoeuvrable aircraft, much loved by its crews, had it's major honours at Taranto and in the sinking of the Bismarck, but it also played a huge part in the Battle of the Atlantic and with the Arctic convoys as well as campaigns across the globe.

This is the story of the marathon 26 month restoration of the world's oldest flying Fairey Swordfish, W5856, filmed at their Brough factory by British Aerospace in the 90's. 

W5856 is currently hangared with the Navy Wings Heritage Flight at RNAS Yeovilton and is still a regular and popular display aircraft at air shows around the UK.

Format: All regions

Duration: c:60 mins 


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    John T.
    Swordfish Tebuild

    So pleased I purchased this excellent dvd.have unfortunately never worked on this historic aircraft,but I have had the privilege of attending many Taranto Mess Dinners with the historic aircraft ranged outside the mess and dined with some of the brave aircrew who flew in these historic machines After watching this detailed rebuild and refurbish of this historic aircraft I feel as if I have worked on it.Thoroughly recommended to purchase and involve yourself in nostalgia and appreciate the skills of those who brought it back to magnificent flying conditions.👍🤗⚓⚓⚓