Military Aircraft from 1937 to 1945
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The Doolittle Raid, April 18, 1942, was the first air raid by the United States to strike the Japanese home island of Honshu during World War II. The mission was notable since it was the only time in U.S. Military history that United States Army Air Force
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This historic German educational film shows flights of sailplanes or gliders. After World War I many gliders were built for sporting purposes in Germany, because of post-WWI regulations forbidding the construction and flight of motorized planes. As a resu
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This fascinating silent color film from World War II shows a variety of rockets produced by the United States for use in the conflict. Many of these weapons were developed at Caltech, and the film shows some of the work done there to perfect these systems
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This silent German educational film shows the construction of a Bücker Bü 181 Bestmann aircraft, one of the Luftwaffe's standard training airplanes throughout WWII. The prototype Bü 181 (D-ERBV) made its maiden flight in February 1939 wit
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1945 U.S. Army Air Forces Combat Film Report # CF-506, Conquest By Air. National Archives description: "Reel 1 shows a flashback of French troops storming German trenches during World War I; B-26's, B-17's, and P-38's in the air and bombs falling on Rouen
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U.S. Army Air Forces silent Combat Subjects film #4268. No clapperboard. P-47s in a row on airfield. A P-47 is towed. Crew on airfield. Shots of P-47N including tail number 488389. Ground crew cleans canopy. Pilots walk to aircraft. Planes taxi and take o
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This WWII newsreel contains two segments. The first, "France Flies Again" shows the hand-off of P-40 Warhawk aircraft to the Free French Air Force (French: Forces Aériennes Françaises Libres, FAFL), the air arm of the Free French Forces duri
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Made by the Ford Motor Company during WWII, "The Story of Willow Run" explains the company's role in producing the Consolidated B-24 Liberator heavy bomber. Narrated by Harry Wismer, the film explains how Ford manufactured and built B-24 Liberators under
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Army Air Forces training film #TF 1-3681 Aircraft Recognition: Focke-Wulf 190. National Archives Identifier: 6044534 no description.
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National Archives description "This training film focuses on the Junkers Ju 88, a World War II German Luftwaffe twin-engine, multi-role aircraft."
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Army Air Forces training film # TF 1-3621 Aircraft Recognition Heinkel 177 National Archives Identifier: 6042539 listed as "Aircraft Recognition: Heinkel 177, ca. 1942"
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75-years ago the Tuskegee Airmen defeated the odds and become the first African American aviator combat fighters.