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Record Breaker: The B-58 Hustler Story DVD Volume 1

A pilot once said of the Convair B-58, "She looked like she was breaking the sound barrier just sitting on the tarmac." At Mach 2 +, the B-58 wasn't just one of the fastest bombers of her day, she was one of the fastest military planes period.
Great B-58 footage shown in digitally restored video and audio.
* B-58 Bendix Trophy Race 1962 (Color, 20:00, 1962) 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 -- "Operation Heat Rise." The starting gate was Los Angeles, where the Hustler topped up her fuel. Along the way, she slowed briefly again for quick refuels, shown in detail, and reached New York City in just 2 hours & 56 seconds. Then, back to the West Coast, nonstop in 2hrs 15 minutes. The round trip was a total of 4 hours 41 minutes, including refueling, and all three times were transcontinental speed records.
* B-58 Low Altitude Bombing Capability (Color, 10:00, 1962) This is is a simulated low level, long range attack launched from Carswell AFB in Texas against Edwards AFB in California. Much of the mission is flown at 700 mph and above at ground hugging altitude below 500 feet. The B-58 exhibited exceptional handling characteristics. Sensational from-the-cockpit views of the Hustler booming along over mountains and prairie.
* The Bleriot Trophy (Color, 15:00, 1962) In 1930 the French aviation pioneer established a prize for the first aircraft to average over 2,000 kph for thirty minutes-- the Louis Bleriot Speed Trophy. For 30 years, that prize lay unclaimed by any aircraft. See how B-58 Hustler "Firefly," commanded by Major Elmer E Murphy, flying near Edwards AFB in May 1961, took the prize.
* Champion of Champions (Color, 30:00, 1962) 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. General Stewart walks you through the Hustler's virtues and reviews the many records she claimed in a memorable discussion.
* Convair B-58A "Hustler" Flight Manual (268 pages with color Illustrations) See B-58 detailed operating instructions, cockpit photos, systems diagrams, flight characteristics, emergency procedures and much, much more in Adobe acrobat .pdf file format.
* Convair B-58A "Hustler" Flight Manual Performance Data (206 pages) This is the complete B-58 performance appendix, keyed to the Flight Manual, including detailed charts and data for range, take off & landing, climb & more in Adobe acrobat .pdf file format.

Record Breaker: The B-58 Hustler Story DVD Volume 2
More great B-58 Hustler color footage shown in digitally restored video and audio.
* B-58 Hustler First Test Flight (Color, 18:00, 1956) On Veterans Day, Nov 11th, 1956 Convair's revolutionary delta wing B-58 "Hustler" supersonic bomber took to the skies for the first time, piloted by B. A, Ericson, who had also flown the first test flight of the company's giant B-36 "Peacemaker" intercontinental bomber, several of which can be seen in the background. You'll see both the low and high speed taxi testing, including front wheel lift off, that proceeded the B-58's first flight, delivering excellent footage of the silvery prototype from a number of angles.The first flight takes the aircraft to Mach .7 at 20,000' and back down again without a hitch -- and you'll see it all in this memorable color film
* B-58 Hustler: Swift, Capable, Versatile, Operational!
(Color, 13:00,1961) This 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', unique film of a B-58's automatic release of it's weapons pod at Mach 2, at over 50,000'; 43rd Bomb Wing B-58s win SAC's 1960 Combat Competition, defeating 24 other aircraft in both high & low level bombing classifications, and the amazing string of speed and altitude records set at Edwards AFB in January, 1961. Outstanding color B-58 Hustler footage throughout!
* Airplane 11: The First B-58 Trainer
(Color, 6:00,1961) 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 test 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, a tour of the mock up of the converted crew section, and unique in flight footage shot from inside the aircraft. (A TB-58 pilots manual is included on this DVD that shows the details of the conversion.)
* Open Road III: B-58 MITO Tests
(Color, 17:00,1963) 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, while avoiding jet thrust and wing turbulence from preceding aircraft while allowing an adequate safety margin in case an individual plane had to abort. In January, 1963, SAC B-58 units conducted a series of tests to determine optimum MITO for the Hustler for day and night launches, singly and in pairs, with up to a half dozen B-58s queuing up on the flight line. There's some beautiful B-58 take-off footage here, shot from many angles, including overhead helicopter shots of dual launches and afterburners lighting up the night.
* B-58 Ejection System Development
(Color,11:00,1962)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 thesolutions that were developed over time. Initially, traditional ejection seats were used, but he decision was made early on to evolve to a mini clam shell like ejection "capsule" for each of the three crew members that could survive both rough terrain and water landings. The capsule had to take up no more space than a conventional seat and allow aircraft operation when closed but not ejected during an emergency.You'll see the program from conception through execution.
* Escape and Survive
(Color, 10:00,1963) 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. Among several highlights are the dramatic tests conducted on Hurricane Mesa, Utah. To test ground launch capabilities, a B-58 forward fuselage with crew compartment was put on a rocket sled, tracking toward the edge of the 2,000 foot mesa. Ejection rockets successfully powered the capsules high high over the mesa's edge to descend on the rocks .pdf file format.*
Convair TB-58A "Hustler" Flight Manual
(82 pages) Rare supplementary manual for the TB-58A, the training version of the Hustler with two cockpits in Adobe acrobat.

