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Our DVDs make memorable gifts! 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!

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.
If sold separately, these manuals would double the cost of our DVDs, an exceptional value.

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X-Planes and Test Pilots DVD Mastering the Thompson Submachine Gun in 6 Parts DVD The US Navy Bombers 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. Photo of Black Cat PBY  Navy bombers on a night mission against Japanese shipping in the Pacific 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
* Black Cat PBY Exclusive new edition the big twin engined Catalina's super long range, capacity to lug bombs and radar, and ability to loiter for hours hunting convoys made it an ideal naval night attack bomber.
* Torpedo Attack: High Altitude High Speed NEW Learn all about World War 2 torpedo plane attacks.
* Introduction to Dive Bombing Hit the target the Navy way!
* Flying the TBF The Grumman TBF/TBM "Avenger" Torpedo Bomber. The Avenger was a tough and accurate bomber that had a reputation for bringing it's crew home
* 117 page Grumman TBF/TBM pilot's manual in .pdf file format.
* The Brewster SB2A-4 "Buccaneer" Scout/Dive Bomber Was it really "the worst aircraft of World War II?"
* Introduction to Dive Bombing An informative training film, produced by the Department of the Navy.
* Deploying Aerial Mines You'll learn the basics of Aerial mine laying, including strategy and tactics.
* 66 page Douglas SBD3 "Dauntless" dive bomber pilot's manual in .pdf file format. This aircraft delivered decisive strikes against Japanese carrires at Midway.

X-treme Bombers: The Northrop YB-49 Flying Wing and the North American XB-70A Valkyrie B-24 Liberators Go to War DVD P-38 Lightnings 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. 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.
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.


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


World War 2 Through Axis Eyes: Captured German Newsreels Plus Tiger Tank Manual The US Bombers Go to War DVD Legendary American Generals DVD
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World War 2 still photos taken from German Newsreels including Junkers JU 88 bombers, Focke Wulf FW 190 fighter bombers over Russia, King Tiger Tanks, Luftwaffe night fighter ace Leopold Fellerer, and Panzerjager Hornisse (Hornets) armed with 88s Photo of a Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber ready to take off from the film Target Tokyo. Eisenhower, Patton, MacArthur, Stilwell & Bradley
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A treasure trove of World War 2 newsreels shown in Germany, occupied counties and countries friendly to the Axis. The pictures tell the story -- German combat cameramen were well known celebrities for good reason. "I regularly watch the cable history channels, but most of this footage is completely new to me or I had only seen brief snippets from it before. From a raucous ready room at a Luftwaffe Night Fighter base to the frozen steppes of Russia, this is a tremendous collection of combat and World War 2 historical footage." Zeno

* Medal of Honor: Ploesti August 1, 1943 Specially trained elements of the 8th and 9th Air Forces flying B-24 Liberators based in Benghazi Libya launched a daring low level attack on Ploesti, over 1,200 miles away!
* Air Siege Ploesti : March to August 1944 A new series of air attacks on Ploesti. B-17s and B-24s attack with fighter escort at high altitude.Narrated by Ronald Reagan.
* Bombers Over Africa A rare look at early war US Air Operations in North Africa. B-25 and B-17 bombers of the 321st and 97th Bomb Group help cut off Rommel's retreat from Tunisia.
* Target Tokyo The men of the 21st Bomber Command and their B-29 Super Fortresses make the first 3,00 mile raid on Tokyo.
* Conquest by Air An excellent summary of the strategic air campaign in Europe.
* Mission Accomplished: The Story of the Flying Fortress The inside story of the irst all American B-17 bombing mission over Europe.
* Doolittle Strikes Japan Actual footage from Jimmy Doolittle's B-25s daring raid on Japan.

Legendary American Generals: Eisenhour, Patton, MacArthur, Stilwell & Bradley Five films tell the inspiring stories of these outstanding commanders who literally made history. Produced by the US Army Signal Corps using dramatic archival footage, the films focus on their service during World War 2, but also provide fascinating biographical info showing how their life experiences made them the accomplished leaders they became.




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