Silent Wings: The American Glider Pilots of WWII

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Silent Wings: The American Glider Pilots of WWII title screen.

Documentary (2007)

Hal Holbrook (Narrator)
Leo Cordier (Himself)
Andrew Rooney (Himself)

The whole story of american gliders, from the early race to build unpowered aircraft to the D-Day invasion at Normandy and Nazi Germany's final surrender. Covers the source of this concept, mainly in Germany.

Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress

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Junkers Ju 52/3m

Numerous airframes seen throughout the first half of the documentary.
The first one is coded D-AXIO Junkers Ju 52/3m of the Luftwaffe.

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Wearing the identification code D1+4?
Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

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Junkers Ju 87 B Stuka

Probably from a nazi propaganda movie (which one ?).

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Junkers Ju 87 A Stuka

Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

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Waco CG-4A

Lt Leo Cordier ready for his fifth combat glider landing.

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Waco CG-4A-RO

Crash of Waco CG-4A-RO s/n 42-78839. Robertson Aircraft Company in St. Louis was contracting to build Waco CG-4A-RO gliders under license. Several VIPs were getting a demonstration ride on 1st August 1943. 10 deads.

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Towed by a Douglas C-47 Skytrain.

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Heinkel He 111

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Dornier Do 17 Z

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DFS 230

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Taken by the third man aboard a DFS 230 glider.

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Messerschmitt Bf 110 B

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Messerschmitt Bf 109 E

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Gotha Go 242

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Ryan NYP Spirit of Saint-Louis

Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

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Heinkel He 51

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Douglas C-47 Skytrain

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Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

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Towing Horsa gliders (look bottom).

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Curtiss-Wright C-46A Commando

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Various Aircraft

Wright Field during the early thirties. The widest shape is probably a Boeing B-9.

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Different kind of projects and studies.

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Focke-Wulfe Fw 190 A

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Messerschmitt Me 321 Gigant

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Towed by a troika of three Messerschmitt Bf 110.

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Messerschmitt Bf 110 C

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PZL P.24

Remains of the PZL P.24 Delta 126 of the Greek Air Force.

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Avro 626

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Unidentified Aircraft

Greek Campaign of 1941. Could it be a RAF Blenheim ?

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Stinson L-1 Vigilant

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Unidentified Training Glider

The poor quality od this screenshot doesn't allow to distinguish a Frankfort TG-1 from a Schweizer (TG-2 or TG-3) or a Laister-Kauffman TG-4.

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Schweizer TG-2

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Mitsubishi G3M

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Mitsubishi Ki-30

Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

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Nakajima B5N

Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

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Curtiss P-40 Warhawk

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Aichi D3A

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Mitsubishi A5M

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Nakajima Ki-27

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Consolidated PBY Catalina

Same shot in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

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Boeing B-17C Flying Fortress

Boeing B-17C USAAF (United States Army Air Forces) s/n 40-2074 at Hickam Field.
Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

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Curtiss P-40B Warhawk

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Vought OS2U Kingfisher

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Piper L-4 Cub

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Curtiss JN Jenny

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Same Barnstormer, "Jersey" Ringel, seen in Mystères d'archives (TV Series) Season One, Episode One.

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Airspeed AS.51 Horsa I

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LC797, an Airspeed AS.51 Horsa used by american troops.

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North American B-25 Mitchell

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Hawker Hurricane

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North American P-51A Mustang

Probably from the 1st Air Commando Group, CBI theatre.

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Republic P-47 Thunderbolt

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Junkers Ju 87 D Stuka

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Junkers Ju 88

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