The F-86/FJ-2 DVD
How to Fly the North American FJ-2 (1953, Color, 35:00)
The FJ-2 was the US Navy's version of the Air Force F-86 Sabre jet. They are identical in almost all respects.
* Part One: Flight Capabilities of the FJ-2 Airplane
* Part Two: FJ-2 Familiarization and Emergency Procedures
See the FJ-2 put through its paces in these comprehensive training film. Includes performance information, flight characterisics, flying tips and info on how to handle tricky emergencies. Excellent views inside the cockpit in color.
*The Fighting 51st (1953, B&W, 34:00)
This revealing documentary was produced by the US Air Force during the Korean War. You'll see members of all sections of the 'Fighting 51st" Fighter Group and their F-86 Sabres in action. The film covers a typical mission, from planning through touchdown. One of the highlights of the film is an address by Francis "Gabby" Gabreski, legendary World War II ace and CO of the 51st in Korea. (He's also shown in the briefing room back in 1944 in "Ramrod to Emden" on our P-47DVD)
* We flew the Mig (1954, B&W,11:00)
In September, 1953, a North Korean defector handed over the first Russian Mig 15 to fall into US hands. This was a momentous occasion because the Mig had proven to be a worthy adversary for the F-86. The Mig was immediately subjected to comprehensive testing. You'll see Chuck Yeagar and other top test pilots putting the Mig through it's paces and hear what they learned, along with a point by point performance comparison with the F-86. Nice footage of the Mig's armaments too.
* "No Sweat" (1953, B&W, 20:00)This film was produced by USAFE, (United States Air Force, Europe) to cut down on costly air accidents resulting from pilot error. Seemingly trivial mistakes sometimes led to SNAFUs -- or worse. You'll follow a pilot through what should be an uneventful hop, but turns into anything but.. The real star of the show is the featured aircraft, an F-86D -- the all weather version -- which is shown in considerable detail.
* North American F-86F pilot's manual (438 pages) See F-86 performance charts, detailed operating instructions, cockpit photos, systems diagrams, weapons operations, flight characteristics and much, much more. Includes complete performance appendix.

