Online Videos: Midway, P-47s Attack, Bazookas & B-58s On the Deck

Zeno=92s Warbird Video Drive-In July 2009, 12th Anniversary Newsletter
You are invited to drop by Zeno=92s Drive-In
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and check out this month=92s pulse pounding lineup of five World War II
aircraft & combat videos playing live on line. This July 15th marks
the 12th anniversary of the opening of the Drive-In and we're
commemorating it with three Premieres!
Every film at Zeno's Drive-in is showing for free, as they all have
since we opened our virtual doors to more than 4 million visitors 12
years ago.
Now playing "At the Matinee"
John Ford's "The Battle of Midway" Academy Award Winner- Premiere!
Digitally restored.
Directed by four time Oscar Winner John, this stirring documentary was
shot during the intense June 4th Japanese carrier plane attacks on
Midway Island and by Navy combat cameramen aboard the USS Yorktown
during the epic carrier battle, along with color gun camera film of
air to air and air to sea combat. Highlights include memorable scenes
from the Marine base on Midway, B-17s leaving to attack the Japanese
fleet, patrolling PBYs, action packed Japanese attacks on the Yorktown
and Midway, and up close shots of the Yorktown's squadron VF3 and
their F4F Wild Cats, including aces John S. "Jimmy' Thach ("The Thach
Weave") and Lt. E. Scott McCluskey. And it wouldn't be a John Ford
movie without some of the most vivid combat cinematography you have
ever seen, a touching and dramatic score by nine time Oscar winner
Alfred Newman, and some folksy narration by Henry Fonda.
The 362nd Fighter Group: On the Prowl Over Germany Exclusive
This video contains some of the most exciting color air action
sequences to come out of World War II. Select 362nd Fighter Group P-47
Thunderbolt fighter/bombers were especially equipped with extra color
movie cameras to capture thrilling ground and air attacks as they
happened. These squadrons were tasked with striking targets inside
Nazi Germany as the war against the Third Reich entered it's final act
in Spring, 1945. The result is unique from the cockpit views putting
you in the middle of attacks on tanks, airfields, trucks, rail yards,
bridges, trains, fighters, and more. You'll even see antiaircraft fire
arcing up from the ground, bursting around the big Thunderbolts as
they make their low level strikes. You'll see 362nd CO Col. Joe
Laughlin and the pilots and crews of the 377th, 378th and 379th
Fighter Squadrons and their aircraft in living color. As an added
bonus, there's rare color footage of Operation Varsity, the airborne
assault across the Rhine
Mastering the Bazooka Rocket Launcher =96 Premiere
The Bazooka was a revolutionary and extremely influential weapon that
combined a man portable "stove pipe" rocket launcher, pioneered by Dr.
Robert Godard, with a shaped charge (HEAT) warhead, originally
developed by Swiss immigrant Henry Mohaupt for the US War Department
in the 1930s. As you'll see, shaped charges focused a superheated
penetrating jet of gas whose effect on armored targets was far out of
proportion to it's relatively small size. The Bazooka put this awesome
destructive power in the hands of a single soldier with a range of
hundreds of yards. When fired from the battery powered M1 launcher,
the original M6 Rocket, introduced in 1940, could penetrate 4'' of
steel armor, making it useful not only against tanks and armored
vehicles, but also against pill boxes, walls, bunkers etc., with a
range that far exceeded the capability of contemporary weapons like
grenade launchers. You'll learn how to calculate range, fire from
different positions, arm the rocket and ready the launcher for firing,
set up remotely detonated launches using buried tubes, skip firing,
leading the target and more.
58 Hustler: Low Altitude Bombing Capability - Premiere!
See a simulated low level, long range B-58 Hustler attack launched
from Carswell AFB in Texas against Edwards AFB in California that
demonstrates the Hustler's outstanding ability to slip in under enemy
radar at phenomenal speeds. Much of the mission is flown at up to 700
mph at on-the-deck altitudes. Down low, the B-58's delta wing
exhibited exceptional handling characteristics. You'll see sensational
from-the-cockpit views of the Hustler booming along over mountains and
prairie. This film is all the more amazing because the supersonic B-58
is pre "fly by wire" and is operating without the benefit of the
ground hugging radar that made its appearance in the next generation
of fast bombers.
Clark Gable's "Combat America" -- a Drive-In Classic
This warm hearted documentary was produced, written, directed, and
narrated by movie star Clark Gable while he was on assignment with the
8th Air Force, developing a gunnery training film. Though it contains
plenty of combat footage and doesn't flinch in showing the high cost
of war in the air, in many ways, it's more of a warm home movie than a
hard bitten, wartime "information" film. Gable chronicles the
experiences of the men of the 351 Bombardment Group from the cool
early morning mists of Colorado to the frigid skies over Germany. His
affection and admiration for these men comes through loud and clear.
This film is like a Kodachrome album out of the past, giving us
snapshots of life on a front line air base in 1943.
If you haven=92t stopped by Zeno=92s Drive-In before, we also feature
1940-45 vintage WWII Army & Navy films and pilot=92s 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! =96 Alert! There=92s been an F-86 sighted over Zeno=92s Drive-In!
That=92s over 14 hours of rockin=92 World War II props & jets for free
viewing over the Internet!
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