Zeno's World War II Fighter Collection You'll receive 10 action packed DVDs: the F4U, F6F, P-38, P-39, P-40, P-47, P-51, P-61 (with pilot's manuals on all 8 aircraft DVDs) plus the powerful P-47 squadron documentary DVD "Thunderbolt!," and our sensational new color DVD "P-47 Thunderbolts Attack!"
- A Fighter Fan's Dream...
- The F4U Corsair DVD
- * How to Fly the Vought F4U "Corsair" (1944, B&W, 20:30)
- "A big, tough, shipboard fighter." This was the plane flown by Pappy Boyington's infamous "Black Sheep" VMF-214 Marine squadron. Initially rejected by they US Navy as a carrier fighter, it was loved by island based Marine squadrons who found it to be both an excellent air superiority fighter and outstanding ground support bomber, a trait much prized and loved by the Corps. Known to Japanese pilots as "Whistling Death" for good reason, the F4U had an amazing 11-1 kill ratio The Corsair went on to perform with distinction through the Korean War and for the French in Indochina.
- * Offensive Fighter Tactics for Naval Aviators (1943, Color, 21:00)
- Learn the tactics US Navy fighter pilot's developed -- the hard way --during the first two years of the War. Covers everything from situational awareness & assessing enemy capabilities to one-on-one dog fights and squadron tactics. Full of detailed illustrations & examples. A must have for virtual combat pilots and World War II fighter enthusiasts alike!
- * Hook Down, Wheels Down (1968, Color & B&W, 55:00)
- This fine documentary was produced by the Department of the Navy to
celebrate the first 50 years of carrier based aviation, with an
emphasis on World War II operations. The Navy Archives were opened to
provide footage ranging from precarious landings on the old Langley, to
the Battle of the Coral Sea, to CVEs facing the Japanese at Leyte Gulf
and more. Along with some great Navy action, the highlight of the film
are the numerous interviews with famous naval aviators, including
George Gay, the only survivor at Midway from Torpedo Squadron 8, John
Thatch, who tells how he invented the famous "Thatch Weave," Gene
Valencia, a top USN ace, and Adm Wade McClusky, also of Midway fame
- * The Saga of the Franklin (1945, Color, 24:00)
- This inspiring documentary shows how the gallant officers and men of the carrier Franklin overcame incredible battle damage inflicted by a devastating bomb hit to save their ship. Also contains rare and informative color footage of late war F4U Corsair carrier ops and daily life on board the ship.
- * 64 page F4U Corsair pilot's manualin .pdf file format with photos, systems diagrams, performance charts, flight procedures & more.
- The Grumman F6F Hellcat DVD Three films & 60 page F6F pilot's manual
- *Flight Characteristics of the Grumman F6F "Hellcat" (1944, B&W, 19:26)
- The Navy's workhorse fighter/bomber, faster and more durable than a Zero, easy to fly and produced in great numbers, the Hellcat became the US Navy's number one weapon in securing air superiority over the Pacific.
- * Recognition of the Japanese Zero Fighter (B&W, 1944, 20:00)
- Lieutenant "Jimmy Saunders" (Ronald Reagan) learns how to tell a P-40 from Japanese A6M Zero, the hard way. (That's a very angry Craig Stevens aka "Peter Gunn" on the receiving end.) Contains plenty of interesting info about what US pilots were told about Japan's most produced and feared fighter and how to spot it. Includes seldom seen footage of a captured Zero doing spectacular aerobatics.
- *Spins & Stalls New (B&W, 15:00, 1944) Why they happen & what to do about them. Featuring an F6F & more.
- * Don't Kill Your Friends -- Range Safety for fixed gun aircraft (B&W, 1944, 15:00) New
- Believe it or not, "Dilbert" cartoons started in World War II, and, no they didn't feature those poor shmuck's stuck in corporate quick sand. The first "Dilbert" cartoons were created by U.S. Navy Lt. Richard Osborn, based on the Navy flier name for operational errors --"dillies." The "Don't be a Dilbert" warning and character was featured on a wide variety of posters promoting safety As played here by "Dead End Kid" Huntz Hall Dilbert is a deadly combination of over confidence and bumbling incompetence who wreaks havoc among Naval personnel and innocent civilians. A nice feature of this film is a good look inside and outside the Navy F4F/FM carrier fighters used in training. In this humorous, yet deadly serious US Navy training film, Dilbert fearlessly provides a string of negative examples of what not to do during aerial gunnery practice.
