Like those fleeting moments of sunset… We Remember – Video tribute
This YouTube video was sent via e-mail. Like those fleeting moments of sunset; we are losing the few remaining ones Tom Brokaw dubbed “The Greatest Generation”.
First seen – Supermarine Spitfire. After the Spitfire, a B-25 “nose shot”, A Grumman F-6-F Hellcat, Odd tail shot of Century series Korean War era Jet belies it’s type. Douglas DC-3′s (AKA C-47′s, “gooney birds”) Head on shot of an F-18 Hornet – Perhaps the Superhornet variant. A group of P-51-D Mustangs – Folks these did not see action until 1944; too bad the B and C models are seldom shown which were the ones to finally turn the tide against the Luftwaffe [Toward the end of this video, there is a very short archive clip of perhaps the C models.] Actual footage of Spitfires, and stills of those valiant ones. AT-6 “Texan Trainer, w/ B-25 in background. A Grumman SBD “Dauntless” divebomber (the ones who sank three Japanese carriers at Midway) and a F4U-4 Corsair to its left, followed by Acrhive shots of them, a most famous and much used footage of a B-17-F Flying Fortress in a banking turn during take-off. The old Vet is by a B-17 -G Flying fortresses; the chin turret was to reduce losses from hair raising head on attacks by Luftwaffe pilots.
An F-4-F “Wildcat” that bore the brunt of the bad days in 42; (Butch O’Hare flew this one)
Other gut wrenching memories. I cannot describe the degree of sadness I feel for the loss of life and sacrifices made…