Online Videos: B-58 MITO Tests, Luftwaffe Night Fighters, WW2 CV Action, B-17s to Russia

Zeno's Warbird Video Drive-In Big March 2010 Newsletter
Hello World War 2 & jet aircraft fans. You're invited to drop by
Zeno's Drive-In
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this month's sortie of five exciting aviation documentary films
playing over the Internet. This month we have two Premiers and all
five films have been remastered for better web streaming.
As always, all of the videos showing on our web site are for your free
viewing pleasure. The movies playing at the Matinee are now viewable
in both RealVideo and Windows Media streaming video formats.
Now showing "At the Matinee" at Zeno's Drive-In
"B-58 Hustler MITO Tests" NEW During the depths of the Cold War, SAC
bombers had only 15 to 20-minutes to get airborne after the launch of
enemy missiles. Getting US air forces on their way quickly and
efficiently was essential for survivability, striking power and
deterrence. A critical element 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. In
January, 1963, SAC B-58 units conducted a series of tests to determine
optimum MITO for the B-58 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.
"Die Deutsche Wachenshau Captured German Newsreels NEW German combat
cameramen were celebrities for a good reason. Supplementary text in
English has been added, but the pictures tell the story. A unique
collection of seldom seen World War 2 combat footage, often in very
good to excellent condition, that shows events as they happened. Some
highlights: Rommel visits the 21st Panzer Division (with many shots
of armored vehicles) and Pips Priller's JG 26 fighter squadron in
France. Daily life on a Luftwaffe night fighter base including leading
Aces Leopold Fellerer (41) & Prinz zu Sayn-Wittentgenstein (83). The
Wehrmacht prepares fortifications for the Allied invasion of Italy.
German FLAK units and Italian Macchi C.202 Folgore fighters oppose
Allied air attacks in Italy. Luftwaffe pilots take a ski vacation.
German mountain troops prepare defenses in the snow covered in the
Abruzzi mountains.
"The Fighting Lady" A new color corrected color print from the
National Archives really brings this film to life! "The Fighting Lady"
follows the fictional career of an Essex Class aircraft carrier from
the Marcus Islands campaign, through Tinian, Truk, the "Mariana's
Turkey Shoot" and much more. All of the footage shown in this
fascinating composite documentary is real -- shot by combat cameramen
on board ship and in the air, showing actual Navy and Marine pilots
and crewmen up close and personal. ("The Fighting Lady was actually
the nickname given to the Yorktowns, CV-5 & CV-10.) You'll see
dramatic action showing Hellcats, Hell Divers, Corsairs on deck and in
the air, including exciting dive bombing, anti-aircraft, and gun
camera footage and some amazing walkaway crash landings. And there's a
fascinating tour below decks too. But most memorably, you'll see the
faces of the officers and enlisted men of the "Fighting Lady" at work
and at rest, making it all possible. Powerfully narrated by Hollywood
legend Lt. Robert Taylor and directed by Academy Award winner William
Wyler.
"Operation Titanic" The problem: key Axis strategic assets were
located so deep in Eastern Europe that they either could not be
reached by Allied bombers or involved a lengthy round trip that
exposed aircraft to heavy German attacks. The solution was Operation
Titanic, aka "Operation Frantic Joe," one of the most audacious and
least known strategic operations of the war. During the Tehran
Conference in 1943, the Americans, British and Russians finalized
plans for a shuttle bombing campaign. U.S. 15 Air Force bombers and
fighters based in Italy would bomb targets in the East, land in
Russia, refuel & rearm, and then hit another target on the way back.
8th Air Force bombers based in the UK did the same. The Soviets
provided three bases in the Ukraine; heavy bombers at Poltava and
Mirgorod and the fighters at Piryatin. The US provided material to
substantially upgrade them. This film tells that story.
"Bombers Over North Africa" We return this month to operations in
Africa. This is a rare look at early war US Air Operations based in
Algeria. B-25 and B-17 bombers of the 321st and 97th Bomb Groups
hammering Axis forces Tunisia. Part of the "North West African
Strategic Air Force," these groups were initially tasked with
preventing men and material from reaching the Afrika Korps, and later
with stopping them from escaping. The missions for the day in this
film were to strike from bases in Algeria at the junction at Manouba,
near Tunis, and the air field at Sidi Ahmed, near Bizerte, where a
large number of valuable JU 52 transports were based, a key element in
German evacuation plans. The film features an introduction by the
theater commander, then 4 star General, Dwight Eisenhower and an
afterword by Air Operations Commanding General "Jimmy" Doolittle.
Perhaps most memorably, this film is notable for it's extended "up
close and personal" look at the men of the 97th & 321st BGs. You'll
see real pre mission and after action debriefing sessions with the men
who flew them, including a B-17 crew's account of an FW 190 shoot down
and the water ditching of a heavily damaged B-25.
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! - don't miss the F-86 & B-58!
Free admission for all. That's over 14 hours of rockin' World War II
props & jets for free viewing over the Internet!
Zeno
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