Lockheed P-38 Lightning WWII Fighter DVD
This DVD is a collection of vintage films on the Lockheed P-38 WWII fighter. This DVD has war time movies and a collection of newsreels on the P-38 plus a newsreel on Maj. Richard Bong - America's highest scoring ace of all time. Plus a short film on the P-38 Lockheed factory in Burbank.
Film #1 -
Reconnaissance Pilot - USAAF P-38 film starring William Holden as Lt. "Packy" Cummings. It is a story about a recon pilot in the Pacific flying a P-38 on 52 missions and actually flies down a Japanese Zero into the sea. These recon guys were nicknamed "Photo Joes" and had one of the most dangerous jobs in the war. Flying a camera, the Lockheed F-5, (a stripped down P-38 that could fly as fast as 450 MPH) was unarmed, and un-escorted. Often the pilot flew deep into enemy territory and alone. This film is based on a real recon pilot, Alex Gary, who became the most decorated US recon pilot of the war. Lots of planes in this movie. Runtime is about 29 minutes.
Film #2 -
Photo Joes - A rare film of the F-5 Lightning which is a photo equipped version of the P-38 Lightning but armed with a camera instead of guns. Runtime is about 7 minutes.
Film #3 -
Angel In Overalls - a USAAF P-38 Film that tells the story about how P-38s come to the rescue to protect the B-24 and B-17 bombers as they fly over Germany. Runtime is about 15 minutes.
Film #4 -
Newsreel Collection - Five reels on P-38 Lightnings. 1st. Lockheed conceives the P-38; The fastest plane alive. 2nd, Aerial recon. 3rd, The tide turns New Guinea Pacific War. 4th, P-38s get Yamamoto. 5th. Air rescue on Jap-held island. 6th, P-38 and P-47 get rockets. 7th. P-38s escort B-25s on a mission in the Pacific. 8th. Luftwaffe shoots down a P-38. 9th. Aachen Germany, P-38 bomb Nazi stronghold. 10th. Maj. Richard Bong gets his 40th kill. 11th Film; "P-38 Factory". A short P-38 Lightning film using a collection of photos and clips of the Lockheed P-38 factory in Burbank, Ca. 1940s. Runtime is about 4 minutes.
Film #5 -
P-38 Attu Story - This a story about a hotshot P-38 Lightning pilot flying in the Aleutians at 300 MPH and misjudged how close he was to the ground. Because of all of the snow, he mis-judged his altitude and crashed into a snow drift. He bounced up and he thought he could fly his P-38 home on one engine. But when he looked, he discovered that one engine was gone and the prop was missing on the other. He than settled the P-38 aircraft in on a belly landing and jumped out of the aircraft believing it would burn, (which it did not). He was picked up by a boat that afternoon and the P-38 was left there for the next 40+ years. Today, the P-38 has been totally restored by a group of dedicated men. Runtime is about 6 minutes.
Total runtime for the Lockheed P-38 Lightning WWII Fighter DVD is about 61 minutes. Format is NTSC DVD and region-free.