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X-Planes and Test Pilots DVD Mastering the Thompson Submachine Gun in 6 Parts DVD P-38 Lightnings Go To War DVD
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Color photo of a North American Aviation X-15 experimental rocket plane ready for launch from a B-52 bomber during a speed record attempt Photo of a GI firing a Tommy Gun from the World War 2 US Army training film Mastering the Thompson Sub Machine Gun. Color photos of a Lockheed P-38 Lightning fighter in flight and P-38 pilots of Back Door Gang, 430th Fighter Squadron, 474th Fighter Group, 9th Air Force during World War 2.
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* Profile of a Flight Test Pilot
This film was developed by personnel at the Army Air Corps top secret Wright Field flight test facility to give pilots the low down on what to expect if they joined their aircraft testing program.
But, there is much more. You also get a look behind the curtain at Wright Field at some of the rarest and most bizarre aircraft produced during World War II, including one-off prototypes.
* Research Test of Convair Model 7002/XF92A Airplane at U.S. Air Force Test Base Muroc, California
This airplane was the world's first jet aircraft to fly using the radical delta-wing configuration pioneered by Germany's Dr. Alexander Lippisch
. This rare color film shows the 7002 being tested by Consolidated in 1948 at the Muroc Test Base in California. It's hard to imagine a more influential aircraft, as the delta wing was not only adopted in the Convair's F-102 and B-58, but also in a long series of other US, British, French, and Russian designs.
* X-15 1960 (1960, COLOR, 27:00) This documentary was produced by North American Aviation to show the development of the X-15 rocket plane. The legendary test pilot, Scott Crossfield is at the controls. The test site is once again Edwards Air Force Base. There is some beautiful color footage of X-15 flights here as well as scenes of support, development and construction.
* X-15 1961 Annual Report (1961, COLOR, 18:00) The X-15 program really takes off in a record breaking year with Joe Walker, Scott Crossfield, Niel Armstrong and other legendary test pilots at the controls, soaring past Mach 3.
Mastering the Thompson Submachine Gun
This is the definitive film series produced by the Army Signal Corps in 1942-43 to train troops in the use of this outstanding weapon.
Part 1: Principles of Operation  A detailed explanation of the inner workings of the Thompson delivered through a live tear down, with supplemental animation.
Part 2: Assembly and Disassembly Learn the theory and practice of the strip down and reassembly of the Thompson – the Army way -- according to functional groups.
Part 3: Manual of Arms Learn the unique requirements of presenting your Thompson on the parade ground.
Part 4. Loading & Firing (1) Detailed instructions on packing both drum and clip magazines and attaching them to the weapon.  Setting and firing single shot and automatic bursts. Bolt operation, Dealing with jams in the field. Operating the sights.
Part 5. Loading & Firing (2) Different types of ammunition and their uses. Safety precautions during assembly and in the field.
Part 6. Marksmanship Blackening your sights using an open flame. Triangulating your sights for accuracy.  Estimating range. Firing positions: Standing, kneeling, prone and seated.  How to neutralize muzzle climb, even during extended bursts. See the Thompson used in a training field exercise.  Firing at aircraft.
Includes 30 page Thompson Submachine Gun Model 1928 manual in Adobe Acrobat .pdf file format
P-38 Lightnings Go to War
* The Back Door Gang EXCLUSIVE P-38s take the air war into Germany with blistering ground attacks.
* Flight Characteristics of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning Lockheed's top WW2 test pilots do the checkout.
* P-38 Reconnaissance Pilot Starring William Holden ("Bridge on the River Kwai") Photo recon pilots had one of the riskiest, highest impact jobs in the war.
* Angel in Overalls This film was developed to show Lockheed P-38 production line workers the Lightning at war in a wide variety of combat roles.
* Yamamoto shot down! See the P-38 Squadron that shot down Admiral Yamamoto in an incredible long distance interception.
* Dick Bong Pacific Ace This short film pays tribute to Richard "Dick" Bong, the leading American ace of World War II. Flying P-38s, he had 40 victories in the South Pacific.
* 72 page Lockheed P-38 pilot's manual in .pdf file format with photos, detailed systems diagrams, performance charts, procedures & more


