'The Story of the Black Arrows' Documentary

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  • Duration: 116 mins
  • Region: 0 (any)
  • Format: DVD PAL Widescreen*

Also available as a high definition MP4 download

Also available in full high definition on a 16GB USB stick.

The Black Arrows of No. 111 Squadron were the RAF's premier formation aerobatics display team between 1956 and 1960, flying Hawker Hunter aircraft.

Universally heralded as the team to watch, and arguably the best team the world has ever seen, the Black Arrows displayed all over the UK and Europe while at the same time maintaining their role as an active front line Fighter Command squadron.

Hear the fascinating story of the Black Arrows in the team's own words, with exclusive interviews with the founding leader of the team, Air Commodore Roger Topp, his successor, Air Vice Marshal Peter Latham and twelve other surviving members, including Air Chief Marshal Sir Patrick Hine. These extraordinarily modest men talk about why the Hunter was the perfect machine for formation aerobatics, how the team came together almost accidentally, how they got their name and colour scheme, what it took to be a formation aerobatics pilot and what they (allegedly) got up to while off duty! A vital part of the team, the ground crew, also share their recollections of those exciting golden years of aviation.

The film includes archive footage and photographs of displays, training and life on the squadron, a significant amount of which is previously unseen and is from the pilot's and ground crew's private collections. Also included is footage of the famous 22 aircraft loop at Farnborough in 1958, a world record unbeaten to this day. Roger Topp led that formation in Hawker Hunter XG194, recently discovered abandoned and restored to display status by a dedicated team from Wattisham Air Museum.

This is the real history of the Black Arrows, told in their words and their words alone - a unique collection of stories from a unique group of pilots who set the ground rules for formation aerobatics - rules that are still observed today.

"This is an absolute must for any aviation enthusiast" FlyPast Sept 2019

"Undoubtedly the best aviation DVD of the year." Jets Magazine.

"Fascinating and well supported by the accompanying footage." Aviation News

"A must-see for aviation and fast jet enthusiasts and a stunning piece of film work. If you are interested in aviation history, or the RAF, check this one out." Squidoo

* will work in most modern DVD players that support PAL and NTSC

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A Great Watch

My father flew in the 22 Loop and was very modest about his flying achievements and so I started to look around for more information about the Black Arrows and specifically the 22 Loop. After quite some searching I found this DVD a year or so ago and bought a couple of copies. It was exactly what I was looking for. Really informative and well put together. Up until watching the DVD, the Loop was something only briefly mentioned in the family. This brought it and the lifestyle of the pilots into the present day for me. It was great to see the faces and hear the voices of some of the people Dad had spoken about. Brilliant find. Thank you

Geoffrey S.
United Kingdom


They answered all my questions quickly and honestly. The DVD of the Black Arrows was brilliant, well put together and any improvements to quality were done sympathetically. Purchase with complete confidence. I will purchase other items in the near future.

Robert L.
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Very good. Excellent product.

stuart t.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

black arrows

This wonderful period video captures the huge skill and bravery of the pilots of the time, when safety came after perfection. The video includes some telling interviews and wonderful stories of the tome, and , of course, there is the incredible achievement of 400 hundred Hunters looping together. If you want a flavour of when Britain ruled the skies then you must watch this!

Robert B.
Australia Australia

The Black Arrows in their own words

Enjoyed the DVD very much. Watched it twice on the day I received it and twice more since. Amused to see a ground photo illustrating the airbrake taken at a greater distance than the air to air video that shows the airbrake closer and in greater detail. Wonderful DVD, up there with other favorites like Spitfire, Night Bombers, Cleveland Air Races etc etc.