Web Videos: B-29s over North Korea, A-36s,Tommy Guns, Zeros, Gable's B-17s & FAC Bird Dogs

Zeno's Warbird Video Drive-In Big February 2011Newsletter
Hello World War 2 & jet aircraft fans --
You are invited to drop by Zeno's Drive-In
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this month's flight of six exciting aviation & combat documentary
films playing over the Internet. This month, we're showing two new
premiers and four returning aviation classics.
As always, all of the videos showing on our web site are for your free
viewing pleasure. The movies playing at the Matinee are viewable in
both RealVideo and Windows Media Player streaming video formats
Now showing "At the Matinee" at Zeno's Drive-In
"B-29s Over North Korea" NEW! Exclusive release from Military Arts
Pictures. We created this video from a recently released reel of
silent, raw and unedited and undocumented footage shot by the US Air
Force in Korea in August-September, 1950, apparently intended for a
documentary that was never released. The highlight of the film shows
an early morning briefing for 19th Bomb Group (28th, 30th and 98th
Bomb Squadrons) at Kadena Air Base on Okinawa. Reminiscent of scenes
from the World War 2 classic "Target for Today," the briefing is for
mission against the all important rail bridges near Sinanju Station,
North Korea and the port of Nampo, as part of the preparation for the
Inchon landings and the breakout from the Pusan perimeter. Through
careful research, we've been able to reconstruct the briefing and the
mission, including target footage taken at the time, along with
corresponding satellite photos showing the same locations today. And
as a special bonus, we've added "19th BG Color Nose Art Scrap Book," a
collection of remarkable Kodachrome slides taken of 19th BG B-29s by
SSgt. George J. Amthor, an armorer with the 19th BG, 30th Squadron, at
Kadena in 1950-51.
"Clark Gable's Combat America" New restored print. 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 not as well known as
"Memphis Belle," in our opinion this film is easily its match in story
telling, action, and unforgettable color imagery. Gable chronicles the
experiences of the men & B-17s 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.
"A Day with the A-36s" Unique extended color version compiled from
multiple sources. The A-36 was the ground attack variant of the P-51
and was known as "the Invader," "the Mustang" or "the Apache." This is
very rare combat film of an A-36A fighter-bomber squadron in action in
Sicily. The A36A was equipped with the Mustang's original Allison
engine which worked just fine for low level work. Note the quad 20mm
canons on this fast and powerful attack plane, very unusual on an
American fighter. This exciting film includes incredible cockpit views
of screaming ground attack runs as well as fascinating scenes from a
captured Italian air base. 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.
"Mastering the Thompson Submachine Gun: Principles of Operation"
Originally developed as the .45 caliber Trench Broom for close-in
fighting at the end of World War I, no other weapon is more surrounded
by legend and mystique than the Tommy Gun. During World War II, the
Thompson came into its own for its originally intended purpose, making
war along side the US Army and Marine Corps. This is a thorough
explanation of the inner workings of the Thompson delivered through a
live tear down, with supplemental animation. You'll learn how all the
parts function together in this very innovative design.
"Recognition of the Japanese Zero" Lieutenant "Jimmy Saunders" (Ronald
Reagan) learns how to tell a P-40 from a Japanese A6M Zero, the hard
way. (That's a very angry Craig Stevens aka "Peter Gunn" on the
receiving end.) Contains plenty of interesting info about what US
pilots were told about Japan's most produced and feared fighter and
how to spot it. Includes seldom seen footage of a captured Zero doing
spectacular aerobatics.
"Bird Dog FAC for F-100s Supports US Army" his short film is a real
gem. You'll see an Air Force Forward Air Controller (FAC) assigned to
the 1st Division, flying a tiny Cessna O-1E Bird Dog and operating in
conjunction with three F-100 fighter bombers out of Phan Rang and
local Army Artillery. Their mission is in support 3rd Brigade
operations against VC bases near Lai Khe, 50 miles from Saigon, to
prep an LZ so chopper borne troops could land and conduct offensive
operations. You'll see spectacular color footage of the Bird Dog
operating in tandem with the F-100s, striking at very low altitudes,
followed closely by a Huey assault. The importance of FAC operations
in the Vietnam War cannot be overstated.
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!
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Web Videos: B-29s over North Korea, A-36s,Tommy Guns, Zeros, Gable's
B-17s & FAC Bird Dogs
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