X-treme Bombers: The Northrop YB-49 Flying Wing and the North American XB-70A Valkyrie B-24 Liberators Go to War DVD Flying the Republic P-47 with Free P-47 Thunderbolts Go to War DVD
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Color photos of Northrop YB-49 Flying Wing and the North American XB-70A Valkyrie experimental bombers in flight and on the ground. 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. Photo of a P-47 Thunderbolt ready for takeoff.
Four films and two flight manuals on one DVD
*Initial Flight of YB-49
This film was produced by the US Air Force and Northrop to show the first the test flights flights of the YB-49 Flying Wing at Northrop' s Hawthorne, California facility, introducing it to the American public for the first time.This aircraft is revealingly shown at all angles, including up close on the ground and in flight.
*The Story of the Flying Wing
Northrop Aircraft produced this information film to extol the Wing's virtues and answer her critics. The result is a film that gives a compelling overview of the principles of advantages of the Wing design, delivered by Northrop's Director of Engineering, Harrison F. Burke. You'll see color film of the jet powered wing in operation, supplemented by an extensive use of instructive animations.
*XB-70 Valkyrie Flight Test Program
This film, produced by North American Aviation, gives a concise overview of the early phases of the XB-70A aircraft design, construction, development and testing. You'll see Phase one & two flight tests and "proof loading" structural tests. The use and testing of "folded wing tips" and retraction of the "windshield ramp"in supersonic flight is discussed in detail along with the innovative air induction system. On the17th flight, on Oct 14th, 1965, the Valkyrie breaks the Mach 3 barrier and flies at over 70,0000 feet.
*XB-70A Valkyrie: Phase One Flight Testing
The critical first four flight tests of the XB-70A over 34 days at Edwards AFB are shown in detail culminating in the aircrafts first supersonic flight. As might be expected, these early f lights included some dramatic moments, including an in flight engine flame out and one of the landing gear bursting into flames during touch down. But, as mission chief test pilot Col Al White says, "if there were no problems during testing, you wouldn't need test pilots or test flights.

*Flight Handbook for the Northrop YB-49 Airplane
(77 pages)
*North American XB-70A "Valkyrie" Flight Manual (380 pages )

* 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.


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Flying the P-47 DVD 
* Pilot Familiarization for the P-47
* Ground Handling, Takeoff, Normal Flight and Landing.
* High Altitude Flight and Aerobatics  
* Uncrating and Assembly of the P-47 Thunderbolt See a ground crew put together a P-47 in a farmer's field using unpowered hand tools -- Amazing!
* P-47D pilot's manual


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* Thunderbolt! See 65th FS P-47s in action in Italy. As part of "Operation Strangle," They continuously attacked highways, bridges, ammo dumps, railroads and just about anything that moved to choke off the flow of supplies to the Axis front line. Real fighter base life too. A Classic!
* P-47 Combat Operations Veteran pilots discuss flying missions in all theaters. You'll hear the action described in their own words, including a liberal sprinkling of vintage pilot slang.
* Ramrod to Emden The 56th Fighter Group was home to P-47 aces like David Schilling, Frances "Gabby" Gabreski, Robert S. Johnson, Fred Christensen, Walker Mahurin, and CO Hubert "Hub" Zemke. See an action packed "ramrod" into Germany.
112-Page P-47N Thunderbolt Pilot's manual

