Post by legionnaire on Jun 5, 2010 19:04:19 GMT -5
American Airpower as it's glory! Striking back on the rising sun! Absolutely breath taking to witness all those 25's
From the aerial video it shows a gaggle of B 25's, did the Dolittle raiders fly like this loose formation over mainland Japan. Or this is just their standard safety flying positions since they probably these pilots have never had a chance to practice flying in tight military bomber formations with their valuable B 25's. As there three plane V formations are still so wide apart.
Didn't they recreate this mass take off commemoration on present day carrier? The end credits of the video says sixteen B 25's. The last big gathering of B 25's was from the filming of "Catch 22".
There will be a "Gathering of Fortress Legends", so far Seven B-17's and one B-24 will be there. More to join. another spectacular US airpower gathering to witness. My favorite classic American bomber.
Main article: B-25 Mitchell aircraft in Catch-22 (film)
Paramount assigned a $17 million budget to the production and planned to film the key flying scenes for six weeks, but the aerial sequences required six months to shoot resulting in the bombers flying a total of about 1,500 hours. They appear on screen for approximately 10 minutes.
Catch-22 has become renowned for its role in saving the B-25 Mitchell aircraft type from a possible extinction. The film's budget could only accommodate 17 flyable B-25 Mitchells, and an additional non-flyable hulk was acquired in Mexico, made barely ferry-able and flown with landing gear down to the Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico filming location. The aircraft was burned and destroyed as part of the landing crash scene. The wreck was then buried in the ground next to the runway, where it remains to this day.
For the film, mock upper turrets were installed, and to represent different models, several aircraft had the turrets installed behind the wings representing early (B-25C/D type) aircraft. Initially, the camera ships also had the mock turrets installed, but problems with buffeting necessitated their removal.
Many of the "Tallman Air Force" went on to have a career in films and television, before being sold off as surplus. Fifteen of the 18 bombers used in the film still remain intact, including one on display at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum.
Death on the set
When Second Unit Director John Jordan refused to wear a harness during a bomber scene, he fell out of the open tail turret and fell to his death.[