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Want to know what it was it like to fly a real P-51 Mustang? Need a present for a vet who flew one or his family? Are you ready to be inspired and uplifted by the exploits of "The Greatest Generation?" Now you can watch the full, complete, unedited original films from World War 2, the Korean War & the Vietnam War from which virtually all the short clips shown on cable channel documentaries are taken. There's a lot more surviving film than you see on TV or ever imagined.

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B-24 Liberators Go to War DVD The Northrop P-61 Black Widow DVD The US Army Air Force in World War 2: Behind the Scenes V`1
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Photo of crew members of the Consolidated B-24 Liberator bomber War Cloud, 98th Bomb Group, based  in Benghazi, Libya, taken shortly before the Ploesti Raid in World War 2. Color photo of a Northrop P-61 Black Widow night fighter ready to take off against Nazi Germany from a base in Belgium during World War 2. Pictures from the US Army Air Force in World War 2 Behind the Scenes Volume 1
* The 98th Bomb Group: Liberators Over Africa (1943, B&W, 27:00) New Exclusive Recently discovered footage shows Medal of Honor winner Col. John R. "Killer " Kane and the men of the 98th Bomb Group in the Summer of 1943, shortly before the heroic, costly Ploesti mission, at their desert base in Benghasi/Benina, Libya. There's an unexpected gem too. Soon after the Axis surrender in Tunisia, 9th combat cameraman Jim Bray hitched a ride on a  B-24 and filmed all the major North African targets the 98th had hit from the air, from El Alemein to Tunis. 
* Liberators Over Europe, 1942-45 New  From Ploesti to Berlin, you'll discover memorable Liberator scenes not not found anywhere else, including pulse pounding air attacks. You'll see B-24 crews up close too along with their ships.
* 1st Air Division  Bombing Highlights 1944-45 New Ball turret gunners were given 16mm cameras and told to film what they saw on bombing missions over the Third Reich.You'll see raids on Berlin, Luneberg, the U-Boat pens at Bremen, Muenster, Ingolstadt, Regensburg, Dresden and many more cities.
Bonus  Captured Luftwaffe film shows the downing of 15 US bombers, one at a time, by FW 190 fighters.


* Northrop P-61 Black Widow Night Fighters in Color
Exclusive production from recently discovered materials. Very rare color P-61 footage shot at the end of World War II.
* Flying the P-61 Series Airplane: The Northrop "Black Widow" Night Fighter A rare look at one of the least seen, wildest looking, and most specialized American production aircraft of WW2.
* Night Vision for Airmen Jackie Cooper stars in this short film for night fighter pilots on th dos and don't of a successful night fighter interception.
* And a very detailed 64 page P-61 "Black Widow" pilot's manual in .pdf file format

The US Army Air Force in World War 2: Behind the Scenes Volume 1

Four exciting films with two hours of digitally restored sound & video in excellent condition!

* Photographic Intelligence for Bombardment Aviation Top secret & never shown to the public, this picture is an amazing time capsule from World War 2. Starring screen legend Alan Ladd (Shane, This Gun for Hire) it's like a real life detective story, seen only by Air Intelligence trainees. “Smitty,” an American Captain in photo analysis stationed in a misty Scottish castle, becomes obsessed with a photo recon picture taken over Hamburg, Germany, that has anomalies he just can't explain. The story of how he solves this riddle using persistence, insight and World War 2 High Tech (including “Stereo Vision”) is a fascinating tale.

* Ditch and Live in a B-17 Produced for the eyes of Allied aircrews only. Ditching was a fact of life for stricken aircraft, from the frozen white tops of the North Sea to the Shark infested waters of the South Pacific. "Lt. Reynolds.” played by veteran actor Arthur Kennedy (Lawrence of Arabia), is copilot on a B-17 that ditches at sea. He's survives by pure luck, but the rest of the crew is lost due to a lack of preparation. When he gets his own ship, Reynolds vows that his crew will thoroughly trained in B-17 ditching.

* Learn & Live: Pilot Heaven Pilot deaths during training were all too frequent in World War 2, a grim fact that was kept from the public, but was a matter of grave concern to the Army Air Corps. Shown only to pilots, this wonderful film is a unique combination of an entertaining, sometimes surreal storyline, with practical nuts and bolts safety training.

* Bonus: Carl Sandburg's “Bomber” This dramatic film was produced and shown to defense plant workers, lauding and encouraging their important work. Three time Pulitzer Prize winning poet & biographer Carl Sandburg wrote the script for this stirring tribute to a marvelous aircraft, the B-26 medium bomber, and to the men & women who built them in the Martin's Marietta Georgia plant.


