The B-17 Flying Fortress was made by the Boeing Aircraft Company.The B-17 bomber was 74' 4" long, 19' 1" high and had a wingspan of 103' 10" The B-17 bombers empty weight was 36,135 lbs and it had a Gross Weight of 65,500 lbs.Ball Turret Gunners uses extensive World War II combat footage and interviews with the men who performed this suicidal task to bring home the horror and danger that they experienced every day. From the B-17 Flying Fortress to the legendary Spitfire, almost every significant plane from World War II is here, including the largest collection of American planes outside the United States.
"Flying the ball," as the men who manned these exposed guns called it, was one of the most dangerous assignments of the war. A real B-17 Bomber flight manual would be great to look at while watching a movie about the B-17. Thunderbolt - Ride in the P-47 as it races up the boot of Italy bombing and strafing vital supply routes. Precision bombing by B-17s, enemy fighters swarming around unescorted American bombers, P-51 Mustangs turning the tables… Here, thanks to the devoted work of men and women who refuse to let history die, the historic aircraft of World War II still take to the skies.
But it was also essential to the survival of the bombers and-ultimately-the Allied victory. Softbound Book A reprint of the official government handbook designed to show new cadets how to fly the aircraft. a daring daylight attack on the submarine pens at Wilhelmshaven. Some of the most spectacular film of the war from the air. it's all here in this astonishing and absolutely authentic footage. Travel to Duxford for a remarkable look at the aircraft that made history.
it's all here in this astonishing and absolutely authentic footage. You'll review the political and military situation before the Strategic Bombing Campaign, portraits of leaders and commanders, the dual objectives of disrupting German war production and hurting civilian morale, weapons and tactics, and the results of the campaign itself. S., The Marines are Coming, Submarine Alert, Hell in Normandy, Iron Angel and 45 others starring silver-screen legends such as Montgomery Clift, Van Johnson, James Cagney, Randolph Scott, Richard Arlen, David Niven, Sidney Poitier, Gene Tierney, Ronald Reagan and many others. Featuring archival footage, expert interviews, battlefield visits and reenactments, this 14-DVD collection includes more than 30 documentaries that chronicle the entire history of U. warfare, from the "shot heard around the world" that launched the Revolutionary War through the Alamo, the Civil War, World Wars I and II, the Korean War, Vietnam, Operation Desert Storm, and the current Operation Iraqi Freedom. In World War II, thousands of B-17 bombers flew over Nazi Germany, using millions of tons of bombs to reduce the German military industrial machine to rubble. This is the original Memphis Belle documentary that tells the story of a 10-man B-17 bomber crew as they prepare for, fly and return from their 25th combat mission - the first crew to accomplish such a feat.
As if all of that weren't enough, this amazing collection will even arrive in a unique collectible storage tin shaped just like an ammo box! As an added bonus, you also get programs examining modern weaponry and the experiences of embedded journalists. In each bomber, a man sat in a glass bubble hung below the fuselage, his hands on the controls of an anti-aircraft gun designed to protect the planes from attacks from below. Follow the giant B-29 Super Forts flying from their secret base against stiff flak and fighter opposition to blast the Japanese homeland. Filmed under actual combat conditions, this is a stirring tribute to the many flight and ground crews who served during WWII. The Smashing of the Reich From Normandy to the Rhine, you will see some of the most powerful World War II motion pictures ever presented, many gathered from top-secret sources and never shown before. Fifty miles north of London, Duxford airfield is home to one of the finest collections of military aircraft in the world.
Learn the fascinating history of these remarkable machines, and trace their roles in some of the most important battles of all time.From rare footage of their exploits in combat to the difficult work of restoring them to flying form, this is the ultimate look at the legendary Warbirds of World War II. Bombers Weapons at War Early aviators chucked grenades from their open cockpits on the enemy below.