Web Videos: Saipan B-29s,Carrier Deck Crews,P-38s,New Britain Attack,Gable & the X-15

September 10th, 2010  

Topic: Web Videos: Saipan B-29s,Carrier Deck Crews,P-38s,New Britain Attack,Gable & the X-15

Zeno's Warbird Video Drive-In Big September 2010 Newsletter

Hello World War 2 & jet aircraft fans --

You are invited to drop by Zeno's Drive-In http://www.zenoswarbirdvideos.com/ This month we're showing two premiers and four returning 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

"Saipan Superfortresses" (Restored Color) A Drive-In Exclusive Production - This recently discovered footage shows the 73rd Bomb Wing, based on the island of Saipan in the Marianas, operating against Japan in early 1945. You'll see B-29 pilots & crews on R&R and on mission in their magnificent Superfortresses. The fates of many of the B-29s seen in this picture are documented during the film. Some made the ultimate sacrifice. "The "maximum effort" take-off scene is an awe inspiring combination of 18 cylinder engine roar and a musical score that's guaranteed to raise goose bumps.

"X-15 1961 Annual Report " (Restored Color) 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 are used for flight and engine testing -- there's an amazing scene of a walk away explosion. More remarkable color footage of the series of test flights and a couple of wonderful post mission debriefings by Scott Crossfield.

"P-38 Angel in Overalls" This film showed Lockheed P-38 production line workers the Lightning at war in a wide variety of combat roles. The dramatic framing for the piece involves a straggling B-24 that is saved from certain destruction by the arrival of "Angels in Overalls" -- P-38s. You'll see all aspects of Lightnings in action, including air-to-air gun camera, bombing, rocketing and photo recon. There's a cameo by Air Corps P-38 ace of aces Dick Bong too. This dramatic film is a must see for all P-38 fans!

"Attack! The Battle for New Britain" New -Premier Stage two of the isolation and reduction of the Japanese fortress of Rabaul was the seizure of key bases at the opposite (Western) end of the 370-mile long island of New Britain, cutting enemy supply lines and providing advance airfields for continuing attacks on the stronghold. You'll see all aspects of the invasion, including planning, training, air attacks, amphibious assaults, and the intense jungle fighting to secure objectives. And there's exciting low level B-25 strikes! You'll see jungle fighting in truly unbelievable terrain.

"Flight Deck CrewLanding & Re-spotting Carrier Aircraft" (Restored 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 relaunch 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

"Wings Up! " New Premier. Narrated by Academy Award Winner Capt. Clark Gable. This film was developed by the Army Air Corps in World War 2to show men what to expect when they entered Officer's Candidate School in Miami, Fla. There was a lot more to becoming an officer than learning how to fly. You'll see the physical and mental testing and screening process that winnowed a thousand prospective candidates down to a couple of dozen officer candidates. who include (in this class) Olympic athletes, a circus performer, symphony conductor, a Mayor, refugees from fascism, baseball & football players, veteran enlisted men, and actors Gilbert Roland and Robert Preston. A year of college & West Point all rolled into one!

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: Saipan B-29s,Carrier Deck Crews,P-38s,New Britain Attack,Gable & the X-15