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Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress DVD w Free Memphis Belle DVD Tin Cans, Cruisers, Battle Wagons & Flat Tops: the US Navy in Action The Rabaul Campaign: "Mission to Rabaul" and "Attack! The Battle for New Britain" DVD
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Photo of a Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress heavy bomber on the runway in World War 2. Navy Ships Photo of B-25 Mitchel bombers attacking a ground target during the New Guinea Campaign in World War 2 from the film Mission to Rabaul.
How to Fly the Boeing B-17 DVD
Produced as a set by Boeing Aircraft.
* Part 1:Ground Operations
* Part 2 Flight Operations
* Part 3: Emergency Operations
* Part 4: The Induction system
* B-17F 25 Hour Inspection

* 109 page Boeing B-17 pilot's manual
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The Memphis Belle (Technicolor )
The film chronicles the 25th mission of the Boeing B-17 Memphis Belle, flying deep into Germany to strike the all important U-boat submarine pens at Wilhemshaven. This is the original wartime documentary, written and directed by legendary Academy Award winner William Wyler.
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B-17E 25 Hour Inspection "The Crew Chief"
This is a fascinating B-17 maintenance film, aimed at the B-17 crew chief.  
* 500 page B-17 mechanic's manual
This manual is known as the "B-17 Bible" for good reason. Mechanics and ground crew used it every day for servicing and assembly of the big Flying Fortress.  Armaments, engines, instruments, electrical systems, bomb loading, fuselage assembly, landing gear -- that's just a small portion of what is covered in over 500 pages of charts, illustrations, tables and detailed instructions.

Tin Cans, Cruisers, Battle Wagons & Flat Tops: The US Navy in Action. 10 films with more than two and a half hours of exciting video

* Your Job in the Navy; Aviation Ratings. This series of five color films is an amazing look behind the scenes showing what \made the US Navy's Air Arm tick during World War 2.Not only will you see ratings going about their highly specialized duties, you'll get up close looks at aircraft like the SBD Dauntless dive bomber, Vought OS2U Kingfisher catapult scout plane, four engined Consolidated PB4Ys &PB2Ys, Avengers, Hellcats.& more.

* Destroyers Greyhounds of the Seas. Narrated by the legendary actor & ex Marine Corps DI, Jack Webb, This fascinating documentary covers the history of “Tin Cans” from the US Navy's first “Torpedo Boat Destroyer,” the U.S.S Bainbridge (DD-1) in1903 to modern guided missile and ASW Destroyers operating in Hunter/Killer groups in concert with Aircraft Carriers.

* Floating Fortress This is a unique look inside an Iowa class battleship, the U.S.S. Wisconsin, during the Korean Conflict. Essentially unchanged from World War 2, the Wisconsin provided fire support for amphibious landings and inland battles, hurling 16 inch shells 20 miles. The Wisconsin was a floating city at work. You'll see all aspects of daily operations including inside the gun turret in action, on the bridge,and much more

* Battle Ship This film was produced as part of the ceremony commemorating the recommissioning of The Battle Ship Missouri in 1986. You see a history of the Iowa class Battleships, from launching during World War 2 through Korea & Vietnam to extensive refitting with modern electronics & Tomahawk cruise missiles before the 1st Gulf War.

* Surface Strike Vietnam. This classified US Navy report tells the fascinating, and now largely forgotten story of 7th Fleet hit run surface strikes conducted by destroyers and cruisers, close to the shores of North Vietnam in support of Operations Line Backer 1 & 2 starting in April 1972 through January 1973.

* The Attack Carrier. From U.S.S Langely CV1 to U.S.S. Enterprise CVAN 65 This is a concise history of US Navy Attack Carriers from the US Langley in 1921 (CV-1) through the deployment of the first Nuclear powered aircraft carrier, the USS:Enterprise (CVN 65).


