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WW1 Aero DVD: The British Fighters

This DVD will feature contemporary video footage and historical information about the Bristol Fighter F2.b, the Royal Aircraft Factory SE5a and the Sopwith Camel -- the three fighter aircraft that provided the backbone of the Royal Flying Corps during the latter stages of the First World War.

CamelSopwith Camel

Powered by an original 150hp Gnome rotary engine, this aircraft has been the star of a number of airshows and displays in New Zealand since its arrival in 2000. The ear-splitting rasping sound of the rotary engine has to be heard to be believed.

The DVD features air-to-air footage plus great dogfighting sequences as the aircraft is put through its paces during several shows. Enjoy the spectacle as the aircraft shoots down a Fokker Triplane or two, and in turn is shot up by the Red Baron himself.


F2bBristol Fighter F2.b

A two seat fighter that was almost relegated to the scrap heap when the Allied pilots initially flying the new aircraft were warned not to use it violently in combat. This lead to many aircraft being shot down, and it was only when the pilots realised that this two-seater was a superb fighter that the type became the stuff of legend.

The DVD features air-to-air footage of one of only three original flying 'Brisfits' in the world, and stunning footage of a more recently built replica F2b as well.


SE5aRoyal Aircraft Factory SE5a

The RAF SE.5 (Scout Experimental 5) was developed in 1916 by Henry Folland and J. Kenworthy of the Royal Aircraft Factory in Farnborough, who designed the aircraft around the new 150-hp Hispano-Suiza 8a V8 engine. The first three prototypes flew in November that year, with the first two being lost in crashes due to a weak wing. The third aircraft underwent significant modification, and the type ultimately became known as a very strong machine that could be dived at high speed.

This new SE5A-1 has been built by The Vintage Aviator Limited in Wellington, New Zealand, under the New Zealand CAA Part 148 Manufacturing Certificate.
The aircraft is the first of type SE5A-1, with the serial number WA19, and registration ZK-SEV.

This full scale aircraft has been built from original Royal Aircraft Factory drawings, and is powered by a Hispano Suiza 180 hp direct drive engine built under licence by Wright Martin USA. The propellor has been built by TVA Ltd to original specifications.

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Sample Movies

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About The DVD

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  • contain a minimum of 100 mins of video footage, including ground to air, air-to-air and on-board camera footage.
  • be available in both PAL and NTSC formats
  • include previously unreleased video footage and photographs



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