- * 60 page F6F pilot's manual in .pdf file format with photos, detailed systems diagrams, performance charts, procedures & more.
- The Lockheed P-38 Lightning DVD Six films including 72 page P-38 pilot's manual
- * The Back Door Gang: 430th FS Color Scrapbook (1945, COLOR 15:00) NEW!
- Drive-In Exclusive Newly
discovered film of the 430th FS, 474th FG, 9th Air Force. From the get
go, the 474th was configured as a ground attack unit, but they also
provided bomber escort and level bombing, led by Norden equipped "Droop
Snoops." One of three P-38 squadrons in the 474th, the 430th's call
sign was was "Back Door," and its planes and pilots are featured in the
film in the Spring of 1945 at their base in Florennes, Belgium. You'll
see some intense (and rare) color gun camera film showing strafing
attacks inside Germany, as well as color footage of B-26s and a P-61
Black Widow. Perhaps most memorable are the all too brief, silent
portraits of the men who flew those dangerous missions. It's amazing
how color film brings 60+ year old images to life.
- * Flight Characteristics of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning (1943, color, 34:00).
- Lockheed's top WW2 test pilots do the check out on this very thorough pilot training video. The aircraft of choice of top American Aces, Dick Bong and Tommy McGuire, the '38 was America's fastest and most advanced fighter in 1941 and served with distinction in a variety of roles throughout the war -- from bomber escort and dive bomber in Europe to the Army's air superiority fighter in the Pacific.
- * P-38 Reconnaissance Pilot (1944, B&W 29.00) New
- Starring William Holden ("Bridge on the River Kwai") as Lt. "Packy" Cummings. Photo recon pilots Photo Joes) had one of the riskiest, highest impact jobs in the war. Flying camera equipped, unarmed, and often unescorted aircraft -- in this case the Lockheed F-5, a "stripped down" P-38 -- pilots flew deep into enemy territory. "Reconnaissance Pilot" follows Packy Cummings. from basic training to the skies over New Guinea. He's not particularly happy to be flying reconnaissance -- his Dad was a renowned World War I ace recently killed by the Japanese and he wants revenge. The story of the film is how Packy comes to realize the absolutely essential nature of photo recon and how one Foto Joe can have more deadly impact than a whole squadron of combat '38s. Along the way, you'll learn about photo recon and see some nice F-5 footage, The climax of the film, an action packed clash with a Japanese Zero, is based on a real incident where Alex Gary, the most decorated US recon pilot of the War, deep sixed his opponent without firing a shot.
- * Angel in Overalls (1945, B&W, 15:00) This film was developed to show US Lockheed P-38 production line workers the Lightning at war in a wide variety of combat roles. The dramatic framing for the piece involves a straggling B-24 that is saved from certain destruction by the arrival of "Angels in Overalls" -- P-38s. You'll see all aspects of Lightnings in action, including air-to-air gun camera, bombing, rocketing and photo recon. There's a cameo by Air Corps P-38 ace of aces Dick Bong too. This dramatic film is a must see for all P-38 fans!
- * Yamamoto shot down! (1944, B&W, 4:00) See the P-38 Squadron that shot down Admiral Yamamoto in an incredible long distance interception in the Pacific. Includes purported P-38 gun camera footage of the Admiral's Betty going down in flames, This truly amazing mission -- the result of super secret code breaking and meticulous planning-- was one of the most astounding feats of the war. See why it's been called "the equivalent of shooting down an arrow with a bullet from a mile away"
- * Dick Bong Pacific Ace New (1944, B&W, 4:00) 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 and was renowned for being a remarkably accurate shot. After 28 victories, he could have withdrawn completely from combat to instruct, but he continued to fly combat missions at his own request. He died test flying the new Lockheed P-80 jet fighter on August 6, 1945, the day the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. His death received equal billing in newspapers across the country, a testament to the high esteem in which he was held.
