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Now Playing - November Features
P-38 F-5 Recon Mission to Rabaul NEW!
Tunisian Victory -- New Printi n HD
Luftwaffe Finis - The End of the German Air Force Exclusive
The Big Lift to Berlin Feature Film
No Sweat -- Pilot Safety Training in an F86-D
Floating Fortress - The Battleship Wisconsin in Action
USN River Patrol on the Mekong Delta
Wright Field - WW2 Air Force Test Center
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Photo Reconnaissance pilots received the most in depth training in the Air Force. You'll get a good look at a Lockheed F-5 (recon version of the P-38) inside and out and follow the aircraft and her pilot on a long range mission filming the huge Japanese base at Rabaul. On return to base, the recon large format film is then unloaded and developed at his airfield, analyzed by Intelligence and used for identifying targets for a B-24 bombing mission against the island fortress.
Tunisian Victory
New Restoration from Archival Print in HD
This is the final climactic chapter in the defeat of Rommel's Afrika Korps told in an epic, wide ranging presentation full of memorable scenes. An American-British feature length co-production in very good black and white film. Told through a combination of striking footage, high powered narration by Burgess Meridith and others, extensive captured German film and first hand accounts from the participants.
Luftwaffe Finis -The End of the German Air Force Exclusive !
I produced this documentary from unedited, silent footage. See top Luftwaffe leaders, pilots & high ranking Nazis taken as they fell into Allied hands at the end of World War II. You'll see startlingly realistic color footage of Herman Goering, Albert Kesselring, Adolf Galland, Hans Ulrich Rudel and many more. Captured aircraft are shown as well, including an Me 262, the first jet fighter, and an FW 190. You'll be amazed when you see these color images out of the past.
The Big Lift The Western Allies Face-off Against the Russians in Berlin
In June 1948 in one of the first confrontations in the Cold War, the Soviets cut land supply routes to the Allied sectors of West Berlin, which was deep in the Russian controlled Eastern Zone in occupied Germany. In a test of wills, the Soviets thought they could starve the Allies out of the city. In response the Western Allies organized the massive Berlin Airlift to carry supplies through narrow air corridors. This film is remarkable on several levels. Outside of the two leading roles, ably played by actors Montgomery Clift & Paul Douglas, the other uniformed parts are played by US servicemen who actually performed them at the time. The film was shot entirely on location in Berlin, including Soviet sectors of the city. The full length feature film.
 No Sweat -- Pilot Safety Training in an F86-D
This film was produced by USAFE (United States Air Force, Europe) and filmed on location in Germany in the 1950s, aiming to to cut down on costly air accidents caused by pilot error. Seemingly trivial mistakes sometimes led to SNAFUs -- or worse. You'll follow a pilot through what should have been a routine hop, but turns into anything but that. This black and white movie has a sort of 1950s film noir detective quality to it that makes it more entertaining than a lot of dry, "by the book," military training films. Hey, the pilot is just coming off a bender and he has a "Frau" back in Wiesbaden! The star of this show is the featured aircraft, a North American F-86D -- the all weather version of the Sabre jet -- which is shown in considerable detail. Notice the radar scope mounted on the instrument panel.
Floating Fortress - The Battleship Wisconsin in Action
This is a unique look inside an Iowa class battleship, the U.S.S. Wisconsin, during the Korean Conflict. Essentially unchanged from World War 2, the Wisconsin provided fire support for amphibious landings and inland battles, hurling 16 inch shells 20 miles. The Wisconsin was a floating city at work. You'll see all aspects of daily operations including inside the gun turret in action, on the bridge, the fire control center, messes, bakeries, butcher shops, the PX, print shop, the engine room and much more. (And incidentally, the ship is commanded by highly decorated Capt. Thomas Burrowes, leader of Destroyer Squadron Des Ron 106 attack against the Japanese Fleet at Leyte Gulf.)
River Patrol US Navy Mekong River Delta Operations - 1967 (Restored Color)
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. Highly recommended!
Wright Field Test Center for the U.S. Air Force in World War 2
Wright Field was the hub of US Army Air Force testing & development during World War 2. Virtually all aircraft produced by the Allies were flown in for evaluation, including (as you'll see) Spits, Hurricanes, P-38s, P-39s, P-40s, A-20s, B-17s, the Mammoth B-19, B-24s & B-25s.& more Giant wind tunnels & in flight air flow markers tested aerodynamics. A large facility was devoted solely for developing & testing propellers. here's even a peak at an early radar array, purposely miss-identified as a 'long range sound detection device.” Virtually every system in aircrafts were tested, including brakes, hydraulics,landing gear machine guns, & gun sights. Different munitions were developed including incendiary bombs.
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