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Roaring Glory Warbirds, Vol. 6: Lockheed Lightning P-38 (2000)

Jeff Ethell  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jeff Ethell
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • DVD Release Date: September 9, 1998
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000FBP0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,219 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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America's hottest fighters and the Hot Shots who flew them! Part 1: Check out the mission in the P-38 Lightning. Part 2: The Young Pilots - True adventures of America's Fighter Aces in WWII. Plus BONUS FEATURES!

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best P-38 Info Out There! May 18, 2001
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This is amazing! The photography is beautiful - crisp, in focus, well lit, beautiful. Jeff Ethells's commentary is excellent as he puts the 38 through its paces from preflight through shutdown and flight off the beautiful coast of Oregon at Tillamook. This segment is also haunting as I think the plane he is flying is the same one he died in not too long after the footage was taken for this segment. Also the one featured on the cover of Flight Magazine in Jeff's "Flying the..." series. But it is the best footage of a living, breathing, P-38 you will find. It also has the training film that you'll find separately at museums and such on VHS - but on DVD so you can play it as much as you want. I haven't had time to go through the whole DVD yet but everything I've seen so far is too good to be true - but it is. If you like P-38s, this is an absolute must-have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent July 28, 1999
This has the best sound of all the series (all of which are good). It is quite a thrill when, from the cockpit view, the engines are started. It continues with the run up before take off. I had this in a VHS version and bought the DVD to get better sound. It is the best of the series (I have them all)
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep History Alive - Get This Series August 31, 2002
This series represents an important archive of information about a crucial part of World history. This collection should be part of every Middle or High schools' media center. If you have the means, buy even one episode on DVD and donate it to a local school. Specific to my review, now, this episode about the P-38 Lightning was my first exposure to the Roaring Glory experience. It completely entertained and informed me, giving me an entire new respect and admiration for the men who designed and fought in these machines. The DVD is astounding in it's image quality and sound. There are many extra features, making this little nugget of history a steal at the prices found on Amazon! Want to keep history alive? Want to feel renewed pride as an American? Start your own adventure with Vol. 9 of Roaring Glory - let the "Lightning" strike you today!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love airplanes, you'll love this DVD March 19, 2001
By Gustav
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This DVD has excellent sound. It gives just enough technical detail to keep it interesting and then moves to the flying scenes. The "Young Pilots" part is a little corny, but my children love it because it reads like a story. The training film is quite interesting and explains a lot of the technical aspects of flying the Lightning. Be sure to have a surround sound system and then crank it up loud!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars P-38 Lightning - The fork-tailed devil! August 3, 2007
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I've always been interested in this great aircraft, originally concieved as a high-altitude interceptor. This plane was very far ahead of its time, thanks to Lockheed's Clarence L. "Kelly" who also designed and built the F-80 Shooting Star, F-94 Starfire, F-104 Starfighter, the U-2 and SR-71 Reconnaissance Aircraft. I've always liked the P-38 because it came from that great Art Deco era of the late 1930's, with a beautifully sleek and unique design that was typical of the period.

The P-38's tough, twin engine design and its nose-mounted multiple gun platform was deadly and highly accurate, and in my opinion made it a more effective weapon than the more glamourous P-51, with a much longer range. Before the P-51's and P-47's reached Europe in quantity, the P-38 was tasked with escorting the heavy bombers on their missions, and it was there the Luftwaffe began calling it "The fork-tailed devil". Tom Lamphier shot down Yamamoto with his P-38, and Richard Bong became the USAAF's top scoring ace in a P-38. The Lighting served in all theatres of the war. I was very happy to learn that one had been recovered from Greenland and restored.

The Roaring Glory Warbirds video gives a marvelous review of the P-38, giving us a peek inside the cockpit, to see how complex this plane was.
With great aerial photography, and some re-creations of actual incidents, I am very happy to have this video in my collection. I'd also like recommend the Roaring Glory Warbirds F6F Hellcat video. Just wish they would do a similar video for the great P-40 Warhawk.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Video & Audio Nirvana for the P-38 Aficionado" March 28, 2007
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True fans of the P-38 "Lightning" will find this DVD a truly moving experience, with stunning aerial footage of the late Jeff Ethell flying an immaculate P-38L over the Pacific coastline. This is more than worth the purchase price for these latter-day scenes alone, though other portions are interesting as well. Not really mentioned was that the P-38 was designed as an interceptor, and never intended to 'dogfight' smaller, lighter opposition. That it succeeded in doing so was greatly to the credit of it's pilots, and it's versatility. D. Judkins
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