Back in 1962, a Swedish sailing ship entered the Mediterranean Sea for a cruise. On board were a camera crew using 70mm. film technology to record the voyage. They filmed all sorts of extra bits and pieces, including an extended visit to the US aircraft carrier Shangri-La.
A few years ago, that film was restored and digitized, offering a high-definition view of life at sea almost 60 years ago. Here’s the footage shot on board the USS Shangri-La. Note the aircraft in daily use; Skyhawks, Skyraiders, Skyrays, Crusaders, and so on. There’s a lot less clutter and equipment on the flight deck, too.
That’s a remarkably clear film, given how old it is. It’s held up well, even by modern digital standards – and preserved a piece of aviation history for us.