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Cold War


The Cold War 1945-1991

For this pack we interviewed pilots and aircrew who served with the Fleet Air Arm in Korea and in the western hemisphere. To provide a cross-service perspective we also interviewed an RAF pilot involved in strategic operations. Their views of the Cold War show how even those on the 'front-line' found the potential magnitude and nature of the conflict they were involved in, difficult to appreciate.

This pack also contains a useful concise history of the Cold War (to follow by end Jan 2010), transcriptions and biographies.

The web film in this pack is 88Mb in size, and will NOT play while you are downloading it.Unlike other online video, it has been designed for saving to your hard disc and viewing offline more than once (maybe in the classroom).  Please allow plenty of time to download.  

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A VISIT TO THE MUSEUM is an ideal way to put the resources in this pack in context using the Museum's exhibitions and activity workshops. 

The Museum's Carrier exhibition recreates life on board HMS Ark Royal, an operational aircraft carrier in the Cold War. Many of the Royal Navy's most significant aircraft of the period and a nuclear weapon are on display on the flight deck, whilst inside the ship, the crew exercise in preparation for hostilities. The Museum also has exhibitions dedicated to Korea and FAA operations post 1945 including the helicopters and the Sea Harrier - important aircraft of the last decades of the 20th century.

Workshops and talks available at the Museum are listed in the Secondary School History and Citizenship Brochure

Of particular relevance to this pack is:

The Royal Navy in Post-War Conflicts - presentation / demonstration - 1 hour


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