Friday 30 August 2013 by Daniel Eisenberg. No comments
Collection, News, Film

To complement the release of the film collection online, the film and sound team are creating a series of showreels to give you a taste of the material that is now readily available at your fingertips!

Recent additions to the film available on line include material from the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Public Relations unit. This compile of selected clips focuses on the former flagship of the RAN, HMAS Melbourne, and on carrier operations with the Navy’s Fleet Air Arm from 1960 until 1980. Aircraft are shown being moved into position and taking off with the aid of the ship’s steam catapult. However this system did not work faultlessly- as can be seen in the clip. Various shots of plane’s landing show how it was possible to slow a planes momentum in a confined area. Views of the flight deck of HMAS Melbourne give an impression of the activities of the sailors and aviators who worked to keep the navy’s aeroplanes flying. Planes seen include:  Sea Venoms, Gannets, Skyhawks, Trackers and Wessex helicopters. The soundtrack comes from a number of Navy PR newsreels from the 1960s called “Navy in Focus”. Sound effects are from Douglas A-4 Skyhawk - operational sounds (S04698) an actuality recording held in The Australian War Memorial’s collection.

Please enjoy exploring, researching and, most importantly, viewing our collection.

Links to collection items used in the showreel –

S04698, F04986, F04987, F10721,

F10724, F10727, F10944, F10945,

F10954, F10955, F10956, F10964,

F10978, F10982, F10986, F10995,

F11252, F11253, F11268

  - Jeffrey Wray, Assistant Curator of Film/Sound