- * 72 page Lockheed P-38 pilot's manual in .pdf file format with photos, detailed systems diagrams, performance charts, procedures & more. This pilot's handbook is essential for a clear understanding of the operation & performance capabilities of one of the most innovative aircraft of World War II-- the P-38 Lightning." -- Zeno
- The Bell P-39 Airacobra DVD 3 films including 36 page P-39 pilot's manual:
- * Introduction to the P-39 (1943, B&W, 37:43)
- * How to Fly the P-39 (1943, B&W, 23:11)
- One of the Russian Air Force's favorite US. Imports, the Airacobra was an outstanding tank buster on the Eastern Front. It's mid engine and 37mm canon were virtually unique. The '39 was widely used as a trainer in the US and had a reputation for weeding out poor pilots -- permanently. Two very thorough and informative fighter pilot training films covering all aspects of Airacobra operation..
- * Collecting And Reporting Enemy Information by Fighter Pilots (1942, B&W 17:00)
- This rare early war training films features P-39 "the 181st Squadron" carrying out a complete mission, with an emphasis on briefing sessions, gathering intelligence during a combat mission, and how to give accurate after action reports. Basic squadron tactics are also covered .
- *36 page Bell P-39 Airacobra pilot's manual in .pdf file format with photos, detailed systems diagrams, performance charts, procedures & more.-
- The Curtiss P-40 WarHawk DVD Both films with 32 page pilot's manual
- How to Fly the Curtiss P-40 "WarHawk"
- 1943:Color, 35:00) Newly discovered extended (34-minute) color version of with original narration
- Claire Chenault's Flying Tigers deadly weapon in China, the P-40 was the Army Air Corp's main front line fighter at the outbreak of the War. This rugged plane served the Allies around the world , from the deserts of North Africa to the jungles of SE Asia.. A detailed checkout produced by manufacturer Curtiss Wright
- China Crisis: The Story of the 14th Airforce (1943, B&W, 35:00)
- After Pearl Harbor, the American Volunteer Force (AVG) Flying Tigers and their P-40s were incorporated into the new 14th Air Force, and their CO, Claire Chennault, was put in command. This is story of the 14th in action, including P-40 gun camera footage, the epic airlift over "The Hump, and a rare look at air operations in China
- * 32 page P-40 Warhawk pilot's manual in .pdf file format with photos, detailed systems diagrams, performance charts, procedures & more
- The Republic P-47 Thunderbolt DVD All four P-47 films and pilot's manual
- * How to Fly the Republic P-47 "Thunderbolt" (1943 B&W)
- * Ground Handling, Takeoff, Normal Flight and Landing (24:34)
- * High Altitude Flight and Aerobatics (21:08)
- See the Jug Rock & Roll ! Ungainly in appearance, the Thunderbolt was a lethal weapon in the ETO. Aces like Zemke and Gabreski racked up most of their kills in a "Jug," and as the war progressed, it became the ground attack weapon of choice for the Americans in Europe.
- * Pilot Familiarization for the P-47 (1943, B&W, 23:00) We've finally located a copy of "Part 1" of Republic's three part "How to Fly the P-47!" The good news is that this film is more than worth the wait. You'll see a detailed, step-by-step rundown on the Thunderbolt's lay out, specs, design and capabilities. Especially informative are a tour of all the major cockpit instruments and components and a look inside the mechanical workings of the turbo supercharger.
- * Uncrating and Assembly of the P-47 Thunderbolt
- (1943, B&W, 40:00)
- This truly remarkable step-by-step training film shows how a ground support crew could assemble a P-47 in a field using nothing more than muscle, unpowered hand tools, and pieces of the shipping crate it came in. A must see for P-47 fans and shade tree mechanics alike!
- * 50-page Republic P-47 Thunderbolt pilot's manual in .pdf file format with photos, systems diagrams, performance charts, procedures & more.
