Documentary: Wings of Victory - Keeping our Warbirds Flying airs on Veterans Day at Daytona State
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 28, 2015) – As World War II veterans dwindle in number and preservationists work to capture their experiences, Daytona State College's public television station has created a documentary on restoring the planes they flew.
Wings of Victory - Keeping our Warbirds Flying, produced by WDSC-TV staff, takes a look inside American Aero Services – a New Smyrna Beach company that restores these relics, and introduces some of the dedicated men who flew them in battle.
World War II was the biggest conflict the world has known, with U.S. aircraft and their brave crews playing a pivotal role in the allied victory. Of the tens of thousands of military aircraft produced during the war, only a handful of "warbirds" remain flying today.
The documentary showcases restoration of a P-51 Mustang and a ride-along with the Collings Foundation crew in the iconic "Nine-O-Nine" B-17 and the B-24 Liberator "Witchcraft," as they took to the skies for their 2015 nationwide tour.
After 70 years, these warbirds need modern engineering and the skills of dedicated aircraft-restoration specialists to keep them in the air. Students in Daytona State's School of Engineering Technology will benefit from the documentary, with segments chosen to enhance online course content.
The WDSC-TV production airs on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, at 9 p.m. with sneak premiers at 6 p.m. on Nov. 7 and 8. Preview: https://youtu.be/8N6xJ4OpMwI.
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