Don't Be A Dilbert!
World War 2 Aerial Gunnery Range Safety
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Believe it or not, Dilbert cartoons started over 70 years ago, and, no they didn't feature guys stuck in corporate cubicles. The first Dilbert cartoons were created during World War by U.S. Navy Lt. Richard Osborn, based on the Navy flier name for operational errors --"dillies." (Now immortalized in those beer commercials.) The "Don't be a Dilbert" warning and character were featured on a wide variety of posters promoting safety. As played here by "Dead End Kid" Huntz Hall, pilot trainee Dilbert is a combination of over confidence and bumbling incompetence. A nice feature of this film is a good look inside and outside Navy F4F/FM carrier planes used in training. In this humorous, yet serious training film, Dilbert fearlessly provides a string of negative examples of what not to do during aerial gunnery practice. An added bonus is the narration by Navy ace pilot John S. "Jimmy" Thach, inventor of the "Thach Weave," who helped write and produce instructional films like this.
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* Flight Characteristics of the Grumman F6F "Hellcat"
The Navy's workhorse fighter/bomber, faster and more durable than a Zero, the Hellcat secured air superiority for the USN. This step-by-step F6F pilot training film was produced by the US Navy during World War II.
* Recognition of the Japanese Zero Fighter
Lieutenant "Jimmy Saunders" (Ronald Reagan) learns how to tell a P-40 from Japanese A6M Zero, the hard way. (That's a very angry Craig Stevens aka "Peter Gunn" on the receiving end.) Contains plenty of interesting info about what US pilots were told about Japan's most produced and feared fighter and how to spot it. Includes seldom seen footage of a captured Zero doing spectacular aerobatics.
* Don't Kill Your Friends -- Range Safety for fixed gun aircraft
Believe it or not, "Dilbert" cartoons started in World War II, and, no they didn't feature those poor shmuck's stuck in corporate quick sand. The first "Dilbert" cartoons were created by U.S. Navy Lt. Richard Osborn, based on the Navy flier name for operational errors --"dillies." The "Don't be a Dilbert" warning and character was featured on a wide variety of posters promoting safety As played here by "Dead End Kid" Huntz Hall Dilbert is a deadly combination of over confidence and bumbling incompetence who wreaks havoc among Naval personnel and innocent civilians. A nice feature of this film is a good look inside and outside the Navy F4F/FM carrier fighters used in training. In this humorous, yet deadly serious US Navy training film, Dilbert fearlessly provides a string of negative examples of what not to do during aerial gunnery practice.
* 60 page F6F pilot's manual in .pdf file format with photos, detailed systems diagrams, performance charts, procedures & more.