 
Armored Attack! US Tanks in Action in World War 2 P-47 Thunderbolts Attack DVD The United States Navy in Vietnam DVD
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Photos of M-10 tank destroyers in training at Fort hood Texas, an M4 Sherman tank fighting with the 10th Armored Division at the Battle of the Bulge, and an m3 Grant tank in action early in World War 2 Color photos of P-47 Thunderbolt fighter/bombers and crews of the 362nnd and 365th Fighter groups in action during World War 2. US Navy in Vietnam Pictures
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*The 10th Armored Division in World War 2: Tigers on the Loose. ( Archival footage and interviews. The 10th Armored Division served with distinction with George Patton's Third Army from the Fall of 1945 through the final defeat of the German Army in May 1945. This thorough documentary, prepared by the US Army's Pictorial Center after the war, combines excellent archival film footage, comprehensive maps, and in depth interviews with key personnel from Commanding General William H.H. Morris down the chain of command to front line NCOs.
* Tank Destroyer Boot Camp in Color This unique color documentary gives a rare look inside "Camp" Hood's tank destroyer troop training school in 1943. Includes up close looks at M 10 Tank Destroyers and camp facilities. Highlights include target practice using field guns and M10s against moving targets, field maneuvers against tanks, live fire exercises, armored infantry assaults and bazooka training.
* Operating Light and Medium Tanks Features M5 "Stuart" light and M3 "Lee" medium tanks inside and out in a variety of situations. You'll learn about engines, instruments, fuel systems, starting, gear shifting, turning, breaking, general driving instruction, track maintenance and more.
* TM 9-1729A Technical Manual for Light Tanks M5 ("Stuart"), M5A1, and M24 ("Chaffee"), 75mm Howitzer Motor Carriage M8 and Twin Motor Carriage 40-mm Gun M19: Engines, Cooling Systems and Fuel Systems. 150 pages in Adobe Acrobat ,pdf file format.
* M4 "Sherman" M4A3 Medium Tank Technical manual 64 pages in Adobe Acrobat ,pdf file format. Includes technical data, operating instructions, engines and more.

P-47 Thunderbolts Attack! DVD
* The 362nd Fighter Group: On the prowl over Germany Color Exclusive Production This video contains some of the most exciting color air action sequences to come out of World War II. Select 362nd Fighter Group P-47 Thunderbolt fighter/bombers were especially equipped with extra color movie cameras to capture thrilling ground and air attacks as they happened, Spring, 1945.
*The 365 Fighter Group Hell Hawks Color Exclusive Production. More exciting P-47 Thunderbolt action from the skies over Germany, Spring, 1945. You’ll see 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 an Messerschmidt Me 262 jet fighter
* 9th Air Force Gun Camera Film
* Bonus feature: Gun camera slow motion replay. We have taken the very extensive gun camera footage in these videos, isolated it into an additional video, and slowed it down so you have time to see what’s really happening.

The United States Navy in Vietnam - Four Color videos and 968 page A6 Intruder Flight Manual

River Patrol: US Navy Mekong River Delta Operations The 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 base ship Harnett County and exciting action on swift boat river patrols & Huey helicopter gunship ground support missions.

The Grumman A-6E Intruder: Any Weather ... Any Time The A6-E, the definitive version of the Navy's A6 Intruder attack bomber with upgraded navigation and attack systems, Naval and Marine corps commanders give detailed examples of how the aircraft was used in a wide variety of roles including close air support strikes coordinated with ground troops and long range all weather bombing missions., supplemented by copious film footage of air action in the field. The aircraft’s flight characteristics, navigation and advanced electronic attack systems are covered as well.

Your United States in Action in Vietnam Narrated by NBC News legend Chet Huntley This wide ranging color documentary gives a overview of USN activities during the Vietnam War, including carrier based air strikes, river patrols, Marine amphibious landings, base construction by Sea Bees, reconnaissance, direct gunfire support from warships and more. Great color footage of air, sea & land operations.

Beans Bullets & Black Oil Narrated by Academy Award winner Henry Fonda. During the Vietnam War, for every sailor, aviator or marine who actually faced the enemy, there were ten more performing essential support roles. This is a rare overview of amazingly complex USN logistical support operations in Vietnam. Includes ship to ship transfer of supplies at sea, helicopter transfers, depot operations, specialized ship construction, life aboard a supply ship & more.

NATOPS Flight Manual for Grumman Navy Model A-6A, B, KA-6D & A-6E "Intruder." 968 pages in black and white print with color graphic highlights in Adobe Acrobat .pdf file format.




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