“Hello passengers this is
your captain speaking, please fasten your seatbelts and enjoy the ride as we
journey into the exciting world of airborne pursuits”. Well that is probably
not what you would hear on your next flight to Sydney but if you are to view
this DVD, especially with Dolby Surround speakers you too would feel the
exhilarating rush of taking to the skies that is shown to great extravagance
in this package. The most surprising aspect of this product is the wealth of
knowledge that can be gleamed from the experience of slapping this in your
shiny DVD player.
To give you a cross
section of what is contained on this DVD I will go through giving an overview
and then discuss the highlights of these chapters in order from start to
finish. Then I will say whether or not they are worth your attention as
either an educational tool or just as pure entertainment value.
At the start of each
chapter there is a short interlude to tantalise the taste buds. These are
only a view through a keyhole at the abundant amount of information that is to
be seen in the subsequent chapters.
Chapter 1 “The Sound
Barrier” shows the steps taken during the early 1950’s to work towards
blasting through the sound barrier. Chuck Yeagar is the pilot in this
exciting but dangerous undertaking and is interviewed at length. Adding to
some of the most important archives in history. The aircraft had to be jet
powered, have a narrow wing and released from the underbelly of a B52.
Highlights include the interviewing of Chuck Yeagar and of course when the
speed of sound is breached. This chapter is very informative and did not
suffer the guillotine like movement of my thumb on the fast forward or stop
Chapter 2 “The Jet
Airliner” exhibitions the refinement and development of the latter by the
spearheading team at Boeing. Tex Johnston makes a return into the series and
was one of the first pilots to test these “birds”. Boeing poured one quarter
of its worth into a demonstration model to take the lead in the world as
passenger freighting machines. Highlights include when Tex Johnston does a
barrel roll over Washingtons Lake in a Boeing 707, a fairly illustrious
aircraft, angering the powers that be at Boeing’s head office.
This chapter while
slightly less interesting than the first, was still intriguing and worth
watching for most of the duration of the feature.
Chapter 3, “The Threshold
of Space” looks back behind the cockpit of time to see new aircraft break more
records in air-bound achievements. Speeds reach twice the speed of sound and
beyond. There is a new phenomenon called “Inertia Coupling” which threatens
to halt progress in the avenue of high speed flight by rendering the controls
of the aircraft temporarily useless when flying at these high speeds.
Spinning out of control became a common occurrence but soon this problem is
rectified and once again velocity begins to reach new heights. The fastest
plane featured, the Orbital X15, reaches Mach 6.7 or a speed of 4500 mph. This
section is a great inclusion and really makes us land lovers want to jump into
an aeroplane and experience it all for ourselves. Good educational value
Chapter 4 “Space and Back”
In this chapter, Mason Adams the narrator takes us back to 1966 when the U.S.A
was testing craft that would take man into outer space. In 1966 The M2 F2 the
first vehicle designed to fly into outer space and back under manned control
was tested. These test machines were the basis of design for the Space
Shuttle “Enterprise” and had no wings. Instead the body of the
fuselage was designed to act as an aerodynamic lifting structure. There were
many problems NASA had to overcome including control and landing issues.
Highlights include the rolling out of the Enterprise, the first space shuttle
that we are all now familiar with. This shuttle was designed to take man to
outer space and back safely. We are shown the first successful launch on its
maiden debut. A curious fact of these launches were that even though the
rockets are launched straight up with immense power, the pilot only
experienced 1 or 2 G’s, contrary to what we see in TV shows and film. This
chapter was without a doubt an incredibly interesting segment in the series
and we still have not discussed chapter 5, which is even more intriguing. The
educational value was also good for young aviators.
Chapter 5 “The Last World
Record” was about the latter achieved in a wide light, flimsy, aeroplane with
only two engines. This chapter shows the trials and tribulations of the
couple that set out to achieve this amazing feat. After encountering many
issues including technical, weather, fatigue problems Dick and Yeanna Yeagar
(no relation to Chuck) flew for many days non-stop, non-fuelled around the
world. This was an extremely moving experience for the ones involved and is
an entertaining watch. This was probably the most interesting chapter thus
far. It is full of romance, tenacity and hardship for those involved. It
will move you at about 10 G’s and really make you want to jump in an aeroplane
to experience it all for yourself. Highly recommended!.
Flight Vol. 3 Features
- Scene Selections
- Dolby Digital 2.1