Two exciting films showing the isolation and neutralization of the mighty Japanese island fortress
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Mission to Rabaul (New! - Digital Audio & Video restoration) This dramatic, visually high impact documentary film shows some of the most memorable, exciting, and extensive footage of 5th Air Force B-25G bombers conducting tree top level attacks with machine guns and delayed action bombs to come out of World War 2 .The first step in the reduction of Rabaul was the seizure of a string of Japanese bases along the Northeast coast of New Guinea. The film focuses on the decisive and revolutionary impact of the air component in the strategy, including high & low level attacks, parachute drops, and resupply, accompanied by a magnificent musical score drawn from Holst's "The Planets.'
* Attack! The Battle for New Britain
Stage two of the isolation and reduction of the Japanese fortress of Rabaul was the seizure of key bases at the opposite (Western) end of the 370-mile long island of New Britain, cutting enemy supply lines and providing advance airfields for continuing attacks on the stronghold. You'll see all aspects of the invasion, including planning, training, air attacks, amphibious assaults, and the intense jungle fighting to secure objectives by Marine and US Army forces. And there's more of those exciting low level B-25 strikes!
The Grumman F6F Hellcat DVD Boeing B-52 Stratofortresses Go to War DVD Cold War, Hot War: Boomers, Carriers, ASW & Lasers & more – The Post World War 2 US Navy on High Alert
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Photo of a Grumman F6F Hellcat fighter operating from the deck of the carrier USS Lexington during World War 2. Color photo of Boeing B-52D Stratofortress bomber, part of the 4258th Strategic Wing, based in U Tapao, Thailand during operation Arc Light in the Vietnam War. Navy Ships
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.

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B-52: Vietnam - Operations Out of U Tapao Air Base, Thailand
The focus of this dramatic film is an "Arc Light" bombing mission flown by Pilot Captain George Dietrich and the crew of B-52 D "075," 4258th Strategic Wing out of U Tapao, Thailand in support of the besieged marine base at Khe Sahn in Vietnam in 1968. You'll ride along with them in their B-52 and see them relax back at the base.
Operation Sky Watch NEW!
This is a time capsule from the height of the Cold War. In this detailed reenactment, Major Paul Dobbins and the crew of B-52G “Buzz Saw 48” are put on “Airborne Alert,” the highest stage of readiness during a crisis for SAC's strategic bombers in the early 1960s. Armed with a pair of nuclear tipped “Hound Dog” AGM-28 long range supersonic missiles, a load of A-Bombs and ADM-20 “Quail” jet powered decoys designed to fool enemy radars.

B-52 Landing Analysis
This step by step instructional film, produced by the US Air Force, is all about how to land the big B-52 "Buff." A landing is shown in detail, along with a number of "right way-wrong way" examples.
Flight Without a Fin This remarkable training film is the result of an unplanned accident. A B-52H, on loan from the Air Force to Boeing Aircraft for a series of performance tests, was hit by an extraordinary 10 second "microburst" of turbulence on a low level sortie over Colorado that literally ripped off most of its tail fin.. See how they brought it home.
* Boeing B-52D Flight Manual (1,100 pages in printable Adobe Acrobat .pdf file format) Fitted to carry a maximum conventional bomb load, the B-52D flew the bulk of strategic bombing missions in the Vietnam War. This very comprehensive manual with color highlights includes a thorough desciption of the aircraft, normal and emergency procedures, operating limitations, flight characteristics, systems operations, crew duties and much more.

Cold War, Hot War -- Boomers & Carriers, ASW, Lasers & more – Post World War 2 US Navy on High Alert NEW!!

Six Color Films

* Man and the FBN: The US Navy deploys its first nuclear Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarines (

USS George Washington (SSBN-598) –the lead ship of US Navy's first class of Fleet Ballistic Missile submarines - was the first operational nuclear-powered strategic multi-missile under water launch capable submarine in the World. With 16 Polaris A-1 missiles which had a range of 1,000 miles it entered service in December 1959 and conducted the first active patrol November 1960-January 1961. This fascinating film shows the story in graphic detail of the development, construction, testing and deployment of both the revolutionary new subs and their missiles.

