Thunderbolt (1947)

Introduction Thunderbolt is a 1947 film directed by William Wyler and John Sturges which documented the American aerial operations of Operation Strangle in World War II, when flyers of the Twelfth Air Force based on Corsica successfully impeded Axis supply lines to the Gustav Line and Anzio beachhead. Find out more in the docuseries “Five… Read More

Warbird Workshop (2020): S01E06 – L39 Albatross

Introduction Documentary series following the work of dedicated engineers, enthusiasts and aviators striving to restore vintage aeroplanes. Outline Following businessman and racing driver Steve Hartley’s quest for speed on board his own warplane. His L39 Cold War era jet was rescued from a hangar in the Baltic States but a team of ex-RAF and Navy… Read More

Warbird Workshop (2020): S01E05 – Aeronca Defender

Introduction Documentary series following the work of dedicated engineers, enthusiasts and aviators striving to restore vintage aeroplanes. Outline Aircraft restoration expert Mark Masters and his son James rebuild a 1943 US Army Aeronca Defender liaison plane for its German owner. What starts out as a simple repair turns into a major rebuild as work exposes… Read More

Warbird Workshop (2020): S01E04 – Piper Club

Introduction Documentary series following the work of dedicated engineers, enthusiasts and aviators striving to restore vintage aeroplanes. Outline A group of amateur pilots find their light plane has a glorious war record – and launch an ambitious project to rebuild the Piper Cub and restore its military markings in time for an epic flight to… Read More

Warbird Workshop (2020): S01E03 – Westland Wessex

Introduction Documentary series following the work of dedicated engineers, enthusiasts and aviators striving to restore vintage aeroplanes. Outline A team of engineers fight to return a veteran Westland Wessex helicopter to the skies – 30 years after its last flight – in time for a star appearance at one of the UK’s biggest air shows.… Read More

Warbird Workshop (2020): S01E02 – Douglas C-47

Introduction Documentary series following the work of dedicated engineers, enthusiasts and aviators striving to restore vintage aeroplanes. Outline A US Army Air Force C47 that dropped paratroopers on D Day is at the centre of one of the UK’s most ambitious warbird rebuilds … but will it be ready to carry the engineering team and… Read More

Warbird Workshop (2020): S01E01 – Spitfire

Introduction Documentary series following the work of dedicated engineers, enthusiasts and aviators striving to restore vintage aeroplanes. Outline On the legendary Battle of Britain airfield at Biggin Hill, a dedicated team of young engineers fight to restore a Spitfire that fought over Europe in 1944 to flight. Warbird Workshop Series You can find a full… Read More

Warbird Workshop Series 01 Overview (2020)

Introduction Documentary series following the work of dedicated engineers, enthusiasts and aviators striving to restore vintage aeroplanes. Outline Following the engineers and aviators who battle to keep the UK’s most historic warplanes in the air. Telling the stories of the airfield where the workshop is located, the men and women who flew the plane, and… Read More

Warbird Workshop TV Series Overview

Introduction Documentary series following the work of dedicated engineers, enthusiasts and aviators striving to restore vintage aeroplanes. Outline Following the engineers and aviators who battle to keep the UK’s most historic warplanes in the air. Telling the stories of the airfield where the workshop is located, the men and women who flew the plane, and… Read More

The First of the Few (1942)

Introduction The First of the Few (US title Spitfire) is a 1942 British black-and-white biographical film produced and directed by Leslie Howard, who stars as R. J. Mitchell, the designer of the Supermarine Spitfire fighter aircraft. David Niven co-stars as a Royal Air Force officer and test pilot, a composite character that represents the pilots… Read More