Preview – Captain Jack and the Furious Few

Captain Jack
Picture Shows: Jack taking off again after an unsuccessful landing attempt, 1918. Image Credit: BBC NI.

It sounds like the name of an old war film, but this is the true story of Britain’s first aircraft carrier.

HMS Furious first came into service in 1917. We follow its role in the First World War through the eyes of Jack McCleery, a Belfast-born pilot who help to test the idea of planes being able to land on ships, and ultimately helped to deliver the first ever carrier-launched airstrike.

Captain Jack and the Furious Few is on BBC Four at 22.00.