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Me 163: Wings of Fire DVD

Me 163: Wings of Fire DVD

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Taking to the skies over Germany in the final days of World War II, the Messerschmitt ME-163 was the world's first rocket-powered fighter. This DVD release from contains the following:

  • an original short film covering the exciting history of the first rocket-propelled fighter to see combat
  • flight testing and development footage of the early ME-163A and the operational ME-163B, with special audio commentary tracks
  • coverage of Walter engine testing, with audio commentary
  • a vintage US Army Air Corps briefing on the ME-163, with original audio
  • World War II gun camera films, including shots of the ME-163B in combat
  • rare footage of ME-163 catapult launch testing with audio commentary
  • fascinating coverage of Reinhold Tiling's early research on rocket-boosted gliders with audio commentary
  • footage of early German rocket vehicle testing by Sander, Valier, and von Opel with audio commentary
  • coverage of the Lake Greenwood Mail Rocket, a 1936 attempt to launch mail via rocket-powered glider
  • still photos of the ME-163, accessible via DVD slide show or computer DVD-ROM drive
  • a special “Modeler’s Notes” audio commentary track

Running time approximately 98 minutes, NTSC. DVD encoded for all regions. All images courtesy USAF and NARA unless otherwise noted. Compilation ©2006, This DVD contains both silent and sound film elements.