* Destroyermen (1960s,Color,15:00) This is a rare up close and personal look at daily life aboard US Navy destroyers on duty with the 6th fleet in the Mediterranean in the early 1960s. Featured ships include USS Bordelon (DD-881), USS Strong (DD-758), and USS Gearing (DD-710). You'll see a wide range of activities including a submarine alert, gunfire drill including shots inside the 5. gun turret, engine room operations, refueling at sea, and liberty ashore in Athens, Greece. A memorable color snap snapshot of a bygone era.

* Tracking the Threat: Anti Submarine Warfare at the Height of the Cold War This is an amazing time capsule that could have come right out of the pages of Tom Clancey's classic thriller, “The Hunt for the Red October.” In this memorable recreation, a US Navy Carrier Task Force detects and tracks a Soviet sub in the North Atlantic. You'll see all aspects of the operation from the high tech Tactical Command Centers aboard the Carrier USS America and Destroyer USS Spruance (DDG-111), to P-3 Orion turbo props out of Keflavik Iceland and carrier launched S-3 Vikings dropping and monitoring sonobuoy fields, to Destroyers deploying towed arrays

* Laser Weapons for the Fleet The Vietnam War posed a new challenge for American attack aircraft: how to deliver payloads with great precision against hotly defended targets like bridges in North Vietnam without exposing planes & crews to withering AAA fire during traditional low altitude dive bombing runs. The answer was a new generation of “smart” weapons systems employing laser beams, TV transmission or a combination of both. This report focus on the development, evolution and deployment of laser based systems by both Navy Air and Marine Corps ground units. The film covers the basics of applied laser technology and the evolution and deployment of laser weapons systems from shoulder mounted laser designators to advanced systems like those on A-6Es Intruder bombers

* Sea Mine Warfare (1968,26:00,Color) Sea mines are one of the oldest naval weapons system still in use for very good reasons: they're relatively cheap, easy to deploy and perform a a wide variety of important functions including blockading harbors, destroying ships at sea, blocking sea lanes and psychological warfare. This comprehensive film gives a short history of the development of both sea mine technology and the mine sweepers used to detect and destroy them from the mid nineteenth century, through World War 1 and 2, with a detailed case study of their role in delaying the the landings at Wonsan in the Korean war, plus more modern deployments. You'll learn about the various kinds of mines including contact, pressure sensitive, acoustic and more and their tactical and strategic uses. You'll also see the various counter measure used by mine sweepers to detect &n explode mines, featuring USN sweepers Pinnacle (MSO 462), Sagacity (MSO 469) Agile (MSO 421) and Ozark (MCS 2) in action. This is an inside view of a widely used but little known technology you wont see anywhere else.

* The U.S. Navy from Vietnam to the 21st Century This is an excellent broad stroke report on the evolution of U.S. Navy strategic doctrine and deployment from the Vietnam war through Operation Desert Storm. You'll see how the Navy adapted to the unique challenges presented by the Vietnam War, followed by post war down sizing and then dramatic growth under the Reagan administration's “600 Ship Navy.” Of particular interest are the evolving role of aircraft carriers, the rebirth of the battleship and the introduction of a new generation of smart weapons like the Tomahawk cruise missile, used extensively in the Gulf War

World War 2 Fighter Tactics, Aerial Gunnery, Gun Camera Film & more Record Breaker: The B-58 Hustler Story Vol.1 Flying the Republic P-47 with Free P-47 Thunderbolts Go to War DVD
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World War 2 Fighter Tactics, Aerial Gunnery, Gun Camera Film & more Color photo of a Convair B-58 Hustler supersonic jet bomber, holder of numerous international speed and altitude records. Photo of a P-47 Thunderbolt ready for takeoff.
World War 2 Fighter Tactics, Aerial Gunnery & Gun Camera Film NEW!
Eight exciting videos - all on one DVD!

