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Want to know what it was it like to fly a real P-51 Mustang? Need a gift for a vet who flew one or his family? Wonder what life was like on a carrier fighting in the Pacific? Are you ready to be inspired and uplifted by the exploits of "The Greatest Generation?"

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We have the largest collection of World War2 era aircraft & combat documentary films available anywhere in the world on full screen digital home DVDs. You'll experience everything from pilot training films produced by aircraft manufacturers to rare color documentaries shot in battle by combat cameramen -- and much more. Many of our aircraft DVDs contain complete pilot & technical handbooks with detailed info at no additional charge.
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Mastering the Thompson Submachine Gun in 6 Parts DVD Thunderbolts Go to War DVD The Big Lift - The Berlin Airlift 1948
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Photo of a GI firing a Tommy Gun from the World War 2 US Army training film Mastering the Thompson Sub Machine Gun. Color photo of Republic P-47 Thunderbolts of the 65th Fighter Squadron in action over Italy from the restored World War 2 classic film Thunderbolt! The Berlin Airlift
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
* Thunderbolt! New Digitally restored archival print with more than 5-minutes of new content! 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 Digitally Restored 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
The Big Lift The Western Allies face-off against the Russians in Berlin -- 1948
A dramatic full length feature film shot on location in postwar Germany starring Montgomery Clift. 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 Powers organized the massive Berlin airlift to carry supplies through narrow air corridors. It's an inspiring, well written, powerfully photographed window on the past that will engage you from beginning to end!
The Boeing B-47 Stratojet DVD U.S. Marines Attack! Wold War 2 Pacific Battles Record Breaker: The B-58 Hustler Story Volume 2
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A color photo of a Boeing B-47 Stratojet nuclear bomber as shown in the video Stratojet: Meet Your Boeing B-47 Marines raise the American flag atop Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima Color photos of Convair B-58 and TB-58 Hustler supersonic jet bombers, holder of numerous international speed and altitude records, both on the ground and in the air as part of the Strategic Air Command.
The Boeing B-47 Stratojet DVD
* Flying the Boeing B-47 New addition!
This comprehensive training film, was produced by the US Air Force to familiarize pilots and aircrew transitioning from prop driven aircraft like the B-29 to the new world of the B-47, the USAF's first jet bomber. You'll see a history of early US jet bomber development starting in 1943, followed by a thorough discussion of the Stratojet's flight characteristics, from pre-flight check through landing
* Stratojet: Meet Your Boeing B-47
You'll see the design, development, and manufacturing of the B-47. Then you'll follow a crew from SAC's McConnell Air Force Base (3250th Combat Crew Training Wing) on a training mission that simulates a night attack on a target in the US. There are some great shots of the Stratojet on the ground and in the air, including night air refueling.
* B-47 Combat Maneuvers In 1954 the Air Force conducted a series of tests that showcased the B-47's outstanding agility, doing “toss bombing.” The aircraft would approach the target low and at high speed, pull up sharply, open bomb bay doors, use momentum to literally fling the bomb towards the target and then execute the rest of a half loop Immelman turn so that they were flying back in the opposite direction. Seeing the big B-47 execute this maneuver (and barrel rolls too!) is truly memorable. Cameras located all over the aircraft give unique views during the test flights.
* Two extensive B-47 Flight Manuals


US Marines Attack! World War 2 Pacific Battles New!

Four Videos, digitally restored

* With the Marines at Tarawa Restored Color. The Battle of Tarawa was fought from November 20 to November 23, 1943 in the Gilbert Islands. Nearly 6,400 Japanese, Koreans, and Americans died in the fighting, mostly on the tiny atoll of Betio. The prize was an airfield that could be used to command a vast sector of the Pacific . It was the first time that the US faced serious Japanese opposition to an amphibious landing. The Japanese worked feverishly for a year to fortify the island. Fourteen coastal defense guns, including four 8-inchers, were buried in concrete bunkers. 3,000 elite Japanese Marines formed the garrison. The assault force was the 2nd Marine Division and elements Army's 27th Infantry Division, 35,000 troops in all. The hard fought battle was a costly learning experience for the US Forces. Most of the Higgins assault boats were stranded on a reef, forcing Marines to wade ashore under heavy machine gun fire. The three days of intense fighting that followed are recorded here in vivid color.

* The Battle for the Marianas The Marianas had tremendous strategic importance as a bases for long range B-29 attacks against the Japanese home Islands, for air support for the up coming invasion of the Philippines, and as a staging area for the planned invasion of Japan. Saipan was taken by the 2nd & 4th Marine Divisions and 27th Infantry Division in a battle lasting from from 15 June–9 July 1944. Neighboring Tinian fell to the 2nd & 4th in fighting from July 24th-August 1st 1944. 3rd Marine Division, 1st Provisional Marine Brigade & the 77th Infantry Division took Guam in fighting from 21 July – 10 August 1944. The Japanese defended these islands fiercely, almost to the last man. While giving a good strategic overview of the campaign, this film focuses on the battle for Saipan, the initial landing point and lynchpin for the the rest of the campaign. 71,000 Americans took on 31,000 well entrenched Japanese.