- The P-51 DVD c2003-2007 Zeno's Warbird Videos. All rights reserved.
- * Flight Characteristics of the North American P-51 "Mustang" (1944, B&W, 30:36)
all aspects of the theory & practice of P-51 operations, including
takeoffs, landings, aerobatics, dive limits, and laminar wing airflow
theory. Oscar nominee Lee J. Cobb plays Mustang designer "Dietz" in
this detailed pilot training film. Often called the best all around
piston engine fighter of World War 2, Chuck Yeager became an Ace in the
'51. The Mustang's very high speed and all 'round qualities as a
fighter coupled with extreme range for use as a bomber escort and
interdicting fighter bomber were crucial factors when the 8th Air Force
turned the tide of the Air War over Europe.
- * The 354th Fighter Group "Mustang Pioneers" Color Scrapbook (Color 12:00) New! Exclusive production.
color film of the legendary 354 Fighter Group, with over 700 Kills, the
highest scoring American unit in Europe. You'll see great aces like
G.T.Eagleston and B.W. Carr at work and at play in their newly captured
Germany in Spring, 1945, only a few months before war's end. Nice
scenes with the
group's well known P-51Ds too, including "Margie Maru" and "Angel's
Playmate." This was the first group to fly P-51s in the ETO. Amazing color gun camera film!
- * Fight for the Sky (1945, B&W, 40:00)
40-minute version In February of 1944, General Jimmy Doolittle "turned
loose" his fighters for the first time to go after the Luftwaffe where
they lived. This marked a radical change in strategy from the
disastrous tactics of 1943 that kept escorting fighters chained to
bombers. Now, US fighters, including the super long range P-51, probed
deep into Germany, catching the opposition on the ground, inflicting
mortal damage. This tactic marked a turning point in the war in the air
in the ETO, and contributed to critical total air superiority over the
beaches of Normandy. This feature combines thrilling combat footage
filmed by 8th Air Force cameramen with some of the most action packed
World War II gun camera footage you'll ever see.
- * A Day with the A-36s (1944, Color14:00) Exclusive production.
- Unique extended color version with newly discovered footage. Very rare combat film of an A-36A fighter-bomber squadron in action in Sicily. The A-36 was the ground attack variant of the P-51 and was
known as "the Invader" or "the Musting." The A36A was equipped with
the Mustang's original Allison engine, as opposed to the Rolls Royce
Merlin adapted so successfully in the escort versions, which worked
just fine for low level work. Note the quad 20mm canons on this fast and powerful attack plane, very unusual on an American fighter.You'll see ground crews doing their critical support work, including fueling, rearming and maintaining these sleek birds. This
exciting film includes incredible cockpit views of screaming ground
attack runs as well as fascinating scenes from a captured Italian air
base. Hidden gems in this film
are up close views of captured or destroyed Axis aircraft, including an
He 111, FW-190, Ju 88, and a rare view of an intact Italian Macchi 202
"Folgore" in full desert cammo.
- * Air Attacks Against Italy (1945, B&W, 6:00)
exciting "from the cockpit" views of A-36 bombing & strafing
attacks near Rome in 1944. This is a short film, but it's nonstop
action! Some of the best footage of US dive bombing attacks you will
- * Bonus feature: Luftwaffe Finis (Color 12:00) New! Exclusive production.
discovered color footage of top Luftwaffe leaders and pilots taken as
they fell into Allied hands at the end of World War II. You'll see
startlingly realistic color footage of Herman Goering, Adolf Galland,
Hans Ulrich Rudel and many more. Captured aircraft are shown as well,
including an Me 262, the first jet fighter, and an FW 190. You'll be
amazed when you see these color images.
*130 page North American P-51D's pilot's manual in .pdf file format with photos, color illustrations,
detailed systems diagrams, performance charts, procedures & more.
"If you don't have this comprehensive manual, you're only getting half
the story of the P-51." -- Zeno
P-47 Thunderbolts Attack! DVD c 2008 Zeno's Warbird Videos. All rights reserved.
