Film #3 - Flying the TBF Avenger. The Grumman TBF/TBM 'Avenger' Torpedo Bomber. This was Dubya's Dad's WWII ride. The Avenger was a tough and accurate bomber that had a reputation for taking punishment and bringing its crew home. Relatively easy to fly, the big Avenger was surprisingly nimble. The TBF could pack up to 500 lb bombs or one Mk1 13-2 torpedo, and with all three tanks topped up with 335 gallons of fuel, could strike targets up to 260 miles away. More than 7,500 TBF/TBM Avengers were produced in 20 variants, which fought with distinction in most major naval battles in the Pacific and was well liked by the Royal Navy. In B+W with a run time of about 24 minutes.
Film #4 - The Brewster SB2A-4 Buccaneer Scout/Dive Bomber. Was it really 'the worst aircraft of World War II'? See the video and judge for yourself! (Look for the little clues in the narration.) Though this training film goes out of its way to sing the Buccaneer's praises, her flaws are all too obvious if you watch and listen carefully. Even so, many Marine trainee pilots learned the ropes of dive bombing in the big Brewster. In B+W with a run time of about 17 minutes.
Film #5 - Introduction to Dive Bombing. Before you leave the deck in that Dauntless, you'd better learn how to dive bomb properly. The US Navy pioneered dive bombing techniques after World War I and it shows in this informative film, produced by the Department of the Navy in 1943. You'll learn everything from the basic theory of dive bombing to how to put your egg on a real target, including ships at sea. In B+W with a run time of about 24 minutes.
Film #6 - Deploying Aerial Mines. This film describes World War II aerial mine warfare at sea,. You'll learn the basics of mine laying, including strategy and tactics. You'll also find out how mines were fused and armed to be ready for deployment, along with detailed diagrams of their inner workings. You'll see rare footage of actual aerial mine laying missions by PBJs in the Pacific. Although seldom dealt with in general histories of World War II, aerial mines were often used with deadly effect by both Axis and Allied forces. In B+W with a run time of about 17 minutes.
The DVD is in NTSC format and region-free. It is packaged in a plain clear plastic C-Shell DVD case without paper graphics.