Screamin' Banshees: The McDonnell F2H Goes to War

Three exciting films and F2H Banshee Pilot's Handbook

Films on this DVD have received digital color correction and noise reduction restoration. See the difference
* Naval Aerial Tactics featuring the F2H-2 Banshee (1951, Color, 21:00) Produced by the Navy Department during the Korean War, this unique film is compelling today for two reasons. First, it features truly outstanding color footage of F2H-2 Banshee fighters operating singly and in squadron formation, dancing agilely among towering cumulus clouds. Second, it opens a fascinating window on US Navy carrier launched fighter operations and tactics at the time of the Korean War. The film addresses three main "problems"in areal tactics: intercept, escort and attack, and defense. Using a combination of live action and animation, you'll learn about how to optimize your approach angle for a minimum deflection gun shot when intercepting an intruding bomber (no air-to-air missiles yet!), various squadron formations to suit differencing tactical situations, effective combat air patrol operations for carrier protection, options for escorting bombers to targets, optimizing fuel consumption in various operations, working effectively with carrier air controllers, carrier approach and landings, tactics for attacking enemy formations, and how to avoid stalls during combat, are just some of the subjects covered in this information packed film. We give it our highest rating for combat aircraft fans everywhere!
* Meet the McDonnell F2H
(1948, B&W, 14;00) Produced by McDonnell aircraft, this film served as an introduction to their newest jet, the FH2, and details it's numerous improvements over the companies first jet fighter, the FH-1 Phantom. You'll get a walk-around of the aircraft and see her doing spectacular aerobatics. Then you'll get a look inside the McDonnell assembly line to see FH2 construction and inside a Westinghouse engine plant to see production and testing of her compact yet powerful J34 axial flow turbojets. Finally, you'll see her high and low speed performance capabilities, including mock carrier landings and outstanding single engine performance.
* Carrier Action Off Korea
(1954, B&W 14:00) Operating strategically off the Korean coast from the first to last days of the Korean conflict, aircraft flying off the highly mobile, invulnerable carriers of the US 7th Fleet provided an irreplaceable component in United Nations force's offensive and defensive operations. This film, produced by the Department of the Navy, gives an historical summary of the role played by carrier forces as told through dramatic, first person documentary footage of carrier operations and gun camera film. You'll see McDonnell F2H Banshees, Grumman F9F Panthers, Douglas AD-1 Sky Raiders and World War II vintage Vought F4Us on the deck, in the air, and pounding targets. Carrier crews function like well oiled machines to service and re-arm aircraft. You'll see exciting attacks on Yalu River bridges, trains, convoys, power plants, Air Group 19 Sky Raiders unique torpedo attack on the flood gates of the Hwachon Resevoir and much more. Non stop action!
* 44 page McDonnell FH2-1 "Pilots Handbook"
in Adobe Acrobat .pdf file format with text and two color illustrations, including flight and systems controls, fuel and electrical systems, operating instructions, takeoffs and landings, dives, flight characteristics, gun site controls, emergency procedures, operating charts, tables and diagrams and much more.

B-52 Superfortresses Go to War
Producer's Note: The image quality of these unique films is only fair, but still very 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.
* 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
The Boeing B-47 Stratojet
The Ultimate B-47 Resource!
* Stratojet: Meet Your Boeing B-47 (Color, 1955, 30:00) Exclusive Color Correction You'll see the design, development, and manufacturing of the B-47. Then you'll follow a crew from SAC's McConnell Air Force Base (3250th Combat Crew Training Wing) on a training mission that simulates a night attack on a target in the US. There are some great shots of the Stratojet on the ground and in the air, including night air refueling. You'll also hear crew dialog as they work through various procedures during the bomb run.
* B-47 Combat Maneuvers
(Color, 1955, 20:00) Exclusive Color Correction In 1954 the Air Force conducted a series of maneuver tests that showcased the B-47's outstanding agility. Theses tests were specifically designed to explore the B-47s ability to “toss bomb.” The aircraft would approach the target low and at high speed, pull up sharply, open bomb bay doors, use momentum to literally fling the bomb towards the target and then execute the rest of a half loop Immelman turn so that they were flying back in the opposite direction at the top of the loop. This maneuver allowed the bomber to drop nuclear and high explosive weapons at low altitudes without danger of blast damage or flying directly over heavily defended targets. Seeing the big, sleek B-47 execute this maneuver (and barrel rolls too!) is truly memorable. Cameras located all over the aircraft give unique views during the test flights.
* Boeing B-47A "Stratojet" Flight Handbook (92 pages with color Illustrations) See B-47A (the original production model) detailed operating instructions, cockpit photos, systems diagrams, flight characteristics, emergency procedures and much, more in Adobe acrobat .pdf file format
* Boeing TB-478B "Stratojet" Flight Manual (780 pages with color illustrations) Flight Manual for the TB-47B, the training version of the B-47B. In addition to flight procedures. Includes the complete performance Adobe Acrobat .pdf file format

