Online Videos: XF-92 Tests, WWII RADAR, African B-24s, Marauders, Tbolts!

Zeno=92s Warbird Video Drive-In February 2009 Newsletter
Hello RC Warbirders ---
You=92re invited to drop by Zeno's Drive-In
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to view this month=92s action packed collection of six memorable
documentary films.
As always, all of our films show for free, for the enjoyment of World
War II aviation fans everywhere.
Now showing =93At the Matinee=94
=93Research Test of Convair Model 7002/XF92A Airplane at U.S. Air Force
Test Base Muroc, California=94
COLOR This airplane was the world's first jet aircraft to fly using
the radical delta-wing configuration pioneered by Germany's Dr.
Alexander Lippisch. This rare color film shows the 7002 being tested
by Consolidated in 1948 at the Muroc Test Base in California. 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. The Convair
Model 7002 was completed in 1948 as a flying mock-up for the proposed
delta wing XP-92 interceptor. The Model 7002 was designed to
investigate delta wing behavior at low and high subsonic speeds. It
was formally delivered to the USAF on May 14, 1949, and named the
"White Tailed Marauders" The 323rd Bomb Group and their B-26s Color
Rare color film of B-26 Marauders in action in the Spring of 1945. See
the 453rd, 454th, 455th, and 455th Bomb Squadrons operating against
Germany from their base in Laon, France. All color footage really
brings this bygone era startlingly back to life. Special treats
include escorting P-38s and a round trip mission. A must for Marauder
fans everywhere!
=93Thunderbolt!=94 A Drive-In favorite COLOR
This exciting film chronicles the exploits of the P-47 Thunderbolt
pilots of the "Fighting Gamecocks" of the 65th Fighter squadron, 57th
Fighter Group. Based on the island of Corsica off the northwest coast
of the Italian boot, they flew from behind the enemy's flank. As part
of "Operation Strangle," they continuously attacked highways, bridges,
ammo dumps, railroads and just about anything that moved to choke off
the flow of supplies to the Axis front line. This film not only
features one-of-a-kind P-47 combat footage, it also shows day-to-day
life on a MTO forward air base, including vintage pilot slang.
=93Hochfrequenz Kriegsf=FChrung=94 (High Frequency Warfare) New! (In
Exclusive We get many requests for World War II military films
produced by the Axis, but other than a few newsreels, they are hard to
find. High Frequency Warfare" was developed by the Luftwaffe to show
the German people how high frequency signals were used in radio
direction finding, signals jamming and radar detection. An attacking
British bomber force is identified, their navigation signals are
jammed, and fighters are vectored to intercept. Radar is employed to
protect convoys in the Mediterranean, and radar jamming is used to
cover the Channel Dash of the Battle cruisers Scharnhorst & Gneisenau
during their escape from Brest. You'll see a working Luftwaffe air
defense control room and contemporary equipment like Lichtenstein
airborne radar." I don't speak German, but I found it pretty easy to
follow the plot. Seeing this film is like having a look inside another
world." Zeno. (If you speak German and have suggestions about this
film description, contact us)
=93Target Invisible=94
Remarkable documentary on how airborne radar was used for navigation
and bombing on B-29 night strikes against Japan. Rare footage of radar
in action on an actual Superfortress mission. This story was so highly
classified, it couldn't be told to the American people until after
Japan surrendered.-
=93The 98th Bomb Group:Liberators Over North Africa=94 Exclusive
This recently discovered footage shows Medal of Honor winner Col. John
R. "Killer " Kane and the men of the 98th Bomb Group in the Summer of
1943, shortly before the heroic, costly Ploesti mission, at their
desert base in Benghasi/Benina, Libya. You'll see legendary B-24s like
'The Vulgar Virgin, "The Sandman," and "War Cloud." Sadly, several of
these ships were filmed here for the last time before they were lost
over Romania. There's an unexpected gem too. Soon after the Axis
surrender in Tunesia, 9th combat cameraman Jim Bray hitched a ride on
a B-24 and filmed all the major North African targets the 98th had hit
from the air, from El Alemein to Tunis. You'll see Tobruk, Tripoli,
Benghazi, Bizerte and more from the air, the way pilots and crew saw
them during the Desert War. And the big Liberator goes in low too so
you can take in sunken warships, clamoring liberty ships unloading
their cargoes, and bombed out harbors that have long since been
rebuilt. This is a priceless time capsule.
If you haven't stopped by Zeno's 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 jet sighted over Zeno=92s
That's over 16 hours of rockin' World War II props for free viewing
over the Internet!
Zeno=92s Warbird Video Drive-In /World War II Aviation Videos.
Celebrating 12 years on the Internet 1997-2009
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player instead. (It=92s what I use.) It will play RealVideo files just
fine, is independently produced, and has none of the vices (adverts
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