Zeno's Warbird Video Drive-In Big April 2012 Newsletter
Hello World War 2 aircraft fans --
You are invited to drop by Zeno's Warbird Video Drive-In http://www.zenoswarbirdvideos.com/
for this months Matinee showing of six classic World War 2 & Jet documentary videos streaming over the Web, including two Drive-In Premiers!
New. We're in the process of upgrading all the World War 2 & jet pilot training videos on our site from RealVideo and Windows Media to hosting them on YouTube. That means higher resolution, better quality broadband video playback, including on your phone or tablet. (Back in 1997 our videos were streaming in 28.8 dial up!) Here is the list of the videos that have been upgraded so far. http://zenoswarbirdvideos.com/main.html
As always, all of the videos showing on our web site are for your free viewing pleasure. Please help "spread the word" by liking us on Facebook!
Now showing "At the Matinee" at Zeno's Drive-In
The 365th Fighter Group "Hell Hawks" NEW - Premier! In color Exclusive Documentary. More exciting P-47 Thunderbolt action from the skies over Germany, Spring, 1945. CO Col. Ray J Stecker leads the men of the 386th, 387th, and 388th Fighter Squadrons into action. You'll see extensive color footage of the 365th Thunderbolts in their forward bases in France and Belgium and exciting air-to- air and air-to-ground attacks, including rare gun camera film of the shoot down of a Messerschmidt Me 262 jet fighter!
First Air Division Bombing Highlights 1944-45 NEW - Premier! During the last six months of the conflict in Europe, 8th Air Force bomber ball turret gunners were given 16mm cameras and told to film what they saw on missions over the Third Reich. Documentaries like "Target for Today" showed what happened leading up to and then after the bombs were dropped. This film focuses on what happened directly over the target. You'll see bombs fall on Berlin, Luneberg, the U-Boat pens at Bremen, Muenster, Ingolstadt, Regensburg, and many more cities, including the only known footage of the controversial bombing of Dresden on Feb 14th & 15th, 1945. These scenes of concentrated destruction, shot from bombing altitude, are by turns fascinating and horrific. There are also unflinching shots of deadly Luftwaffe fighter attacks and US bombers going down amidst incredible forests of FLAK. (This film was not shown on the home front.)
"Naval Fighter Aerial Tactics during the Korean War - featuring the F2H-2 Banshee with color corrected video " Produced by the Navy Department during the Korean War, this unique film features truly outstanding color footage of F2H-2 Banshee fighter/bombers operating singly and in squadron formation, dancing agilely among towering cumulus clouds. it opens a fascinating window on US Navy carrier launched fighter operations and tactics at the time of the Korean War. The film addresses three main "problems" in areal tactics: intercept, escort and attack, and defense.
"Naval Aviation Cadet in World War 2 " Narrated by Joseph Cotton (Citizen Kane, The Third Man). This color film follows the career of a Navy cadet from enlistment soon after Pearl Harbor through Primary and Advanced Flight training and on into combat. Especially memorable are the many scenes shot at Pensacola Naval Air Station flight school. You'll see all aspects of cadet training, including flight, gunnery, navigation and bombing, along with a generous serving of cadet social life. This film is also notable for extensive, rare color footage of a wide variety of USN training and early war combat aircraft, including Vought OS2U Kingfisher catapult float planes, Boeing N2S Kaydets, North American SNJs, Vultee SNV-1 Valiants, Brewster F2A Buffaloes and SB2A Buccaneers in flight, Consolidated PBY Catalinas and Grumman F4F Wildcats operating off a carrier deck.
"B-29s Over North Korea The 19th Bomb Group Attacks Bridges Near Sinanju plus 19th BG Nose Art Color Scrap Book " Exclusive release from Military Arts Pictures with digitally restored video. 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. Footage of the heroic and very costly B-29 operations in Korea is extremely rare, so we are very pleased to release this documentary.
"Mastering the Bazooka Rocket Launcher " The Bazooka was a revolutionary weapon that combined a man portable "stove pipe" rocket launcher, with a shaped charge warhead. As you'll see, shaped charges focused a superheated penetrating jet of gas whose effect on armored targets was far out of proportion to it's relatively small size. The Bazooka put this awesome destructive power in the hands of a single soldier with a range of hundreds of yards. When fired from the battery powered M1 launcher, the original M6 Rocket, introduced in 1940, could penetrate 4'' of steel armor, making it useful not only against tanks and armored vehicles, but also against pill boxes, walls, bunkers etc.
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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