Combat Color Film — Pacific Fighter Strafing

Rare color gun camera films show AAF fighters engaging Japanese aircraft and targets on the ground near the end of World War II in the Pacific. The film is silent; actual air-cooled .50-caliber machine gun sounds were added. Some viewers liked the audio, some muted it, and a few complained about it. The positive thumbs-ups have outpaced any thumbs-down. We have a hard time figuring out the fuss — if you want it the way it originally was, simply mute it and enjoy it your way. Thanks for watching. We hope you will subscribe to the Airailimages Channel on YouTube, and share this film with others who would like to see it.
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A History of British Wartime Aircraft (1910-1949)

History of Wartime Aircraft, 1910-1949, taken from the British Pathe newsreel “The Battle for Britain”.

This great archive documentary boasts a wonderful lyrical narration as well as excerpts from Winston Churchill’s “Never before…” speech. The reel has good shots of the RAF in action, and Air Force personnel during the war years, a wonderful shot of a “women only” building where female mechanics work on an aircraft.

Spitfires, Hurricanes, Lancaster Bombers, Meteor, The Canberra and Fairy Delta all feature in this video.

Source: WarArchives on YouTube

B-29 Superfortress “Doc” moves to it’s new home.

It’s been nearly three years since volunteers last turned the wrenches on the restoration work for the B-29 Superfortress known as Doc. This month, restoration on the 68-year-old piece of history will resume.

In February of 2013, Doc’s unmistakable aluminum skin glistened in the bright sunlight as volunteers gathered to watch the historic aircraft be towed into the Northwest Hangar at Boeing.

Warbird Registry Profile: 44-69972

Source: DocsFriends via YouTube

China lands first carrier aircraft

Chinese Shenyang J-15 fighter jet has successfully carried out the first arrested deck landing on the country’s only aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, Xinhua reported on Sunday citing naval sources.

This achievement marks a crucial step in the development of China’s ambitious aircraft carrier program as landing tests of carrier-based aircraft are the most challenging to perform.

“Capabilities of the carrier platform and the J-15 have been tested, meeting all requirements and achieving good compatibility,” the Chinese Navy said.

The J-15s had made many landings on land-based mock-ups of Liaoning’s deck and performed a number of touch-and-go take-offs and landings during sea trials last month before attempting an arrested landing on the deck of the aircraft carrier, according to Chinese naval experts.

Since the Liaoning entered service in September 2012, its crew has completed more than 100 training and testing programs.

The Admiral Kuznetsov class Varyag aircraft carrier was 70% complete when China bought it from Ukraine for $20 million in 1998. Before being sold, the ship was disarmed and its engines were removed.

China launched a complete overhaul of the ship in 2002, also developing carrier-based aircraft. Beijing has repeatedly insisted the carrier poses no threat to its neighbors and that it will primarily be used for training and research.

The 1,000-ft vessel is designed to carry 26 aircraft and 24 helicopters.

Source: StoneXQD via YouTube