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Mastering the Thompson Submachine Gun in 6 Parts DVD Primary Flight Training with the Boeing/Stearman PT-13 -17 N2S Kaydet 2 DVD Set with 2 flight manuals Air Reconnaissance, Combat Counter- Intelligence, Camouflage & Espionage in World War 2
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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. Photo of a Navy Stearman N2s Kaydet primary flight trainer taken during World War 2. Scenes from Air Reconnaissance, Combat Counter- Intelligence, Camouflage & Espionage in World War 2
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
2 DVD Set (3 Hours, B&W, 1944-45)
Nine films featuring the Stearman N2S: Flying Sense * Before You Fly * Your First Flight (Parts 1&2) * Attitudes of Flight * Taxiing & Take-Offs * Landings * Race Track Patterns (Parts 1&2) These films lay a fine ground work for primary flight skills This series of basic flight training films was produced and directed for the US Navy by actor and Hollywood legend Robert "Bob" Taylor a lieutenant in the USNR and an active flight instructor during the War. You'll learn everything from ground school chalk talks on the theory of aeronautics and flight to hands on throttle, stick, and rudder training on turns, banks, trimming, climbs, stalls approaches and much more. Now comes with two Stearman pilot's manuals!

Air Reconnaissance, Combat Counter- Intelligence, Camouflage & Espionage in World War 2
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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.

Chopper-American Military Helicopters & Their Crews 1940-1980 World War 2 Allied Aviation News Vol 1: US Aviation Newsreels & Air Force Alerts 1941-1943 X-treme Bombers: The Northrop YB-49 Flying Wing and the North American XB-70A Valkyrie
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Photos of American Military Helicopters Still photo Highlights taken from from the DVD Color photos of Northrop YB-49 Flying Wing and the North American XB-70A Valkyrie experimental bombers in flight and on the ground.

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* Flying the Sikorsky H-19 Chicasaw Helicopter Transitional training with the Sikorsky H-19. The Sikorsky H-19 and its subsequent variants were workhorse utility helicopters for all branches of the U.S. military and many allied forces in the 1950s & 60s, playing prominent roles in conflicts from Korea through the Vietnam War and in many civilian rescue operations.The film covers eight steps: Pre-flight Inspection, Cockpit Procedures, Taxiing, Hovering, Takeoff, Auto-rotation, Approach and Engine Shutdown. The film offers very detailed views of this classic "Chopper," inside and out.

* Bell AH-1J and AH-1T SeaCobra Attack Helicopters in Combat The U.S. Marine Corps H-1J and AH-1T SeaCobra helicopters are twin engined variants of the Army's AH-1G Huey Cobras, which had been introduced during the Vietnam War.The Marine Cobras saw limited action at the end of the Vietnam War and then in in Grenada in 1983, the Gulf War, Afghanistan, and Operation Iraqi freedom.. nautical miles. They can reach speed of 170 knots , cruise at 140, have a range of 100 miles and are IFR equipped for all weather and night operations. They can mount a wide range of weapons.The film shows Marine Cobras performing critical missions, mostly in support of amphibious landings.

* USAF 20th Helicopter Squadron CH-3C Jolly Green Giants in Vietnam
Operation Double Eagle in late January, 1966, was the largest Marine amphibious assault since the Korean War and the largest conducted during the Vietnam War. 5,000 "Delta Force" marines from 1st Marines, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, and 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines landed by ship and helicopter in southern Quang Ngai Province near Duc Pho. Great quality color footage shows USAF 20th Squadron "Jolly Green Giant" CH-3C helos operating out of Danang supporting the amphibious landing in a variety of roles including ferrying 105mm howitzers from "Red Beach" inland to forward fire bases, transporting causalities and captured VC, bringing in spare parts and ferrying civilians from the combat zone to safe havens.

* Shotgun Rider: Huey Helicopter Door Gunners in the Vietnam War One of the iconic images from the War in Vietnam is of U.S army door gunners firing M-60 machine gun bursts from a low flying Huey into the jungle below. This fascinating film shows all aspects of door gunner duty, from training through deployment in front line units in Vietnam. And the film isn't just about these 'Shotgun Riders," it's also an informative look at all aspects of Huey Attack Helicopter operations & tactics in Vietnam.

* Chopper Pilot Often called "The Helicopter War," Vietnam produced an explosion in demand for trained pilots & crew. Starting with basic classroom work on aerodynamics, engineering & more at Fort Walters Training Center, promising students, soon move on to to basic flight school in the minuscule TH 155 trainer to learn basic flight controls & helicopter handling and then on to their first solo flight. (Then a veteran military instructor takes over to teach them advances skills, including low level cross country flying, navigation, formation flying and recon work. Those that pass the test move on to Ft. Rucker, Alabama for advanced training ion the lager TH13T, including instruments, ADF and GCa. The next step up is to the ubiquitous Huey UH1 and includes basic maintenance and familiarization with the Huey gunship variant. Training culminates in an 8 Day "Field Problem," where everything is done to simulate operating in real combat conditions doing a variety of missions, including heavy lifting, recon, transport & LZ support.

Boeing CH-47 Chinook Airlifts Chaparral Defense System (1977,Color,25:00)
From their inception Helicopters were seen as ideal carriers for transporting loads from Point A to Point B in remote, inaccessible areas in a relatively short time. The Army's Boeing CH-47 Chinook is a prime example that could lift up to 10,000 lbs. This nuts and bolts, how its done film shows an Army team airlifting a M54 forward air defense launcher, mounting four MIM-72A heat seeking missiles, in an emergency situation in the desert by decoupling it from it's tracked carrier and transporting it to a hot spot to provide a ready to go defensive shield.

Bonus: World War Two Helicopters. (1941-45,B&W,Silent,10:00) These very rare archival film shows test flights of three of the first operational military helicopters in World War 2: the German twin rotor Focke Achgelis Fa 223 Drache (Dragon0, the German single rotor, forward engined Flettner FL265, and the American Vought Sikorsky VS 3000 Amphibious helicopter.

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As war spread across Europe and Southeast Asia, the US Army Air Force & the American aviation industry answered President Roosevelt's call to action, gearing up at breakneck speed to meet the growing Axis threat. Then, after the Pearl Harbor attack, the American took its first step towards rolling back then Japanese in the Pacific as the Allies turned the tide in Europe.
* Army Air Force Newsreels 1941
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American Military Aviation News 1942
* Army Air Forces Alerts 1942-1943
* US Military Aviation News 1943


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 )

Flying the Republic P-47 with Free P-47 Thunderbolts Go to War DVD The Grumman F6F Hellcat DVD Republic F-105 Thunderchiefs Go to War DVD
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* 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!
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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

 
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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