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Now Playing - January  Features
Nuclear Propelled Spacecraft NEW
426th BG A-26 Invaders Attack
WW1 Aviation Training 1917
B-17 Emergency Operations
Huey Helicopters in Vietnam
Cold War Anti Submarine Ops
B-58 MITO Tests
Heavy Machine Guns in Attacks
Today using a nuclear reactor to power a space ship may seem like pure science fiction, but in fact, the United States did in depth development and testing of nuclear powered space flight engines starting in the 1950s before the project was terminated in 1973 and it's still in the running as a viable system for future crewed inter planetary space exploration missions. The chief advantage of nuclear propulsion over traditional chemical systems is that nuclear engines are twice as efficient in generating thrust carrying an equivalent weight of fuel, with corresponding advantages in payload and range.
426th Bomb Group A-26 Invaders Attack!
Exclusive Documentary! Legendary SFP 186 Army Air Force combat cameramen rode along with 416th Bomb Group A-26 Invaders during March and April, 1945 with color film loaded in their cameras. The results are some of the most beautiful and dramatic footage to come out of the World War II.You'll see fleets of silver Invaders soaring through towering cumulus clouds before unloading torrents of bombs deep inside the Third Reich. An added bonus is a cache of remarkable still pictures taken by 416th Group (668th, 669th, 670th and 671st Bomb Squadrons) staff photog "Sargent Cachat" showing A-26s and their crews.
World War 1 American Aviation Cadet Training 1917
Exclusive Original Production I created this original documentary from archival footage that I digitally restored. When the United States entered World War 1 in April, 1917 there was an immediate need to create an "Air Service" almost from scratch. Thousands of pilots, observers, bombardiers and gunners had to be trained in record time for the air war in Europe at newly constructed or converted facilities spread across America. One of the surprises in this is film is the use of early "Virtual Reality" simulations in training! The venerable Curtiss ""Jenny" training plane is featured throughout. Jennys lived on long after the War for many years as civilian trainers, in air shows and for personal use
B-17 Emergency Operations
B-17 Emergency Operations is literally a "hot stove" session where veteran pilots give hands on advice on how to overcome some of their most challenging B-17 disaster scenarios. You'll learn how to handle dangerous situations like in flight engine fires, CG induced flight instability, stalls, emergency small field takeoffs & landings and a lot more. Plus there are animations, graphics and a dry sense of humor that make this one of the more enjoyable training films to come out of World War 2.
Huey in a Helicopter War in Vietnam
This film was produced by Bell Aircraft to show the essential part played of their "Huey" UH-1 Iroquois Helicopter in nine different of rolls, including recon & fire direction, transport & supply, a variety of assault gunships configurations and medical evacuations. The film uses dramatic combat footage to illustrate the theory, tactics and practice of Huey operations, including from the cockpit views of airborne assaults and the establish and development of LZ's in Vietnam. The advantages over and differences from traditional ground assault tactics are discussed and shown detail, along with varying tactics for different situations.
Tracking the Threat - Cold War Anti Submarine Ops
This is an amazing time capsule that could have come right out of the pages of Tom Clancey's classic thriller, “The Hunt for the Red October.” In this memorable recreation, a US Navy Carrier Task Force detects and tracks a Soviet sub in the North Atlantic. You'll see all aspects of the operation from the high tech Tactical Command Centers aboard the Carrier USS America and Destroyer USS Spruance (DDG-111), to P3 Orion turbo props out of Keflavik Iceland and carrier launched S3 Vikings dropping and monitoring sonobuoy fields, to Destroyers deploying towed arrays.
Convair B-58 MITO Tests
During the depths of the Cold War, SAC bombers had only 15 to 20-minutes to get airborne between the launch of enemy missiles and their arrival at US targets. That meant that the ability get US air forces on their way quickly and efficiently was absolutely essential for survivability, striking power and deterrence. A critical element in this quick response was "MITO" - "Minimum Interval Take-Off." This involved determining the optimum interval between the launching aircraft to achieve the fastest possible deployment, while avoiding jet thrust and wing turbulence from preceding aircraft while allowing an adequate safety margin in case an individual plane had to abort.
Using Heavy Machine Guns in Attacks in WW2
In the popular imagination, the heavy machine gun is usually thought of as a supremely effective defensive weapon. This unique film shows various infantry tactics that can be used to make it a potent part of offensive operations as well. The featured weapon in this US Army World War 2 training film is the Browning M-1917 water-cooled .30 caliber "heavy" machine gun, perhaps selected with the idea that if the big Browning could be lugged forward in an offensive maneuver, anything could be.
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