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The WPA Film Library [electronic resource]: Air Combat, 1940

World War II - RAF in action. Air-to-air shots of RAF (Royal Air Force) planes in dogfights with Luftwaffe.
Online
1940
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TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Paul MacCready - Nature vs. Humans and What We Can Do About It

Through his life, aircraft designer and environmentalist Paul MacCready turned his mind, energy, and heart toward his two passions: flight and the Earth. His early training as a fighter and glider pilot (glider pilots still use the "MacCready speed ring" he developed after World War II) led him to explore nontraditional flight and nontraditional energy sources. In the 1970s, he and his company, AeroVironment, designed and built record-breaking human-powered planes, which eventually led to creating environmentally responsible cars and aircraft. In this TEDTalk, MacCready discusses what we all can do to preserve nature's balance. He presents his audience with some of his design contributions, including solar planes, gliders, and the electric car.
Online
2008
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Modern Marvels [electronic resource]: Jet Engines

Jet engines debuted in the waning days of World War II, as a stunning new fighter plane arrived too late to help the Nazi cause. Since then, they have revolutionized transportation and brought the world closer together. This episode of Modern Marvels uses extensive footage, computer animation, and interviews with pilots, scientists, and industry insiders to tell the powerful story of jet engines. From the secret Nazi attempts to develop a revolutionary weapon to the Stealth fighter and beyond, the program introduces the men and technology that have pushed the jet ever forward. Visit the famed "Skunkworks" at Lockheed Martin, where America's first jet was developed, and get a behind-the-scenes look at famous jets like the U-2 spy plane and the F-22 fighter. Witness some of aviation's [...]
Online
1999
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How to Build..An Aircraft Wing [electronic resource]

In the world of aeronautics, it's said that no matter what other innovations are introduced, the wing defines the aircraft. Focusing on the A380 wing - at 17.7 meters from front to back and 36.3 meters from fuselage to wingtip, it is the largest ever produced for a civil airliner - this program explores the frontiers of aircraft design and manufacturing, visiting two major Airbus factories in the United Kingdom. Near Bristol, a center of aircraft construction for almost 100 years, viewers meet engineers and designers at the company's cutting-edge research and development facility. In North Wales, at one of Europe's biggest factories, the technicians who actually build the massive wing are shown at work, turning raw materials into majestic sky-worthy structures. Part of the series How [...]
Online
2011
45.

The Future of Flight [electronic resource]

Technological advances are constantly leading to bigger, lighter, and faster passenger planes, but what about the future? This video clip looks at hypersonic vehicles, touted as the next big thing in aviation. These crafts fly at more than five times the speed of sound, but this clip asks how this technological progress can be implemented in a world where fuel is becoming more and more expensive and carbon emissions are becoming a bigger and bigger problem. One suggestion: build passenger craft that use far less fossil fuels, or, even better, build planes that use none at all.
Online
2007
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Prelinger Archives [electronic resource]: Look to Lockheed for Leadership

Promotional film about Lockheed aircraft using test pilots and speed records to show how Lockheed is at the forefront of aviation technology. Wright Brothers, Amelia Earhart, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lindbergh and Howard Hughes are shown.
Online
2013; 1940
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Prelinger Archives: Look to Lockheed for Leadership [electronic resource]

Promotional film about Lockheed aircraft using test pilots and speed records to show how Lockheed is at the forefront of aviation technology. Wright Brothers, Amelia Earhart, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lindbergh and Howard Hughes are shown.
Online
2013; 1940
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Weight and Balance of an Aircraft [electronic resource]

Mastery of how the concepts of weight and balance relate to an airplane are absolutely essential to safe flight. In this program, a flying instructor explains how to answer two crucial preflight questions: is the airplane's weight within the manufacturer's maximum allowable gross weight, and is the actual center of gravity within the manufacturer's allowable center of gravity range. The computational calculation method is applied to several hypothetical situations of the type to be found on an FAA exam.
Online
2008; 1982
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Aviation [electronic resource]

Students will gain inspiration from three courageous women who have entered the aviation field. This program profiles Capt. Tanya Sprathoff, pilot and crew commander of an Aurora CP-140; Isabelle Marsan, an aircraft mechanic who maintains and repairs internal systems on airliners; and Dawn Patterson, an aircraft structures mechanic responsible for aircraft inspection and repair. Interviews with co-workers and supervisors help to create well-rounded descriptions of each job.
Online
2008; 2006
50.

The Big Picture [electronic resource]: The Army Combat Team

There is no accurate way to fully describe a battle that occurs in a time of war. This is the premise of this episode of the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series. Set in the rugged terrain of the Korean peninsula, this video from the National Archives and Records Administration compares a news bulletin from a daily paper to the actual fire-power versus manpower fight between the Infantry, Artillery Armor and Army Aviation and the Communists. Lieutenant Colonel Robert Pridgin, former Battalion Commander with the 7th Division in Korea and the recipient of a profusion of prestigious medals and honors, gives a personal report on the efficiency of the Army Combat Team.
Online
2007
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The WPA Film Library [electronic resource]: RAF Supplies China by Air, 1945

World War II - RAF planes fly over Himalayas to supply Chinese Army
Online
1945
52.

The WPA Film Library [electronic resource]: New Military Weapons, 1945

World War II - Military Technology. Rocket firing planes, boats and vehicles on display.
Online
1945
53.

The WPA Film Library [electronic resource]: Kamikaze Attack on the USS Franklin, 1945

World War II - American aircraft carrier Franklin is hit by Japanese planes
Online
1945
54.

The WPA Film Library [electronic resource]: US Air Raid of Manila, 1945

World War II - American naval planes carry out a raid on Manila in the Philippines.
Online
1945
55.

The WPA Film Library [electronic resource]: Ejection Seat, ca. 1946

Ejection seat tests/training for jet aircraft
Online
1946
56.

The WPA Film Library [electronic resource]: Unofficial Speed Record Set, 1946

Group Captain Donaldson achieves unofficial fastest speed (626 mph) in Gloucester Meteor jet plane.
Online
1946
57.

The WPA Film Library [electronic resource]: Military Planes, 1949

Demonstrations of L-80 fighter, P-84 fighter, P-80, B-17.
Online
1949
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The WPA Film Library [electronic resource]: Reactivating Navy Planes, 1950

US Navy planes removed from storage to fight in Korea
Online
1950
60.

The WPA Film Library [electronic resource]: Wind Tunnel, 1950

Canadian lab with wind tunnel setup to test model planes
Online
1950