* Fighter Combat Formations: Attack & Escort with Ronald Reagan
An experienced Army Air Force fighter pilot, played with his usual verve by Ronald Reagan, is called back from the front to lead a fighter tactics class in Flight School for rookie pilots. The film starts with the AAF way for forming. deploying and maneuvering fighter formations from two ship elements to 12 plane squadrons & how to take on enemy fighters and more.
* Offensive Tactics Against Enemy Fighters with James "Jimmy" Thach Learn the tactics US Navy fighter pilot's developed -- the hard way -- during the first two years of World War 2 fighting the Japanese. Narrated and produced by legendary World War 2 fighter ace John "Jimmy" Thach ("The Thach Weave") & animated by Disney.
* Acrobatics for Fighter Pilots featuring the Fairchild PT-19
This Army Air Corps training film covers the basic acrobatic maneuvers every fighter pilot should master before heading into combat, including Immelmans, loops, snap, half & slow rolls, vertical reverses and more.
* Flexible Aerial Gunnery: Making A Gunner This Army Air Force training film is the best look inside a World War 2 aerial gunnery school we have seen.
* 8th Air Force P-51 Mustang Gun Camera Film ( The origin of this video is a silent 8th Air Force information film showing 8th AF P-51 gun camera film shot in the snow covered Winter of 1944-1945, with brief unit IDs for each pilot. We've restored the video, added sound effects from real P-51s and included photos of most of the featured pilots with additional info and pictures of their Mustangs.
* 9
th Air Force P-47 Thunderbolt Gun Camera Film This color video is taken from archival collection of dark, faded silent film that we've been able to restore using digital technology. Once again we've added additional info about the pilots and planes and added real P-47 Thunderbolt sound effects.
* Recognizing the Focke Wulf Fw 190 This informative aircraft recognition film was produced by the RAF. Telling friend from foe was an essential skill for every combat pilot. Fine in flight footage shot from many angles of a captured Fw 190.
* Recognizing the Junkers Ju 88 (1943,7:00, Restored B&W)
Another excellent RAF aircraft recognition film. There's some very good Ju 88 footage here, including one of the intact examples that landed in Britain, shown in flight from many angles.
Record Breaker: The B-58 Hustler Story DVD Volume 1
A pilot once said of the B-58
, "She looked like she was breaking the sound barrier just sitting on the tarmac." The B-58 wasn't just one of the fastest bombers of her day, she was one of the fastest military planes period. In the early 1960s the B-58 gained 14 speed and performance records, many previously held by Soviet aircraft.
* B-58 Bendix Trophy Race 1962 (Color) On March 5th, 1962, Capt Robert G Sauer & his crew in "Tall Man 55" took off from Carswell AFB, Fort Worth, Texas to break three transcontinental speed records in one day, over 4,500 miles -- in "Operation Heat Rise."
* B-58 Low Altitude Bombing Capability (Color) This film focuses on the low altitude sections of "Tall Man 55s" record breaking March 5th flight. Great views of the Hustler at very low altitude from inside & outside the cockpit at Mach two.
* The Bleriot Trophy (Color) In 1930 the French aviation pioneer established a prize for the first aircraft to average over 2,000 kph for thirty minutes. See how B-58 Hustler "Firefly" took the prize.
* Champion of Champions (Color) Isn't that the legendary star and war hero James Stewart climbing out of the pilot's seat of the B-58 that just touched down? "Yup!" -- and he's ready willing and able to give you his first hand impressions of an aircraft he is obviously has fallen in love with.
DVD includes two B-58 flight manuals with over 450 pages of detailed information.

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* Pilot Familiarization for the P-47
* Ground Handling, Takeoff, Normal Flight and Landing.
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* 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.
* P-47N Thunderbolt Pilot's manual





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