The Adventures of Tartu Air Reconnaissance, Combat Counter- Intelligence, Camouflage & Espionage in World War 2 US Aircraft Carriers Go to War: World War II Flat Tops in Action DVD
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Scenes from The Adventures of Tartu Scenes from Air Reconnaissance, Combat Counter- Intelligence, Camouflage & Espionage in World War 2 Color still  photos taken from films on the DVD US Aircraft Carriers Go to War, including a US Navy Pilot John S. Jimmy Thach, and B-25s taking off from the carrier USS Hornet for Jimmy Doolittle's raid on Tokyo.
A classic 'Film Noir" feature length World War 2 espionage movie. In1940, bomb disposal expert Capt. Terrence Stevenson (Robert Donat), an Englishman born in Romania and educated in Germany, is called to the Foreign Office n London. He speaks both Romanian and German fluently. He's assigned an undercover mission disguised as a Romanian chemical engineer "Jan Tartu" to destroy a poison gas factory in Czechoslovakia.

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Air Reconnaissance and Observation: Roles, Capabilities and Limitations Airborne intelligence gathering was an essential aid to land and sea combat operations in World War 2 This film was produced by the Army Signal Corps as an introduction for Airborne Observers, including visual reporting, photographic and artillery spotting. Their activities are shown in detail. Skills that had to be developed included navigation, map orientation, radio communications, target identification, photography and gunnery.

Combat Counter-Intelligence Narrated by Hollywood legend Lloyd BridgesThis film opens with a 1940s version of “Spygate.” A scout surreptitiously films from the stands a quarterback's little “tells” that give away the play he is about to run. The scout's team, who is an underdog, uses this intelligence to win their next game against him. The lesson for World War 2 Servicemen: “We must avoid “giveaways!'” The film then segues to a series of engrossing dramatized examples of US infantrymen in both World Wars doing just that.

Camouflage (This film is a treasure. It's one of the best examples of the theory and practice of the art of camouflaging military targets from air observation & attack that you'll find anywhere, presented in a highly entertaining Disney style full color animation supplemented by live action film. Hosted by “Yehudi the Chameleon,” the action is centered around a P-39 Airacobra base in the Pacific and is chocked full of useful information & “how-tos.”

Private SNAFU: Spies! If bumbling Private SNAFU sounds like Bugs Bunny in this entertaining short, it's because it's the legendary voice of Mel Blanc, who did Bugs and many other cartoon characters. The inept Private SNAFU appeared in a series of cartoons showing G.I.s what NOT to do in a variety of situations – in this case, keeping military secrets.

Sucker Bait “Loose lips sick ships,” was a warning seen everywhere during World War 2 in America. In this highly dramatic film, starring Richard Carlson with Donna Reed, Barry Nelson and Esther Williams, unfortunately that comes true. The framework of the film is a lecture to a freshman class for spies in Germany who will soon be sent to the USA. As the cynical, sardonic instructor says, “Here is an incident to illustrate how our enemies talk, think and are criminally careless.” The mission in the case study is to discover convoy sailing times & routes so U-Boats can sink them.

Don't Talk! ) his film was part of MGMs “Crime Does Not Pay'” series showing FBI agents at work. In this case, the G-Men are called in to investigate an explosion at an important defense plant. You'll see them use then state of the art photographic, forensic and chemical analysis to hunt down the perpetrators, in this case a German espionage ring centered around intelligence gathered by Beulah, a waitress in “The Elite Cafe,” where plant workers congregate.

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The Army Air Forces First Motion Picture Unit (1944,B&W, 21:00) One of the most common questions I've been asked about the World War 2 aviation training films like the ones on this DVD is ”Who made these?” The answer is the subject this fascinating report, “The Army Air Forces First Motion Picture Unit.” A massive Hollywood studio in Culver City California was turned over solely for producing these training and information films, staffed by experienced men & women enlisted into the Army from all the trades necessary to produce a top flight motion picture. You'll see writers, actors directors, editors, set designers, props, sound technicians, carpenters, sculptors, wardrobe designers & tailors, cartoon animators, special effects wizards, air & ground cinematographers, a motor pool for on location shooting trips, miniature model production, a full orchestra and more, going about their highly specialized tasks.

