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Jimmy Stewart Introduces And Lloyd Bridges Narrates This 1944 Color Film Story Of An American Fighter-Bomber Group Engaged In Operation Strangle In The Italian Theater Of World War II By The Director Of "The Memphis Belle", William Wyler! PLUS Bonus Feature RECOGNITION OF THE JAPANESE ZERO FIGHTER Starring Ronald Reagan! Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD, MP4 Video Download Or USB Flash Drive! #RepublicP47Thunderbolt #P47Thunderbolt #RepublicP47 #P47 #JamesStewart #LloydBridges #WillamWyler #MitsubishiA6MZero #MitsubishiA6M #A6MZero #ZeroFighter #Reisen #GreatPlanes #MilitaryAviation #AerialWarfare #FighterPlanes #FighterBombers #AirWarfareOfWWII #WWII #WW2 #WorldWarTwo #WorldWar2 #SecondWorldWar #WW2Aviation #WWIIAviation #AviationInWorldWarII #WorldWarII #WWII #WW2 #WorldWarTwo #WorldWar2 #SecondWorldWar #DVD #VideoDownload #MP4 #USBFlashDrive
THUNDERBOLT (1944, TECHNICOLOR, 44:41)
Welcome to "The Country Club", the base of operations in Corsica for an American fighter-bomber group flying legendary P-47 Thunderbolts assigned to interdiction deep behind enemy lines during the fierce ground fighting of 1944 Italy. Logic and tactics are expounded upon but not at the expense of maintaining intimate contact with the details and feel of the daily life of the men involved. The Thunderbolt aircraft used by this group were specially loaded with color film in cameras mounted throughout the plane, making for truly extraordinary bomb run and air-to-ground battle footage from a variety of angles. From take-off to landing and the careful maintenance in-between, this film shows what the planes and the men of this fighter group went through in this fight.
BONUS FEATURE: RECOGNITION OF THE JAPANESE ZERO FIGHTER (1942, 9:05)
An Army Air Force training film starring Ronald Reagan as a fledgling fighter pilot who needs to know how to identify and successfully combat the famed Japanese Zero Zen fighter.
The Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, a World War II era fighter aircraft produced by the United States from 1941 through 1945, first flew on May 6, 1941. Its primary armament was eight .50-caliber machine guns and in the fighter-bomber ground-attack role it could carry five-inch rockets or a bomb load of 2,500 pounds (1,103 kg). When fully loaded the P-47 weighed up to eight tons, making it one of the heaviest fighters of the war. The P-47 was designed around the powerful Pratt and Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp engine which was also used by two U.S. Navy fighters, the Grumman F6F Hellcat and the Vought F4U Corsair. The Thunderbolt was effective as a short-to-medium range escort fighter in high-altitude air-to-air combat and ground attack in both the World War II European and Pacific theaters. The P-47 was one of the main United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) fighters of World War II, and served with Allied air forces including France, Britain, and Russia. Mexican and Brazilian squadrons fighting alongside the U.S. also flew the P-47. The armored cockpit was relatively roomy and comfortable, the bubble canopy introduced on the P-47D in particular offering good visibility. A present-day U.S. ground-attack aircraft, the Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II, takes its name from the P-47.
The Mitsubishi A6M "Zero" was a long-range carrier-based fighter aircraft formerly manufactured by Mitsubishi Aircraft Company, a part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, and operated by the Imperial Japanese Navy from 1940 to 1945. The A6M was designated as the Mitsubishi Navy Type 0 carrier fighter (Japanse: rei-shiki-kanjo-sentoki), or the Mitsubishi A6M Rei-sen. The A6M was usually referred to by its pilots as the Reisen (Japanese: zero fighter), "0" being the last digit of the imperial year 2600 (1940) when it entered service with the Imperial Navy. The official Allied reporting name was "Zeke", although the name "Zero" (from Type 0) was used colloquially by the Allies as well. The Zero is considered to have been the most capable carrier-based fighter in the world when it was introduced early in World War II, combining excellent maneuverability and very long range. The Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service (IJNAS) also frequently used it as a land-based fighter. In early combat operations, the Zero gained a reputation as a dogfighter, achieving an outstanding kill ratio of 12 to 1, but by mid-1942 a combination of new tactics and the introduction of better equipment enabled Allied pilots to engage the Zero on generally equal terms. By 1943, the Zero was less effective against newer Allied fighters due to design limitations. It lacked hydraulic boosting for its ailerons and rudder, rendering it extremely difficult to maneuver at high speeds, and it could not be equipped with a more powerful aircraft engine. By 1944, with Allied fighters approaching the A6M levels of maneuverability and consistently exceeding its firepower, armor, and speed, the A6M had largely become outdated as a fighter aircraft. However, as design delays and production difficulties hampered the introduction of newer Japanese aircraft models, the Zero continued to serve in a front-line role until the end of the war in the Pacific. During the final phases, it was also adapted for use in kamikaze operations. Japan produced more Zeros than any other model of combat aircraft during the war.