Republic F-105 Thunderchiefs Go to War DVD Three color films and F-105 Fighter/Bomber Flight Handbook
* There is a Way: The 421st Squadron Fighting Cavaliers and their F-105 Thunderchiefs. (Color, 1966, 55:00) Digitally restored color Without doubt this is the best documentary showing an Air Force unit from the Vietnam War. Filmed in November, 1966, this up close and personal look at the 421st Sq, 388th TFW has everything from exciting footage of a bombing raid on Hanoi, dodging SAMs and fighting Migs, to feverish overnight activity to repair and rearm the big "Thuds"at their base at Korat, Thailand. Best of all, its told through spontaneous interviews and open mics that capture air combat radio chatter, after mission pilot stories, and conversations with everyone from the base commander to pilots and mechanics. You'll see mission briefings and after action intelligence debriefings. Veteran pilots coach newbies on fighter tactics. The maintenance chief talks about the Thuds reliability. A pilot's best day: knocking out four SAM sites on a "Wild Weasel" mission. The squadron gets together after hours to celebrate a young Lieutenant's 100th mission. An amazing time capsule!
* The Twenty Five Hour Day: A story of Air Force F-105s
(Color, 1967, 28:00) This film, produced by Fairchild-Hiller-Republic for the US Air Force, offers a unique look inside F-105 “Thunderchief” fighter-bomber operations when the air campaign against North Vietnamese supply lines was ramping up into to high gear. Secretary of State Robert McNamara gives the broad outline of the Thud's primary mission in a series of strategic briefings: to strangle the Ho Chi Minh Trail, the strategic supply line from North to South Vietnam, through Cambodia and Laos, that was showing a quantum increase in activity and importance. You'll see exciting color footage of F-105s and other aircraft hitting bridges, supply depots convoys and other key targets along the Trail, and carrying out tactical operations in the South in conjunction with air mobile units. You'll see F -105 mission briefings, base operations, midair refueling, maintenance, and up close scenes of everyday pilot life on an extremely active forward base, working “Twenty-Five Hour Days.”
* Faces of Rescue
Color,1967, 25:00) F-105 flight leader Lt. James Devoss tells the dramatic story of his rescue from enemy held territory. You'll hear the story of his mission from takeoff to pickup by a "Jolly Green Giant" after being shot down, including actual footage of his rescue. You'll also see all aspects of "search and rescue" operation that saved so many lives in Vietnam. *
* Flight Manual for the USAF Series F-105 Series D, F and G 'Thunderchief” all-weather fighter bombe
Over 800 pages of information in Adobe Acrobat,pdf file format on normal and emergency flight procedures, operating limitations, flight characteristics and the full performance index. You'll see detailed info on all control panels, instruments, fuel, hydraulic, electronic, computer, radar, ejection, communications, engine, weapons systems and much more. Charts, diagrams, indexes in black and white and color. “Everything you ever wanted to know about the Thud!” Zeno

X-Planes and Test Pilots (Sound & Video Digitally Restored)

