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Now Playing - August  Features
Suspended Runway in the Jungle NEW!
Field Assembly of the P-47 Thunderbolt
365th Fighter Group Hell Hawks
U.S. Navy Metal Smiths
Land & Live in the Desert
Acrobatics for World War 2 Fighter Pilots
Ploesti Raids
Vietnam War Mekong River Patrol
This amazing 'How To" documentary is from the top secret World War 2 archives of the Office of Strategic Services (O.S.S.) the forerunner of the C.I.A. It could be right out of a James Bond film. (Why this film was narrated by a gentleman with an English accent is unknown, but it does sound like “Q” giving Bond the lowdown on his latest gadget!) In essence, you'll learn how to quickly construct a "Suspended Runway" capable of landing, raising and lowering and launching light aircraft in the jungle, above the undergrowth, where clearing jungle and constructing a landing strip was virtually impossible.
Uncrating & Field Assembly of the P-47 Thunderbolt
This truly remarkable step-by-step training film shows how a ground support crew of fifty men could assemble a P-47 in a field using nothing more than muscle, unpowered hand tools, and pieces of the shipping crate it came in. We're talking nothing more than hammers, wrenches and bicycle pumps! You'll also get a unique look at the inner workings of the big Jug as it is literally bolted together by field personnel. A must see for P-47 fans and shade tree mechanics alike! "One of my personal favorites!" Zeno
365th Fighter Group Hell Hawks & Their P-47s
I put this to documentary together from silent, unedited archival film. Really exciting P-47 Thunderbolt action from the skies over Germany, Spring, 1945.Col. Ray J Stecker leads the men of the 386th, 387th, and 388th Fighter Squadrons into action. Watch extensive color footage of the 365th Thunderbolts in their forward bases in France and Belgium and exciting air-to- air and air-to-ground attacks, including rare gun camera film of the shoot down of a Messerschmidt Me 262 jet fighter!
World War 2 U.S. Navy Aviation Metal Smiths
Making aircraft parts from scratch
Spare parts for Naval aircraft weren't always readily available at sea or in the field. Your see Navy metal smiths produce a replacement engine cowling from scratch in the field, including producing a mold and casting, for a PBY Catalina and repairing a PB4-Y (the Navy's B-24) with a new nose turret and more.
Land & Live in the Desert
This remarkable film dramatization was used in World War 2 to train US aircrew on how to survive a crash landing in the desert. After getting really shot up, Army Air Force B-24 Liberator "Pippin" lands 400 miles from their nearest base, 60 miles from the nearest watering hole, on the desolate sands of North Africa. Two of the crew are wounded and temperatures hit 130 degrees F during the day. Their radio is out and they forgot to bring critical emergency supplies, figuring they wouldn't need them. What follows is a text book case on how to make it out of the desert.
Acrobatics for World War 2 Fighter Pilots
This Army Air Corps training film covers the basic acrobatic maneuvers every fighter pilot should master before heading into combat, including Immelmans, loops, snap, half & slow rolls, vertical reverses and more. This is a very detailed, hands on training film, showing the role of control surfaces, precise live action stick and rudder movements for each maneuver and common errors and how to avoid them. The agile Fairchild PT-19 trainer is a star performer. BTW, "Acrobatics" and "Aerobatics" were both in common use during WW2.

US Bombing Raids on the Ploesti Oil Fields 1943-44

Two films commemorating the costly missions flown by the US Army Air Force against the Ploesti oil fields in Romania in 1943-44. August 1st marks the 76th Anniversary of the first mission.
* Medal of Honor: Ploesti August 1, 1943 On August 1, 1943, specially trained elements of the 8th and 9th Air Forces flying B-24 Liberators based in Benghazi Libya launched a daring low level attack on Ploesti, over 1,200 miles away. They struck and struck hard, but the cost was very high. Unescorted by fighters and coming in literally at tree top level to surprise the enemy, 54 out of 162 of the attacking bombers were lost, along with 540 American air crew.

* Air Siege Ploesti : March to August 1944 The capture of Foggia in Italy in 1944 provided the 15th Air Force with a base to launch a new series of air attacks on Ploesti. This time, B-17s and B-24s attacked with fighter escort at high altitude.

River Patrol US Navy Mekong River Delta Operations - 1967
The USS Harnett County (LST-821) served as a floating base in the China Sea for PCF swift boat and helicopter patrol operations in the Mekong River Delta during the Vietnam War. The labyrinthine Delta was a hot zone in the war against well organized Viet Cong insurgents, immortalized by the film "Apocalypse Now." This beautifully photographed film is the real thing -- a "slice of life" documentary showing daily operations aboard the Harnett County and exciting action on swift boat river patrols & Huey helicopter gunship ground support missions.
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