Zeno's Warbird Video Drive-In July 2011 14th Anniversary Newsletter
Hello World War 2 & jet aircraft fans --
You are invited to drop by Zeno's Warbird Video Drive-In
We're celebrating our 14th year on the 'Net with six exciting aviation
& combat documentary films playing over the Internet.
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
"Thunderbolt!" Exclusive new digitally restored video from recently
released archival print with more than 5 minutes of additional content
& directional stereo sound. "Thunderbolt!" Chronicles the exploits of
the P-47 Thunderbolt pilots of the "Fighting Cocks" of the 65th
Fighter squadron, 57th Fighter Group. New -- additional footage of
64th FS "Black Scorpions," 66th FS "Terminators" and Free French
P-47s. Based on the island of Corsica off the northwest coast of the
Italian boot, the 57th FG flew from behind the enemy's flank. As part
of "Operation Strangle," they continuously attacked highways, bridges,
ammo dumps, railroads and just about anything that moved to choke off
the flow of supplies to the Axis front line. This film not only
features exciting one-of-a-kind P-47 combat footage, it also shows day-
to-day life on a MTO forward air base, including vintage pilot slang.
The stereo sound really brings these birds to life.
"Profile of a World War 2 Test Pilot " This film was shot at the Army
Air Corps top secret Wright Field flight test facility during World
War 2 to give pilots the low down on what to expect if they joined
their aircraft testing program. There's plenty of info about flight
testing at that time, 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.
"Winged Artillery " Exclusive -- reconstructed audio & color corrected
video. Nine 75mm cannon firing B-25Gs of the 48th Bomb Squadron, 7AAF,
based on Apamama in the Gilbert Islands, conduct a hair raising tree
top level strike on the Japanese air base on Mille. Also features
amazingly well preserved and very rare color footage of daily life of
air crew and ground personnel stationed on the islands. As a bonus,
you'll watch Sea Bees using heavy equipment to transform these hard
won tropical atolls into fully functioning air bases and ground crews
maintaining the Mitchell's massive canons.
"Mastering the Thompson Submachine Gun Part 6: Marksmanship ."
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. Used by both gangsters and
law enforcement officers during the Roaring Twenties, it was
frequently shown in films and in posed photographs, its drum magazine
and instant fire power making it immediately recognizable. During
World War II, the Thompson came into it's own for it's originally
intended purpose, making war along side the US Army and Marine Corps.
Much prized by the Allies, it was shipped in large quantities to
British, Commonwealth, French, and Polish troops, along with many
other nations. You'll learn all aspects of accurately firing your
Thompson in a variety of situations.
"The Fighting Lady " A new color corrected cor print from the
National Archives really brings this film to life! "The Fighting Lady"
follows the fictional career of an Essex Class aircraft carrier from
the Marcus Islands campaign, through Tinian, Truk, the "Mariana's
Turkey Shoot" and much more. But don't let the term "fictionalized"
miss lead you. All of the footage shown in this fascinating composite
documentary is real -- shot by combat cameramen on board ship and in
the air, showing actual Navy and Marine pilots and crewmen up close
and personal. ("The Fighting Lady was actually the nickname given to
the Yorktowns, CV-5 & CV-10.) You'll see dramatic action showing
Hellcats, Hell Divers, Corsairs on deck and in the air, including
exciting dive bombing, anti-aircraft, and gun camera footage and some
amazing walkaway crash landings.
"We Flew the Mig " In September, 1953, a North Korean defector handed
over the first Russian Mig 15 to fall into US hands. The Mig had
proven to be a worthy adversary for the North American F-86 Sabre in
the skies over Korea, so it was immediately subjected to
comprehensive testing. You'll see Chuck Yeagar and other top test
pilots putting the Mig through it's paces and hear what they learned,
along with a point by point performance comparison with the F-86. Nice
footage of the Mig's armaments too.
NEW Follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/ZenosWarbirds
previously unreleased videos from Zeno's vault, sneak previews of new
videos and more!
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: P-47 Thunderbolts, X-Planes, WW2 Carriers, Tommy Guns,
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