* Profile of a Flight Test Pilot (1945, B&W, 30:00) This film was developed by personnel at the Army Air Corps top secret Wright Field flight test facility during World War 2 to give pilots the low down on what to expect if they joined their aircraft testing program. As such, the film is both very informative and interesting, with plenty of info about flight testing at that time, including climb, level flight, take off and landing, test instruments, and pilot responsabilities. 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. You'll see a Bell P-63 Kingcobra doing aerobatic spin & stall tests, a Bell P-59 Airacomet jet fighter, a Plat-LePage XR-1A twin rotor helicopter, a tiny Bell XP-77 fighter, a Curtiss XP-60C with contra-rotating props, a weird hybrid B24/B-17, a beautiful 20-mm canon equipped test P-51A from the first Mustang production run, captured enemy aircraft,and more. This film is a real gem and beautifully preserved.
* Research Test of Convair Model 7002/XF92A Airplane at U.S. Air Force Test Base Muroc, California (1948, COLOR, 10:00) From the description at the US Air Force Museum web site: "This airplane was the world's first jet aircraft to fly using the radical delta-wing configuration pioneered by Germany's Dr. Alexander Lippisch during the 1930s. The Convair Model 7002 was completed in 1948 as a flying mock-up for the proposed delta wing XP-92 interceptor. (In 1948 the Air Force changed the designation from P for pursuit to F for fighter.) The Model 7002 was designed to investigate delta wing behavior at low and high subsonic speeds. The 7002 was initially powered by an Allison J33-A-23 turbojet engine and later the J33-A-29 turbojet with afterburner. It was formally delivered to the USAF on May 14, 1949, and named the XF-92. It was flown by Air Force test pilots until its nose gear collapsed on landing on Oct. 14, 1953, ending its flying career. With the experience gained from the XF-92 program, Convair was able to win the competition for the "1954 Interceptor" program and to build the successful delta-wing F-102 Only one XF-92A was built; it was delivered to the Air Force Museum in 1969 from the University of the South, Sewanee, Tenn."
This rare color film shows the 7002 being tested by Consolidated (later Convair) in 1948 at the Muroc Test Base in California, (later Edwards Air Force Base). Surely there is no more Godforsaken spot on the face of the Lower 48! 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. Charts shown in the film do a good job of illustrating the many virtues of the 60 degree delta wing.
* X-15 (1959, 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 beautiful color footage of X-15 flights here as well as scenes from support, development and construction. The film also gives background for the X-Plane program, going to the Bell X-1. The purpose built X-15 experimental aircraft broke speed and altitude records almost every time it flew. If ever there was an aircraft where form followed function, the X-15 was it! Fans of the "Right Stuff" will remember that the X-15 arguably entered Space before the astronauts of the Apollo missile program. ("Spam in a can!")
* 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. Two planes are used for flight and engine testing -- there's an amazing scene of a walk away explosion. More remarkable color footage of the series of test flights and a couple of wonderful post mission debriefings by Scott Crossfield.
X-treme Bombers: The Northrop YB-49 "Flying Wing" and the North American XB-70A "Valkyrie" Four films and two flight manuals on one DVD
* Initial Flight of the YB-49 (1948, B&W, 5:15) This film was produced by the US Air Force and Northrop to show the first test flights of the YB-49 Flying Wing at Northrop' s Hawthorne, California facility, introducing it to the American public for the first time. The YB-49 was a redesign of the propeller driven B-35, upgraded with six GE Allison jet engines and various structural design improvements (see the description below for more info). The revolutionary design and almost other worldly, alien spacecraft-like lines of the jet powered Wing are highlighted in this very clean black and white footage. This aircraft is revealingly shown at all angles, including up close on the ground and in flight.
* The Story of the Flying Wing (1949, Color, 24:00) It may be hard to believe today, but Flying Wing's innovative design was often used against it by detractors from competing aircraft companies ("An airplane that doesn't have a tail??!!") So, Northrop Aircraft produced this information film to extol the Wings 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. You'll learn about the role of drag in flight in relation to efficiency in aircraft design, the advantages of a swept wing, the inherent advantages in structural integrity of the Wing design, simplicity and ease of maintenance, the role of center of gravity in tail design and much more.
* XB-70 Valkyrie Flight Test Program (1966, Color, 13:00) 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 in 1964. 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 shown in detail along with the innovative air induction system. On 14 October 1965, the Valkyrie broke the Mach 3 barrier. The extensive use of flight test instrumentation in the program is also discussed.
* XB-70A Valkyrie: Phase One Flight Testing (1966, Color, 26:00) The critical first four flight tests of the XB-70A over 34 days at Edwards AFB are shown in detail culminating in the aircraft's first supersonic flight (with an B-58 Hustler chase plane!). 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." You'll see the unflappable Col White and copilot Col Joe Cotton work the sleek Valkyrie through a series of crtical tests, including landing gear, flaps, flight controls, advanced hydraulic systems, first deployment of the folding wing tips and more. A highlight of the film is a press conference/debriefing by the XB-70 test flight team. As you'll see, there's nothing "routine" about testing a revolutionary and extremely complex aircraft like the XB-70A Valkyrie.
* Flight Handbook for the Northrop YB-49 Airplane (77 pages) See detailed operating instructions, copious illustrations, cockpit photos, systems diagrams, flight characteristics, emergency procedures and much more in Adobe acrobat .pdf file format.
* North American XB-70A "Valkyrie" Flight Manual (380 pages ) See XB70A operating instructions, cockpit photos, systems diagrams, flight characteristics, emergency procedures, performance charts and more in Adobe Acrobat .pdf file format.
The Airstrike Vietnam DVD
Five color films and three F4C-D-E Phantom Fighter Technical Manuals
C 2011 Military Art's Pictures All rights reserved Exclusive -- We "color corrected" these films You can see the difference