- The Northrop P-61 Black Widow DVD Both films & 64 page P-61 pilot's manual
- *Flying the P-61 Series Airplane: The Northrop "Black Widow" Night Fighter (1944, B&W, 27:40)
- Was this the Air Corp's first stealth fighter? Here's a rare look at one of the least seen, wildest looking, and most specialized American production aircraft of WW2. Armed to the teeth with powerful engines, radar, a remotely controlled 50 cal. machine gun turret, and four 20mm canon, this black beauty was designed to sneak up on unsuspecting prey and quickly blow them right out of the sky.
- * Night Vision for Airmen (1942, B&W, 10:00)
- Jackie Cooper stars in this short film for night fighter pilots. A dark film on a dark subject.
- * 64 page P-61 "Black Widow" pilot's manual in .pdf file format with photos, detailed systems diagrams, performance charts, procedures & more.
- Thunderbolt! on DVD (color documentary, 1944, 45:00) All three films
- * Thunderbolt! Chronicles the exploits of the P-47 Thunderbolt pilots of the "Fighting Gamecocks" of the 65th Fighter squadron, 57th Fighter Group. Based on the island of Corsica off the northwest coast of the Italian boot, they flew from behind the enemy's flank. 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. This film not only features one-of-a-kind P-47 combat footage, it also shows day-to-day life on a MTO forward air base, including vintage pilot slang.
- "This has to be finest combination of great photography, a hard bitten, realistic script, stirring music, powerful narration and full bore Pratt & Whitney R-2800-59W Double Wasp radial engine roar I have seen or heard in a World War II documentary. Truly memorable and highly recommended." Zeno
- * P-47 Combat Operations (1945, Black & White, 16:30)
- This film was shown to fledgling "Jug "pilots before they shipped out to forward air bases around the world. This engrossing video features a half dozen real pilots flying real missions in a variety of roles in all theater of war, including very rare footage of Thunderbolt napalm attacks against Japanese pill boxes in the Pacific. You'll hear the action described in their own words, including a liberal sprinkling of vintage pilot slang.
- * Ramrod to Emden New (1945, B&W, 34:00)
- The 56th Fighter Group (made up of the 61, 62 & 63 squadrons) was one of the most storied Air Corps units of World War II. Home to aces like David Schilling (22 kills), Frances "Gabby" Gabreski (28), Robert S. Johnson (27), Fred Christensen (21.5), Walker Mahurin (21), and CO Hubert "Hub" Zemke (18), the 56th blazed an early trail across the skies of the ETO in their massive but deadly P-47 Thunderbolts. "Ramrod to Emden" is the action packed story of their Dec 11, 1943 bomber escort mission (aka "a ramrod") to Emden, Germany.
* The 362nd Fighter Group: On the prowl over Germany (Color 30:00) Exclusive Production
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. These
squadrons were tasked with striking targets inside Nazi Germany as the
war against the Third Reich entered it’s final act in Spring, 1945. The
result is unique “from the cockpit” views putting you in the middle of
attacks on tanks, airfields, trucks, rail yards, bridges, trains,
fighters, and more. You’ll even see antiaircraft fire arcing up from
the ground, bursting around the big Thunderbolts as they make their low
level strikes. You’ll meet 362nd CO Col. Joe Laughlin and the pilots
and crews of the 377th, 378th and 379th Fighter Squadrons and their
aircraft in living color. As an added bonus, there’s rare color
footage of the “Operation Varsity,” the airborne assault across the
*The 365 Fighter Group “Hell Hawks” (Color 15:00) Exclusive Production
exciting P-47 Thunderbolt action from the skies over Germany, Spring,
1945. Lt. Col. Louis T Houck leads the men of the 386th, 387th, and
388th Fighter Squadrons into action. 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!
!* Bonus feature: Gun camera slow motion replay.
When an aircraft is traveling at 300+ mph during an attack run, things
happen in a hurry. It’s often difficult to make sense of everything
you’re seeing in the gun camera film. So, we have taken the very
extensive gun camera footage in these two videos, isolated it into an
additional video, and slowed it down so you have time to see what’s
Pilot's manuals are in
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