The Eternal Zero (Mustangs vs Zeros scene)
The Eternal Zero (original Japanese title- Eien no Zero) is a 2013 Japanese war drama film directed by Takashi Yamazaki based on a novel by Naoki Hyakuta. The film was critisied by left and right, so must be doing something right :) In 2004 young Kentaro Oishi is repeatedly failing the national bar examination and is uncertain about his future. One day, after the funeral of his grandmother, Matsuno, he is startled to learn from his mother and older sister Keiko that his maternal grandfather Kenichiro was not his blood-relation. Keiko and Kentaro start hearing stories about their real grandfather, Kyuzo Miyabe, a Japanese Imperial Navy pilot and visit many of his former comrades many of whom say he was a coward. Kentaro finally learns the reason why Miyabe became a Kamikaze pilot during the conversation with an old comrade of his grandfather called Izaki, who is in hospital dying of cancer. Izaki talks about his relationship with their grandfather to Keiko and Kentari. Miyabe gave him the hope to save his own life after he was shot down over the ocean. I liked this film. It has a nice balance of WW2 and modern scens. The interviews with Miyabe's comrades remind me of documentary inertviews with WW2 pilots. The movies is a tad sentimental, but as I like sentimental films that's fine with me :) The film covers Miyabe's flying career over the whole war. In this scene he's training new recruits when they're attacked by US Mustangs. Miyabe findes himself in deep trouble.... As an aside, isn't it amazing how good cgi as become? I couldn't tell in this film that the aircraft (all cgi creations) weren't real aircraft. I hold no copyright for this film. If you like good WW2 dramas I recommend you buy this on dvd. In particular if you liked Eastwood's Iwo Jima I think you'll enjoy this film
Dogfight at Air Show San Diego 2014, P-51, FW-190, and P-47
Air Show San Diego Dog Fight A group of four World War 2 era fighter planes performed a mock dogfight in the skies over El Cajon (Gillespie Field) during Air Show San Diego 2014. The match-up was one Luftwaffe FW-190 versus two North American P-51 Mustangs and a P-47 Thunderbolt. This video shows taxi, takeoff, dogfight, and landing.