* To the Shores of Iwo Jima (Restored Color) “The toughest 26 Days in Marine Corps history.” The Japanese spent 20 years turning the 8 square mile rock of Iwo Jima into “The Gibraltar of the Pacific” honeycombed with miles of deep tunnels, pill boxes, block houses and gun emplacements sheltered in galleries dug deep into Mount Suribachi. Starting on June 15, 1944, the US Army Air Force and US Navy bombed and shelled the island for nine months,but when Marines of the 3rd, 4th & 5th Divisions landed on February 15th, Japanese defenses were largely intact, pouring withering fire on the beaches. What followed was what one Marine described as “26 days in Hell.” 70,000 US Marines & Navy Seabees faced off against 22,000 dug in Japanese, who rarely surrendered or retreated. Of the 22,060 Japanese soldiers entrenched on the island, 18,844 died either from fighting or by ritual suicide. Only 216 were captured during the course of battle. The Marines suffered 6,821 killed and 19,217 wounded.

* Enemy Weapons – Japanese This fascinating film, produced during World War 2 by the Signal Corps, examines small arms used by Japanese forces commonly encountered in the Pacific Theater: The Arisaka Model 38 .25 cal & Model 99 .303 rifles, the Swiss designed Solothurn Type 100 sub-machine gun, the Type 89 grenade launcher and the Nambu Model 1922 6.5mm Light & Model 92 7.7mm Heavy machine guns. Each weapon is shown and described, followed by field stripping. The Nambus are particularly interesting.

Record Breaker: The B-58 Hustler Story DVD Volume 2
* B-58 Hustler First Test Flight On Veterans Day, Nov 11th, 1956 Convair's revolutionary delta wing B-58 "Hustler" supersonic bomber took to the skies for the first time -- and you'll see it all in this memorable color film
* B-58 Hustler: Swift, Capable, Versatile, Operational! This a film report from the US Air Force on the progress of the B-58 Program was produced by the Convair Division of General Dynamics in January 1961. Highlights include B-58 crews scrambling from their '58 Chevy to get their Hustler airborne; the 18th Sept, 1959 low level capability demonstration flight from Texas to California averaging over 600 kts at altitudes below 500', and 43rd Bomb Wing B-58s win SAC's 1960 Combat Competition, defeating 24 other aircraft in both high & low level bombing classifications. Outstanding color B-58 Hustler footage throughout!
* Airplane 11: The First B-58 Trainer The first trainer version of the Hustler, the TB-58, was delivered by General Dynamics to the US Air Force in August, 1960, the first of eight R&D aircraft (this was "aircraft 11" in the series) converted for that purpose. The biggest change involved converting the Bomber/Navigator station (2nd seat aft) to a  pilot/instructors compartment with instrumentation and controls.Highlights include great footage of the colorfully painted TB 58 training version in operation.
* Open Road III: 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. There's some beautiful B-58 take-off footage here.
* B-58 Ejection System Development The B-58 was the first aircraft capable of operating at sustained supersonic speeds at very high altitudes.  That posed new problems for crew ejection and survivability. This film, produced by General Dynamics and the US Air Force, shows the unique challenges in ejecting from the B-56 and the solutions that were developed over time.
* Escape and Survive Developed by B-58 capsule subcontractor and ejection seat pioneer Stanley Aviation, this film focuses on the design, manufacture and testing of the capsule itself.
* Convair TB-58A "Hustler" Flight Manual
 
Rare supplementary manual for the TB-58A, the training version of the Hustler.
The Northrop P-61 Black Widow DVD P-51 Mustangs Go To War DVD Martin B-26 Marauders Go To War DVD
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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. World War 2 photos of North American P-51D Mustangs. Color photos and nose art of Martin B-26  bombers  of the White Tailed Marauders, 323rd Bomb Group, operating against Germany from their base in France in World War 2.
* Northrop P-61 Black Widow Night Fighters in Color  Color New!
Exclusive production from recently discovered materialsVery 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
P-51 Mustangs Go to War DVD
* Flight Characteristics of the North American P-51 "Mustang"
Learn how to fly"the Cadillac of the Sky," widely considered the best all around piston engined fighter of WW 2.
* The 354th Fighter Group "Mustang Pioneers" Color Scrapbook New! Rare color film footage of the legendary 354 Fighter Group, with over 700 Kills, the highest scoring American unit in Europe. You'll see great aces like Eagleston and Carr at work and at play. Amazing color gun camera film!
* Fight for the Sky 8th Air Force fighters strike deep into Germany -- exciting air to air and air-to-ground gun camera footage!
* A Day with the A-36s Rare color film of an A-36 (P-51 ground attack version) squadron in action in Sicily. Incredible cockpit combat views of dive bombing plus captured He 111s, FW-190s, Ju 88s, and a Macchi 202 "Folgore."
* Air Attacks Against Italy More exciting "from the cockpit" views of A-36 bombing and strafing attacks near Rome in 1944. Nonstop action!
* Luftwaffe Finis Color Newly discovered color footage of top Luftwaffe leaders and pilots taken as they fell into Allied hands. Startlingly realistic color film of Herman Goering, Adolf Galland, Hans Ulrich Rudel and many more. Captured Me 262. FW 190, more.
* 130 page North American P-51D's pilot's manual

B-26 Marauders Go to War
* White Tailed Marauders: The 323rd Bomb Group and their B-26s New Exclusive Production Rare color film of B-26 Marauders in action in the Spring of 1945. See the 453rd, 454th, 455th, and 455th Bomb Squadrons operating against Germany from their base in France.
* How to Fly the Martin B-26 "Marauder" The high speed, good bomb load, and durability of this medium bomber made it well suited for low level raids. Highly recommended.

* The Rear Gunner Starring Lt. Ronald Reagan and Lt. Burgess Meredith, a seldom seen look inside an actual World War II bomber gunnery school.
* Building a Bomber: The B-26 See production of a B-26 from metal casting through final assembly.
* 105 page Martin B-26 Marauder pilot's manual in .pdf file format with photos, systems diagrams, performance charts, procedures & more.



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