* The United States Air Force in Vietnam
(1967,Color,27:00) This wide ranging video covers the rapid expansion of the US Air Force's roll in the Vietnam War in the mid 1960s. Bases are set up at Cam Ran Bay, Phan Rang, Bien Hoa and other sites. A wide range of aircraft are shown in action including F-100 Super Sabres, F4 Phantoms, F-104 Star Fighters, F-102 Delta Daggers, F-105 Thunder Chiefs, A-1 Skyraiders, B-52 and B-57 bombers and more. There's exciting combat footage throughout the film showing air strikes over both South and North Vietnam. Meet the aircraft and the men who flew and maintained them. You'll get a detailed view of the command structure and mission planning, including a look inside revolutionary airborne command and control centers that managed battles thousands of feet above the jungle. Covers vital air transport, SARs, and FAC operations and much more.
* The Twenty Five Hour Day: A story of Air Force F-105s (1966,Color, 28:00) This film, produced by Fairchild-Hiller-Republic for the US Air Force, offers a unique look inside F-105 “Thunderchief” ("The Thud!”) fighter-bomber operations when the air campaign against North Vietnamese supply lines was ramping up into to high gear. Secretary of State Robert McNamara gives the broad outline of the Thud's primary mission in a series of strategic briefings: to strangle the Ho Chi Minh Trail, the strategic supply line from North to South Vietnam, through Cambodia and Laos, that was showing a quantum increase in activity and importance. You'll see exciting color footage of F-105s, F-4s, F-100s and other aircraft hitting bridges, supply depots convoys and other key targets along the Trail, and carrying out tactical operations in the South in conjunction with air mobile units. You'll see F -105 mission briefings, base operations, midair refueling, maintenance, and up close scenes of everyday pilot life on an extremely active forward base, working “Twenty-Five Hour Days.”
* FAC F-100 Supports US Arm
y (1967,Color,4:00) This short film is a real gem. You'll see an Air Force Forward Air Controller (FAC) assigned to the 1st Division, flying a tiny Cessna O-1E “Bird Dog” and operating in conjunction with three F-100 fighter bombers out of Phan Rang and local Army Artillery. Their mission is in support 3rd Brigade operations against VC bases near Lai Khe, 50 miles from Saigon. Specifically, to “prep” an LZ so chopper borne troops could land and conduct offensive operations. You'll see spectacular color footage of the Bird Dog operating in tandem with the F-100s, striking at very low altitudes, followed closely by a Huey assault. The importance of FAC air operations in the Vietnam War cannot be overstated. Pilots flew the equivalent of vulnerable paper airplanes within rifle shot of the enemy to coordinate air and artillery strikes and the rescue of downed pilots.
*Air Power at Khe Sanh
(1967,Color,15:00) During the Spring and Summer of 1967, North Vietnamese commander General Giap targeted III Marine Amphibious Force and South Vietnamese Army units stationed in and around Khe Sanh, in Northwestern Quang Tri province, with 2-3 NVA divisions. His goal was to create a second Dien Bien Phu by destroying the base and dealing the US a psychological knock out blow like he had to the French 13 years before. Khe Sanh was besieged for 77 days by a series of desperate attacks. You'll see dramatic low level airstikes against enemy forces almost on top of besieged US Marines, part of Operation Niagara, the coordinated aerial defense of the base. Marines fight back, despite a devastating enemy artillery barrage. C-130s fly in vital supplies in the face of heavy ground fire. You'll see a revolutionary flying command post coordinating air operations, using the latest high tech equipment to deal heavy blows against enemy troop concentrations that helped neutralize Giap's offensive.
* Tactical Air Power
(1967, Color 20:00) This film, produced by the US Air Force's Military Airlift Command, gives an overview of US tactical air operations and doctrine, circa1967, with an emphasis on the ongoing Vietnam War. You'll see Air Force, Navy, and Marine aircraft, including F4s, F-100s, F105s and conducting dramatic airstrikes and the introduction of the new F-111”swing wing” bomber. C-130 cargo operations are shown in detail, including very low level air drops, resupply under fire and worldwide refugee relief.
* Three F4 Phantom Technical Manuals:
Flight Manual (343 pages), Performance Data Manual (416 pages), and Air Crew Weapons Delivery Manual (Non-Nuclear, 674 pages) for the McDonnell USAF Series F-4 Series C, D, E "Phantom” Aircraft in Adobe Acrobat,pdf file format You'll see detailed info on all control panels, instruments, fuel, hydraulic, electronic, computer, radar, ejection, communications, engine, weapons systems and much more. Charts, diagrams, indexes in black and white and color. “Everything you ever wanted to know about the Phantom!” Zeno

Pilot's manuals are in the popular Adobe Acrobat file format (software included) and are viewable on a computer DVD player.

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