Aviation DVDs – These Classic Aviation Films DVD videos were created, in part, with footage from the National Archives. The Classic Aviation Films 6 DVD Collector’s Set takes you from short flights across a field to the hypersonic edge of space as you tour dramatic moments in the history of flight. The National Archives has been responsible for the acquisition, preservation and public dissemination of the permanent record of the U.S. government. Parts of this inestimable national resource have been assembled to produce this marvelous DVD set recounting the birth of flight to its highest accomplishments near space.
- DVD 1 - 1909-1924
Witness the official test flight of the Wright brothers' military plane in 1909, then join legendary Ace combat pilot Lt. Eddie Rickenbacker in 1918 as he accepts the Distinguished Service Cross for his remarkable courage in dramatic air battles over France and Germany in WWI. Circle the globe by plane in 1924 with Lt. Lowell Smith in an adventure featuring dramatic rescues at sea, exotic locales, and desperate repairs to make it back home alive. (66 min.)
- DVD 2: 1925
Discover the highlights of military aviation during 1935 with the first flights of the Army's largest dirigible at Scott Field, Illinois. See first hand the ingenuity and courage of American aviation pioneers as clever animations and narration shows how the airship was constructed. The journey continues with a commemoration of the 38th Anniversary of the Wright Brothers' first flight. (57 min.)
- DVD 3: 1926
The year is 1926 and you're put right in the heart of the Navy technical schools at the Hampton Roads Naval Base in Virginia. Watch sailors prepare for action as they conduct a mock battle, repair the motors and generators that will keep planes in the air, train at radio school, pore over test tubes in laboratory work, practice semaphoring that will one day be used on aircraft carriers, and much more. (73 min.)
- DVD 4: 1942-1944
The B-24 Liberator was a beautiful plane in a horrific war — this DVD shows you why pilots and crew counted on it to bring them home alive. Witness the famous and tragic attack on the Ploesti fields in Romania. See the first bomber mission in Europe on July 4th 1942 and follow that with the tale of "Boomerang," the first B-24 to return to the U.S. from overseas duty. Spectacular views from the waist gunner show German fighter planes raked with large caliber fire, bombs leveling their targets in large cities, factories knocked out of action, railway yards reduced to chaos, and much more. (61 min.)
- DVD 5: 1944-1958
U.S. Air Force test pilots have the toughest job in the world: help build the most powerful and advanced air force in history. This DVD brings their dangerous lives into focus with historic test flights of the XF rocket aircraft, C-130 Hercules, and H-19 helicopter that show the trials and sacrifice the pilots — and their crafts — undergo to preserve freedom. Learn about "bioastronautics," the rigorous physical trials that test pilots go through to become the world's fastest men. (75 min.)
- DVD 6: 1961-1978
Strap in and ride along with Neil Armstrong in the remarkable X-15 rocket-powered aircraft — the plane that flew faster and higher than any other craft on Earth! Come back down to Earth with a poetic tribute to flight set against striking aerial photography. Then fly with pilots of an FAC F-100 fighter jet as it provides close air support for our troops in southeast Asia during Operation Shenandoah. Listen to harrowing tales as "Boomers," crews of the indispensable KC-135 tanker craft, are joined by fighter pilots, bomber pilots, and generals as they share their experience of action over Vietnam. (75 min.)
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