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Boeing B-52 Stratofortresses Go to War DVD
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.
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Boeing B-52 Stratofortresses Go to War
Four films on one DVD
New Addition: Operation Sky Watch
plus 1,100 page B-52 Flight Manual

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B-52 Stratofortresses Go to War
After it became operational in 1955, the B-52 remained the main long-range heavy bomber of the U.S. Air Force during the Cold War, and it continues to be an important part of the USAF bomber force today. Nearly 750 were built before production ended in Oct. 26, 1962; 170 of these were B-52Ds.The B-52 has set numerous records in its many years of service. On Jan. 18, 1957, three B-52Bs completed the first non-stop round-the-world flight by jet aircraft, lasting 45 hours and 19 minutes and requiring only three aerial refuelings. It was also a B-52 that made the first airborne hydrogen bomb drop over Bikini Atoll on May 21, 1956. In June 1965 B-52s entered combat in Southeast Asia. By August 1973, they had flown 126,615 combat sorties with 17 B-52s lost to enemy action. (Courtesy, US Air Force Museum)
Producer's Note: The image quality of these unique films is only fair, but still watchable. Where possible, we have digitally corrected sound and video. We believe you'll agree their outstanding content make them well worth seeing.
B-52: Vietnam - Operations out of U Tapao Air Base, Thailand (Color, 1968, 40:00) 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 1968. You'll see every aspect of the mission from Wing briefing, pre-fight check & takeoff, through the bomb run and final touch down. But this is much more than a typical Air Force information film -- it's more like a home movie. You'll see Capt. Dietrich and his crew relaxing in a grass hut, sipping PBRs at the end of the runway, shooting the bull & watching the big Buffs takeoff. 258th CO, Brigadier General Alex W. Talmant, who flew 100 missions himself, supplies an honest, straight forward narration that stresses empowering junior officers. At MAC V headquarters, Saigon, the officer in charge of "Target Assignments," General Chasaon, gives an informal briefing on the strategic role played by the B-52 in Vietnam, and in an off the cuff "on the street " interview, Army Gen William R. Peers, commander of corps sized I Field Force, delivers high praise assessing the role played by B-52 Arc Light missions in support of ground operations. But the real stars of the film are the men of the 4258th. You'll see them up close, going about their business maintaining and arming the big B-52s along with behind the scenes glimpses of field operations at U-Tapao. Most memorably, you'll ride along with Captain Dietrich and his crew in B-52D 075 on their deadly mission in support of Khe Sahn. This film has a real "you are there" feel to it and is not to be missed.

Operation Sky Watch – Nuclear Armed B-52s on high alert (1962, Color, 30:00) 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, they're sent to a predetermined patrol area near the Arctic Circle. They're on station for 24 hours, ready to attack their targets at a moments notice if they receive an executive order “Go Code,” even before U.S. ICBMs are launched. You'll also meet the rest of Buzz Saw's crew and learn their duties, hear communications with “Crow's Nest,” SAC Headquarters in Omaha, NE, and get a look at their top secret “Big Board,' used to track bombers on station at the top of the World. You'll see readiness training and a step by step simulated of strike mission if the Stratofortress had been ordered to attack, including rare footage of a Quail decoy launch. And just as important, you'll see the layer's of “Fail Safe” procedures employed to guard against an accidental attack.

B-52 Landing Analysis (B&W, 13:00, 1965) This instructional film, produced by the US Air Force, is all about landing the big "Buff." The first part of the film shows an actual B-52 landing, in the cockpit, step-by-step from initial in flight approach through landing & shut down. The second half of the film is a series of "right way-wrong way": B-52 landings (and how to deal with them) shown from cockpit and field level, including "nose high," "nose low," "improper round out," "improper air brake and drag chute application" and more.
* Flight Without a Fin (B&W, 1964, 10:00) 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.. Luckily for us, camera equipped chase planes happened to be along to record the mission. Boeing pilot Richard Curry walks us through the chain of events and explains how he and his crew got the big, finless bird home safely For the benefit of B-52 pilot's who may find them-selves is a similar situation, he discusses the general flight strategy used along with specifics on how to handled the crippled aircraft.
* 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 description of the aircraft, normal and emergency procedures, operating limitations, flight characteristics, systems operations, crew duties, and much more.
Pilot's manual viewable on a computer DVD player. Don't have a DVD player on your computer? We can put the manual on a separate CD-ROM! (Click here for info,)
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