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Online Videos: Dive Bombing Mustangs, Memphis Belle, B-29s & more

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Old December 5th 06, 04:24 PM posted to rec.aviation.restoration
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Default Online Videos: Dive Bombing Mustangs, Memphis Belle, B-29s & more

Zeno's Warbird Video Drive-In December 2006 Newsletter

You're invited to drop by Zeno's Drive-In www.zenoswarbirdvideos.com
and take in this month's Holiday Extravaganza of World War 2 plane
videos showing live online.

At the Matinee, we're playing s Quadruple Feature (!). You'll see a
dive bombing Mustang fan favorite in "A Day with the A-36s" (color);
the Drive-In premier of an original color classic in "The Memphis
Belle;" B-29s launch a long distance strike in "Target Tokyo;" and
a ground crew assemble a P-47 in a farmers field using unpowered hand
tools in "Uncrating and Field Assembly of the P-47 Thunderbolt."
Whew - that's a hot lineup for cold weather!

A Day with the A-36s
This unique documentary features very rare color combat footage of an
A-36A "Invader," (ground attack version of the P-51 Mustang)
fighter/bomber squadron in action in Sicily. The A-36A 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. There are dive breaks on the wings
too! You'll also see ground crews doing their critical support work,
including fueling, rearming and maintaining these sleek birds. This
exciting film includes incredible cockpit views of actual ground attack
runs as well as fascinating views of a captured air Italian base. One
of the 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.

The Memphis Belle"
This film chronicles the 25th mission of the Boeing B-17 Memphis Belle,
flying deep into Germany to strike the all important U-boat submarine
pens at Wilhemshaven. This is the original wartime documentary, written
and directed by legendary Academy Award winner William Wyler. If this
film looks and sounds familiar, it's because this is the same
production crew that brought you another wonderful classic,
"Thunderbolt!." (Don't confuse this "original" Memphis Belle with the
well intentionally but flawed Hollywood fluff piece produced in the
1990s.) You'll see Capt. Robert Morgan and the men of the B-17 "Memphis
Belle," 324th Squadron, 91st BG, going about their deadly business in
rare Technicolor footage. The mission shown in the film is both routine
and climactic, because 25 missions completed meant the crew could
rotate out of combat. (Too many never made it to 25 missions. Bomber
losses were high.) It's a measure of both the times and the men who
flew these planes that several of the Belle's crew signed on for more
missions, finishing the War flying B-29s against Japan. See them in
Target Tokyo. (below)

Target Tokyo
Follow the men of the 21st Bomber Command and their B-29 Super
Fortresses from their training base in Grand Island, Nebraska, to the
newly built air base at Saipan and right into the first 3,000 mile raid
on Tokyo. Great up close and personal footage of the lives of air &
ground crews, along with rare B-29 combat film shot on that first big
raid on the Nakajima aircraft plant. Features cameos of crew members of
the famous B-17 "Memphis Belle," who signed up for another tour of duty
to fly B-29s against Japan. Narrated by Ronald Reagan. This film is
especially memorable for it's dramatic use of photo-journalistic style
black and white cinematography. It's as if one of those great photo
essays from a World War II issues of "Life" magazine was put right on
the screen.

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, un-powered 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 buy field
personnel. A must see for P-47 fans and shade tree mechanics alike! One
of my personal favorites!

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 just been a jet aircraft sighting over
Zeno's Drive-In!

That's over 14 hours of rockin' props for free viewing over the
internet. And, we just updated our "Control Tower" page, where
you'll find hundreds of World War II aviation links.

Have a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!

Zeno's Warbird Video Drive-In
World War II Aviation Videos Playing Online 24/7


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