Online Vids: X-15 Rocket Planes, Fallschirmjeagers, Roaring P-38s, CVs, more

Zeno=92s Warbird Video Drive-In January 2009 Newsletter
Hello RC Warbirders ---
You=92re invited to drop by Zeno's Drive-In
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for this month=92s flight of five exciting World War II combat
documentary films playing over Internet.
Just like the day we opened on July 15, 1997, all the World War II
aircraft videos playing on our site are showing for free, for your
viewing pleasure.
Now showing =93At the Matin=E9e=94
=93X-15 - 1959=94 -- Premier! (Color)This documentary was produced by
North American Aviation to show the development of the X-15 rocket
plane. The legendary test pilot, Scott Crossfield, is at the controls.
The test site is Edwards Air Force Base. There is beautiful color
footage of X-15 flights here as well as scenes from support,
development and construction. The film also gives background for the X-
Plane program, going to the Bell X-1. The purpose built X-15
experimental aircraft broke speed and altitude records almost every
time it flew. If ever there was an aircraft where form followed
function, the X-15 was it! Fans of the "Right Stuff" will remember
that the X-15 arguably entered Space before the astronauts of the
Apollo missile program. ("Spam in a can!")
=93Sky Blitz: The German Airborne Invasion of Holland.=94 Premier - In
German with English translation and commentary. The US Army turned
this German documentary into a training tool. That's because it's a
text book case of the effective use of airborne troops and was
influential on future Allied air operations. This dramatic, action
filled film is composed of actual combat footage that focuses on the
capture and securing of a strategic lynch pin in the defense of
fortress Holland, the massive Moerdijk rail and highway bridges.
You'll see crack "Fallschirmjeager" troops seize the bridge intact
before it can be blown by the Dutch. Useful maps portray tactical
operations. Lumbering JU-52 transports hedgehopping over the Dutch
countryside has to be seen to be believed.
=93The Back Door Gang P-38s: 430th FS Color Scrapbook=94 =96 Exclusive
Production! Newly discovered color film of the 430th FS, 474th FG, 9th
Air Force. From the get go, the 474th was configured as a ground
attack unit, but they also provided bomber escort and level bombing,
led by Norden equipped "Droop Snoops." One of three P-38 squadrons in
the 474th, the 430th's call sign was "Back Door," and its planes and
pilots are featured in the film in the Spring of 1945 at their base in
Florennes, Belgium, a former Luftwaffe Night Fighter base. You'll see
intense (and rare) color gun camera film showing strafing attacks
inside Germany, as well as color footage of B-26s and a P-61 Black
Widow. Perhaps most memorable are the all too brief, silent portraits
of the men who flew those dangerous missions. It's amazing how color
film brings 60+ year old images to life.
=93Flight Deck Crew: Landing & Re-spotting Carrier Aircraft=94 (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
hurt.
=93A Day with the A-36s=94 =96 (Color) This unique documentary features ver=
y
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.
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 Drive-In=
!
That's over 16 hours of rockin' World War II props for free viewing
over the Internet!
Check Six!!
Zeno
Zeno=92s Warbird Video Drive-In /World War II Aviation Videos.
Celebrating 11 years on the Internet 1997-2008
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PS, If you have any concerns about using the RealNetworks RealPlayer
to watch our videos, I recommend using the =93RealAlternative=94 media
player instead. (It's what I use.) It will play RealVideo files just
fine, is independently produced, a small download, and has none of the
purported vices of RealNetwork=92s RealPlayer. You can download the
RealAlternative player here:
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