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Technology Documentary published by BBC in 1976 - English narration

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From DVD back cover:

"One of the most popular BBC Documentary series ever available on DVD for the very first time!

In 1976 BBC camera crews were invited on board Britain’s best-loved warship, the aircraft carrier Ark Royal, to record what was intended to be her last voyage.

As the Ark Royal sailed for America, the cameras captured a unique record of daily life on board for the officers and ratings, as well as the workings of an operational aircraft carrier with full complement of fighter and bomber aircraft and helicopters.

Sailor remains one of the best series ever made about the Royal Navy as well as providing a historic record of the passing of one of Britain’s greatest fighting ships.

This DVD also includes the BBC follow-up programme - Sailor Eights Years on - revealing the sad fate of the now decrepit Ark Royal in dock and going in search of its crew members to discover how their lives have changed."

From Wikipedia:

"Sailor was a major BBC television documentary series, first shown in the late 1970s, about life on board the fourth HMS Ark Royal, a British aircraft carrier. It followed the aircraft carrier on a five and a half month deployment to North America in 1976. The series was filmed after the completion of a major refit and coincided with the twenty-first anniversary of the commissioning of the Ark Royal. It is particularly noteworthy for its depiction of fixed-wing aircraft operation in the Royal Navy before its demise in 1980, with the paying off and scrapping of Ark Royal. It shows the Phantom, Buccaneer, Gannet, Sea King and Wessex air group from 809 Naval Air Squadron, 824 Naval Air Squadron, 849 Naval Air Squadron and 892 Naval Air Squadron.

Also profiled are shipboard life,the medical evacuation of a US sailor by Sea King helicopter from the submarine USS Bergall, replenishment at sea operations etc.

Her commanding officer during this deployment was Captain Wilfred Graham. He later became a Flag Officer Portsmouth. The Executive Commander who also featured quite heavily in the series was Commander David Cowling RN.

The theme song was "Sailing" by Rod Stewart. The DVD release uses a different version due to copyright issues. Another memorable sequence in the documentary featured footage of Phantom and Buccaneer aircraft at Vieques weapons range with Shine on You Crazy Diamond by Pink Floyd playing in the background."

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  • Video Codec: DivX 5.2.1 (DrDivX106)
  • Video Bitrate: 1256 kbps
  • Video Resolution: 416x320
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 1.300:1
  • Frames Per Second: 25.000
  • Audio Codec: 0x2000 (Dolby AC3) AC3
  • Audio Bitrate: 192kb/s CBR 48000 Hz
  • Audio Streams: 2
  • Audio Languages: english
  • RunTime Per Part: 29:47.880
  • Number Of Parts: 12
  • Part Size: 325,206,016 Bytes
  • Subtitles: no
  • Ripped by: Unknown

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