Web Videos: P-38s, WW2 X-Planes, Superforts, Kamikaze Attacks, B-26 Marauders & Patton's Tankers

Zeno's Warbird Video Drive-In Big November 2010 Newsletter
Hello Scale Modelers --
Veteran's Day is this Thursday, November 11th, in the USA and
Remembrance Day in Canada and the Commonwealth countries. I know our
fans will take time this week to honor our veteran's service.
You are invited to drop by Zeno's Warbird Video Drive-In
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month, we're showing a feature length premier, "The 10th Armored
Division in World War 2," and five WW2 aviation classics. As always,
all of the videos showing on our web site are for your free viewing
pleasure.
Now showing At the Matinee at Zeno's Drive-In
=93Profile of a World War 2 Test Pilot=94 This film was developed at the
Army Air Corp's top secret Wright Field flight test facility during
World War 2 to give pilots the lowdown on what to expect if they
joined the aircraft testing program. There's a trove of vintage info
about flight testing, including climb, level flight, take off and
landing, test instruments, and pilot responsibilities. You also get a
look behind the curtain at Wright Field at some of the rarest and most
bizarre aircraft produced during World War II, including one-off
prototypes. You'll see a Bell P-63 King Cobra doing aerobatics spin &
stall tests, a Bell P-59 Airacomet jet fighter, a Plat-LePage XR-1A
twin rotor helicopter, a tiny Bell XP-77 fighter, a Curtiss XP-60C
with contra-rotating props, a weird hybrid B24/B-17, a beautiful 20-mm
canon equipped test P-51A from the first Mustang production run,
captured enemy aircraft and more. This film is a real gem and
beautifully preserved. (You can also see it full screen on our X
Planes & Test Pilots DVD.)
=93The 10th Armored Division in World War 2=94 NEW Premier U.S. Army
Documentary. The 10th Armored Division served with distinction with
George Patton's 3rd Army from the Fall of 1944 through the final
defeat of Germany. Combines excellent film footage and comprehensive
maps with in depth interviews with key personnel from Commanding
General William H.H. Morris down the chain of command to front line
NCOs. The 10th entered the fierce fighting in France near the fortress
of Metz in November 1944. In December they hurried North to counter
the German thrust in the Battle of the Bulge, covering Third Army's
right flank. The 10th's Combat Command B was one of the units
surrounded with the 101st Airborne in defense of the critical road
junction of Bastogne. 101st Commander General Anthony McAuliffe pays
tribute to the pivotal (and under reported) contribution of 10th CCB
in the defense of Bastogne and you'll hear an account of the action
from CCB Commander, Col. William L. Roberts. After Bastogne 10th
Armored played a key roll in pushing German forces back and then
driving across the Siegfried line and into the heavily fortified city
of Trier. The 10th fought it's way across Germany in a series of tough
engagements against die hard opposition, thrusting its way to
Innsbruck, Austria by VE Day. (See it full screen on our new Armored
Attack DVD.)
=93Back Door Gang P-38s - 430th FS Color Scrapbook=94 (Color) Drive-In
Exclusive Original 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 P-38 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. (You can also see it full screen on our P-38
Lightnings Go to War DVD.)
=93White Tailed Marauders -The 323rd Bomb Group and their B-26s=94 -
Exclusive Original Production - 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. Where possible, individual aircraft and their crews are
identified. Special treats include escorting P-38s and a round trip
mission. A must for Marauder fans everywhere. (See it full screen on
our Martin B-26 Marauders Go To War DVD.)
=93The Fleet That Came to Stay: Kamikazes Attack Off Okinawa.=94 In March,
1945, the US Army, Navy and Marines, with the support of the British
Pacific Fleet, launched "Operation Iceberg" against the Japanese
Island of Okinawa, a key stepping stone for the invasion of the home
islands. US troops landed successfully, leading to one of the
bloodiest land battles in world War II. In response over the next tree
months, the Japanese launched a series of terrifying kamikaze suicide
aircraft attacks from land bases only 350 miles away against the
screening Allied naval forces. The Japanese flew 1,900 sorties,
sinking dozens of Allied ships and killing more than 5,000 U.S.
sailors at the cost of 1,465 kamikaze planes. 2,200 other Japanese and
763 U.S. aircraft were also destroyed during the battle. Although no
major warships were lost, several fleet carriers were severely damaged
and knocked out of action. "The Fleet that came to stay" tells the
high tension story of the defense of the landing beaches with some of
the most exciting and dramatic air combat footage to come out of World
War II. You'll see nonstop action including determined Kamikaze
attacks through a forest of FLAK, extensive gun camera film taken from
US carrier planes defending the ships, and exciting air to ground
attacks as Admiral Mitcher's planes struck back at Japanese air
bases.
=93The Last Bomb=94 (Color) vividly documents an almost forgotten chapter
of World War II: the long range B-29 "Superfortress" bombing raids on
Japan. Launched from hard won Pacific islands, these missions were
over 3,000 miles round trip and could take 12 hours or more to
complete. You'll see the huge B-29 bases that were carved out on Guam,
Tinian and Saipan. Rare late war Technicolor film, shot by combat
camera men, documents all aspects of a XXI Bomber Command daylight
strike carried out at just 12,000' (!) on Tokyo in 1945. The mission
is covered from planning by General Curtis LeMay and his staff,
through fighter action and "bombs away," to final touch down. You'll
also see spectacular color gun camera footage taken by escorting P-51
Mustangs, based on Iwo Jima. They ranged over southern Japan, seeking
targets of opportunity in the air and on the deck. These P-51 sorties
were among the longest and riskiest missions undertaken by any
fighters during World War II. Just imagine -- flying thousands of
miles over trackless ocean in a single engine ship to take on the
enemy over their territory! Academy Award nominee in 1945.
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!
Keep Em Flying!
Zeno
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