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Zeno's Warbird Video Drive-In Big January 2011 2010 Newsletter

Happy New Year World War 2 & jet aircraft fans!

You are invited to drop by Zeno's Drive-In


for this month's flight of six exciting aviation & vintage combat documentary films playing over the Internet. We're showing two new premiers and four more of our favorite aviation & combat 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


"Thunderbolt! Reborn "Exclusive Special Restored Edition from Military Arts Pictures (C2010) - restored video from an archival print with more than 5 minutes of additional content & directional stereo sound in broadband. "Thunderbolt!" Chronicles the exploits of the P-47 Thunderbolt pilots of the "Fighting Cocks" of the 65th Fighter squadron, 57th Fighter Group, plus new footage of 64th FS "Black Scorpions," 66th FS "Terminators" and Free French P-47s. Based on the island of Corsica off the 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. Our new digitally restored print is a huge leap in quality with great new additional content.


"The B-58 Hustler Wins the Bleriot Trophy" NEW! A pilot once said of the Convair B-58, "She looked like she was breaking the sound barrier just sitting on the tarmac." At Mach 2+, the B-58 wasn't just one of the fastest bombers of her day, she was one of the fastest military planes period. In 1930 the French aviation pioneer Louis Bleriot established a prize for the first aircraft to average over 2,000 kph for thirty minutes-- the Louis Bleriot Speed Trophy. For 30 years, that prize lay unclaimed by any aircraft. See how supersonic B-58 Hustler "Firefly," commanded by Major Elmer E Murphy, flying near Edwards AFB in May 1961, took the prize


"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.


"FLAK" is a fascinating World War II training film for pilots on the theory and practice of evading antiaircraft fire. ("FLAK" is a German acronym for Fliegerabwehrkanone = "Flyer Defense Cannon." ) The specifications, capabilities and targeting methods of a variety of German and Japanese AAA pieces are discussed as well as both high and low altitude evasions tactics . Well illustrated with charts, animations and combat film.


"Huey in a Helicopter War" (NEW!) was produce Bell Aircraft during the Vietnam war to show the essential part played by their "Huey" UH-1 Iroquois Helicopter in nine different of rolls, including recon & fire direction, transport & supply, a variety of assault gunships configurations and medical evacuations. The film uses dramatic combat footage to illustrate the theory, tactics and practice of Huey operations, including from the cockpit views of airborne assaults and the establish and development of LZ's.


"The True Glory from D-Day to the Elbe" (Restored) tells the breathtaking story of the Allied sweep across Northern Europe, seen through the lenses of hundreds of combat cameramen from the USA, Canada, France, Poland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Czechoslovakia, Norway, Great Britain and captured German footage. Legendary American Writer-Director Garsin Kanin teamed up with Oscar Award Winning Director Carole Reed and 3 time Oscar Winning writer Paddy Chayefsky to produce this Academy Award Winning winning film. "The True Glory" takes you through the northern European Campaign, starting with invasion preparations, the D-Day landings, the capture of Cherbourg, fighting in Caen, the Falaise breakout, the race to liberate France, Operation Market Garden, French resistance Operations, retaking Antwerp, the Battle of the Bulge and the crossing of the Rhine and the final campaign into Germany to defeat the Nazis.

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: Thunderbolts, B-58 Record Breaker, Hueys, 75mm B-25s, D-Day & more

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