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Mastering the Thompson Submachine Gun in 6 Parts DVD Thunderbolts Go to War DVD Paratroopers! 82nd &101st Airborne Divisions 1942-70 2 DVD set
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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! Scenes from Paratroopers!
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
Nine restored films in a 2 DVD set

*The 82nd Airborne Division (1948)
*82nd Airborne – The All American Division
*Bastogne
*The 101st Airborne Reborn
*The Screaming Eagles in Vietnam 1965-66
*Exercise Arctic Night
*The Parachute Rigger
*Exercise Swift Strike
*The Airborne Soldier

X-Planes and Test Pilots DVD Primary Flight Training with the Boeing/Stearman PT-13 -17 N2S Kaydet 2 DVD Set with 2 flight manuals Cold War, Hot War: Boomers, Carriers, ASW & Lasers & more – The Post World War 2 US Navy on High Alert
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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 Navy Stearman N2s Kaydet primary flight trainer taken during World War 2. Navy Ships
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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.
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!

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

Record Breaker: The B-58 Hustler Story Volume 2 P-51 Mustangs Go To War DVD The Grumman F6F Hellcat DVD
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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. World War 2 photos of North American P-51D Mustangs. Photo of a Grumman F6F Hellcat fighter operating from the deck of the carrier USS Lexington during World War 2.
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.
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
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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