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Online Videos: Constructing a P-47, Yeager's Mig, Dive Bombing, WW2 Carrier Action & more

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Old January 8th 08, 04:33 PM posted to rec.aviation.restoration
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Default Online Videos: Constructing a P-47, Yeager's Mig, Dive Bombing, WW2 Carrier Action & more

Zeno's Warbird Video Drive-In January 2008 Newsletter

Hello World War 2 plane fans ---

You're invited to drop by Zeno's Drive-In www.zenoswarbirdvideos.com
to view this month's action packed collection of five WW2 combat
aircraft documentary films playing for free viewing online.

Now showing "At the Matinee"

"We Flew the Mig" 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 North American F-86 Sabre in the skies over Korea. 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.
Attentive Russian fans will no doubt pick up on the fact that some of
the "faults" listed by the US test pilots - like problems with the
heating & defrosting systems -- were malfunctions in this particular
aircraft and not endemic to the Mikoyan bureau's design.

"Uncrating and Field Assembly of the P-47 Thunderbolt" This truly
remarkable step-by-step training film shows how a ground support crew
of fifty men 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. We're talking nothing more than hammers, wrenches and bicycle
pumps! You'll also get a unique look at the inner workings of the big
Jug as it is literally bolted together by field personnel. A must see
for P-47 fans and shade tree mechanics alike!

"Flight Deck Crew Landing & Re-spotting Carrier Aircraft" (Color)
Major air battles in the Pacific in World War II often turned on the
ability of each side to quickly launch, land, rearm & refuel, and then
re-launch their aircraft. This unique film is an unusual look (in
color) at how US Navy carrier flight deck crews were trained to
quickly land, park, fuel & re-arm incoming aircraft. As a bonus,
you'll see GM FM-1 "Wildcats" and Grumman TBF "Avengers" up close,
handled expertly on the tiny deck of a CVE "jeep" escort carrier. An
unscripted, unplanned highlight during the filming was when a TBF came
in too hot and crashed on the flight deck! Fortunately, no one was

"Air Attacks Against Italy: A-36 strikes near Rome, April 1944" More
exciting "from the cockpit" views of A-36 Invader (aka "Apache") dive
bombing & strafing attacks.( The A-36, ground attack version of the
P-51 Mustang, is also featured in our popular "A Day with the A-36s.")
This is a short film, but it's nonstop action! Some of the best
footage of US dive bombing attacks you will find anywhere. Watching
these high speed, precision runs definitely benefits from a broadband
internet connection if you have access to one.

"Target for Today" The 8th Air Force Strikes Germany. This is the
classic World War II documentary of a "maximum effort" US Eighth Air
Force daylight bombing mission deep into Germany. There are no actors
in "Target For Today". This film was shot on location under combat
conditions and features the officers and men of the 8th Air Force
going about their deadly business. All aspects of an actual major raid
in 1943, including a strike on the FW 190 plant at Marienburg, from
early planning through final touch down and crew debriefings are
covered in this very detailed account. There is probably no better
account of the theory, strategy and tactics of an unescorted US Army
Air Force bomber raid in early 1943.. While the film doesn't sugar
coat the cost of these raids, there's no doubt that it also over
states the effectiveness and sustainability of the American bombing
campaign at that time Losses were not sustainable. (The audible moan
from air crew when the targets and bombing altitudes are announced are
all too real.)

If you haven't stopped by Zeno's Drive-In before, we also feature
1940-45 vintage WWII Army & Navy films and pilot's manuals on how to
fly the F4U, F6F, P-38, P-39, P-40, P-47, P-51, P-61, TBF/TBM, AT-6/
SNJ, B-17, B-24, B-25, A-20, A-26, B-26, B-29, and Stearman N2S .
Alert! - Alert! There's been an F-86 jet sighted over Zeno's Drive-In!

That's over 16 hours of rockin' World War II props for free viewing
over the Internet!

Coming soon: A new film that will warm the hearts of P-47 Thunderbolt
fans everywhere!



Zeno's Warbird Video Drive-In /World War II Aviation Videos.
Celebrating 10 years on the Internet http://www.zenoswarbirdvideos.com

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