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Now Playing - January Features
USAF Air Action in the S.W. Pacific & Burma NEW!
Hap Arnolds AAF Report 1944
P-47 Thunderbolt "Flying Folly" Part 2
Japanese News:Sinking the Prince of Wales
& Singapore Surrenders
U.S Navy Jet Fighter Tactics
"Chopper Pilot" Helicopter Training
Operating the BAR
X-15 Report 1961
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These films were produced by Army Air Force Combat Camera Units (AAFCCUs) on all fronts and were shown only to Allied Armed Forces personnel. Cameramen road along on missions documenting them as they happened, giving a unique record of aircraft and crews, much of which you won't see anywhere else. The opening film shows a series of strikes by A-20s, B-24s and B-25s, escorted by P-38s on Japanese shipping North of New Guinea and the harbors at Wewak & Hansa Bay. Highlights include very low level runs by A-20s and B-25s with in cockpit views. The sound track from part of this sequence has been lost, but I was able to add appropriate special effects & supplementary graphics for a realistic recreation. This is followed by a series of high quality newsreels showing B-24 & B-25 missions to Rabaul and Rangoon.
The AAF Report
Hap Arnold reports on worldwide US Air Force operations -1944
The AAF Report is an in depth film presentation on the state of the Army Air Force prepared by the Office of Strategic Services (forerunner to the C.I.A.) and delivered to the American people by Air Force C-in-C General Hap Arnold in early 1944. We know of no better picture of the organization and operation of the US Air Force in the midst of World War 2. You'll take a tour of all of all 15 "Air Forces" in operation at the time, spread around the World, from the 5th in the South Pacific to the 8th in the U.K. to the 15th in the Mediterranean to the 14th in China and many more.

P-47 Thunderbolt "Flying Folly" Pilot Safety Training (Part 2 1943)

This film series, produced by the U.S. Army Air Force, was shown to training instructors to prevent "avoidable" accidents during advanced P-47 flight school. his is Part 2 in the series and covers: Retracting landing gear on the ground; Improper tank selection leading to gasoline starvation; Colliding with a towed target; Flying too low under a low ceiling & crashing into the water, and Overshooting the runway.
In Japanese with English explanatory text added by me. (I restored this video.) First film shows the sinking of the British battleship Prince of Wales and battle cruiser Repulse by Japanese bombers. It's a mixture of real film footage and recreated special effects, typical of World War 2 Japanese documentaries. The second film shows the surrender of Allied forces in Singapore.
US Navy Jet Fighter Tactics
A fascinating look at US Navy carrier jet aircraft tactics in the 'guns only' Korean War era. I did digital image and audio restoration on this video. "Aerial Tactics: High Speed, High Altitude Flight Problems" was produced by the Navy Department during the Korean War. This unique film is compelling for two reasons. First, it features truly outstanding color footage of McDonnell F2H-2 Banshee & Grumman F9F Panther fighters operating singly and in squadron formation, dancing agilely among towering cumulus clouds and flying off carriers. Second, it opens a fascinating window on US Navy carrier launched fighter operations and tactics at the time of the Korean War.
The Vietnam War produced an unprecedented demand for trained helicopter pilots & crew. Starting with basic classroom work on aerodynamics, engineering & more at Fort Walters Training Center, promising students soon move on to to basic flight school with a civilian contractor pilot in the minuscule TH 155 trainer to learn basic flight controls & helicopter handling and then on to their first solo flight. Then a veteran military instructor takes over to teach them advances skills, including low level cross country flying, navigation, formation flying and recon work. Those that pass the test move on to the even bigger training facility at Ft. Rucker, Alabama for advanced training on the larger TH13T, including instruments, ADF and GCa. The next step up is to the ubiquitous Huey UH1, basically no different than the ones they'll fly in Vietnam or Europe.
Operating the Browning Automatic Rifle "The BAR"
The BAR is one of the legendary weapons of the Twentieth Century. First introduced at the end of World War I, it served in all theaters of World War II, was widely used in Korea and was not fully phased out of the US arsenal until the 1970s. Used as both an automatic rifle and light machine gun, it added extra punch down to the squad level, where every man was trained in its use just in case "the BAR man" was put out of action. This film gives a through introduction to the operation of the BAR, including operational features, magazines and tripods, and a detailed strip down using live action and animated illustrations.
X-15 Rocket Plane Program Report 1961
The X-15 program really takes off in a record breaking year with Joe Walker, Scott Crossfield, Niel Armstrong and other legendary test pilots at the controls, soaring past Mach 3. Two planes were used for flight and engine testing -- there's an amazing scene of a walk away explosion. Remarkable color footage of the series of test flights and a couple of wonderful post mission debriefings by Scott Crossfield.
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