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Director Kevin Lucero
Power Program Ent 1998
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|Roaring Glory Warbirds Vol. 4
Hosted by Steve Hinton. This DVD brings the viewer up close and in flight with the Grumman TBM Avenger. Designed as a Replacement for the TBD Devestator - its wartime production reached over 9,000 aircraft built, with even General Motors building them. Flown by single pilot, rear turret gunner and a bombardier / navigator. Veritile in mission, it could be used as a torpedo bomber, level bomber, or scout. The aircraft featured in the DVD is painted in the markers of former president George Bush's TBM colors and markings as it flew in the Pacific, complete with "Barbara" painted on side of cockpit.
Walkaround the TBM
Next, Hinton proceeds with the cockpit check and explains to the viewer the process of starting this massive aircraft - nine blades rotate by before hitting magnetos for ignition. Next, the engine is warmed up at 1,000 rpms or less - then the wings are swung out and taxing can begin. Its massive Wright Cyclone 14 cylinder 1,900 hp engine was not designed aerobatics. Rather, this reliable radial engine brought its crews home.
TBM in Flight
Part II The Young Pilots
At 23, Bagera joined Air Group 86 of forty different planes. Assigned two enlisted men he flew with the same crew for over a year. After crossing the Pacific, Harry flew his first combat mission in March 14, 1945 - for search and destroy missions over Japan including aerial combat, dive bombing runs, kamikaze attacks and operational losses and the exhilaration of sinking the cruiser Iota off Japan.
Several photo sections allows the viewer to preview still images in a "Family Album" section and "Pilot's Handbook " that contain dozens of images and diagrams. The disc also includes previews of other Roaring Glory warlord DVDs. Included are trailers for their F4U, A6M, P-38, P-47, F6F each is about two minutes long and introduces other warbirds in the "Roaring Glory" series.
Review by Justin Taylan
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