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​Flag Officer Naval Air Command at the Optica Flight 1987

Video made by Aleck (Bill) Butcher at Daedalus as part of his work for the Naval Air Command Video Production Unit.

This was a visit by our 'boss' in the Fleet Air Arm, the flying side of the Royal Navy, to the Hampshire Police Optica Flight, who were based at HMS Daedalus, Lee on Solent, in Hampshire.  I shot and edited this over a 5 day period; day 1 was the visit by FONAC, day 2 was my chance to get up in the aircraft and get the cut-ways and cut-ins in order to fill out the video. The remainder of my time was taken up with choosing the music and doing the edit. Shot and edited on Lo-band Umatic, with some help from the Merlin DVE, The camera was a Hitachi FP21 3-tube with an external recorder on the end of an umbilical. 


The Optica was an amazing aircraft to fly in, with all round visibility due to the bubble-like cockpit area. Unfortunately they are no longer flying, due to a fatal air-crash (which was not down to pilot error) and, later on, a fire at the factory where they were built.

1962 Air Show at Daedalus

Unused silent footage from Pathe News of a Naval Air Display at Daedalus in 1962