The Battle of Midway Award Winning Documentary Directed by four time Oscar Winner John Ford This stirring documentary was shot by Director John Ford during the intense June 4th Japanese carrier plane attacks on Midway Island and by Navy Combat Cameramen abord the USS Yorktown during the epic carrier battle, along with color gun camera film of air to air and air to sea combat.
The Fleet that Came to Stay tells the high tension story of the defense of the Okinawa landing beaches by US carrier planes against Kamikaze attacks - some of the most exciting air combat footage to come out of World War II.
The Second Battle of the Philippines: The Battle of Leyte Gulf was the largest Naval engagement in history, swirling around the 1944 invasion of Leyte Island and the Japanese navy's surprise counterstrike. You'll see dramatic naval surface battles and carrier air footage.
The Life and Death of the USS Hornet tells the dramatic story of the legendary aircraft carrier, the USS Hornet (CV-8), from her launching by Newport News Shipbuilding on Dec 14, 1941 through her dramatic loss on 27 October 1942 after the Battle of Santa Cruz off Guadalcanal.
The Saga of the Franklin New Print! Inspiring documentary shows how the gallant officers and men of the distinguished Essex class carrier USS Franklin overcame incredible battle damage inflicted by a devastating bomb hit to save their ship and bring it home. The film also contains rare and informative color footage of late war Vought F4U Corsair and Curtiss SB2C Helldiver combat operations from the Franklin right off the coast of Japan.
The Curtiss P-40 WarHawk DVD The Grumman F6F Hellcat DVD Republic F-105 Thunderchiefs Go to War DVD
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World War 2 color photo of Curtiss P-40 Warhawk taking off from the film Ways of the Warhawk. Photo of a Grumman F6F Hellcat fighter operating from the deck of the carrier USS Lexington during World War 2. Photo of Republic F-105 Thunderchief fighter bombers on a mission high over the jungles of Vietnam
P-40 DVD
* How to Fly the Curtiss P-40 "WarHawk" Claire Chenault's Flying Tigers deadly weapon in China, the P-40 was the Army Air Corp's main front line fighter at the outbreak of the War.
* China Crisis: The Story of the 14th Air Force After Pearl Harbor, the American Volunteer Force (AVG) Flying Tigers and their P-40s were incorporated into the new 14th Air Force, and their CO, Claire Chennault, was put in command. This is story of the 14th in action.
*Why We Fight: The Battle of China (1943: B&W 63:00) NEW This installment of Academy Award winner Frank Capra's legendary "Why We Fight" series is devoted to the conflict between China and Japan from the early 1930's through America's entry into the conflict after Pearl Harbor. It's an excellent background piece on the war that the Flying Tiger's fought in China as "The American Volunteer Force."
* And a 32 page P-40 War Hawk pilot's manual in .pdf file format with photos, detailed systems diagrams, performance charts, procedures & more.
The F6F DVD
* Flight Characteristics of the Grumman F6F "Hellcat" The Navy's workhorse, faster and more durable than a Zero, the Hellcat was the USN's first choice for air superiority.
* Recognition of the Japanese Zero Fighter Lieutenant Jimmy Saunders (Ronald Reagan) learns how to tell a P-40 from Japanese Zero, the hard way.
* Spins & Stalls Why they happen & what to do about them. Featuring an F6.
* Don't Kill Your Friends -- Range Safety for fixed gun aircraft Dilbert ("Dead End Kid" Huntz Hall) screws up gunnery practice.
* 62 page F6F pilot's manual in .pdf file format with photos, detailed systems diagrams, performance charts, procedures & more.

There is a Way; The 421st Fighter Squadron in Vietnam The best documentary featuring a US Air Force unit from the Vietnam War. See the 421st Fighter Squadron, 388th TFW, their F-105 Thunderchiefs and their crews in the air over Hanoi and on the ground at their base in Korat, Thailand. There's a multitude of informal, as it happened interviews with everyone from the group commander and pilots to hard working maintenance professionals. Pilots discuss tactics and missions, you'll see & hear briefings and debriefings, tour the flight line, relax with the squadron after hours and much more.
The Twenty-Five Hour Day; A Story of Air Force F-105s
This film, produced by Fairchild-Hiller-Republic for the US Air Force, offers a unique look inside F-105 Thunderchief” (The "Thud”) fighter-bomber operations when the air campaign against North Vietnamese supply lines was ramping up into high gear.Includes an excellent over view of Thud operations
against the Ho Chi Minh trail.
Faces of Rescue
F-105 flight leader Lt. James Devoss tells the dramatic account of his rescue from enemy held territory. You'll hear the story of his mission from takeoff to pickup by a "Jolly Green Giant" after being shot down, including actual footage of his rescue. You'll also see all aspects of a "search and rescue" operation that saved so many lives in Vietnam.

Flight Manual for the USAF Series F-105 Series D, F and G 'Thunderchief” all-weather fighter bomber. Over 800 pages of information on normal and emergency flight procedures, operating limitations, flight characteristics, weapons systems, full performance indexes & much more.






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