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    Masters of the Air

    Anyone watching this series? And what are your thoughts?

    I have been reading several reviews, but as always, some are very positive and some a less positive. Especially in comparison with the Band of Brothers and Pacific series.

    I don't have Apple TV so I have only seen the (many) highlights at YouTube so far.

    Cheers,
    Huub






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    Im waiting for all eps to be released, and when im on holiday in March, i'll binge the whole lot in one go

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    The Membership is probably aware of this; if you're interested in watching Masters Of The Air but need more Background about how the 8th AF went about their business watch the 1943 documentary "Target For Today". It explains all of the work that went into planning and executing a 'Maximum Effort' into Festung Europa.

    Also pick up a copy of Flying Fortress by Edward Jablonski, still the definitive work on the B-17 and also tells the story of the 100th BG.


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    Also pick up a copy of Flying Fortress by Edward Jablonski
    Always happy for a book recommendation, Ive just finished Big Week by James Holland, a more general history but tells the story well. I dont know if anyone here does podcast's, but the "We have Ways" pod by James and Al Murray is worth a listen,

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    My fiancée has access to all sorts of cable stuff and a huge TV so we were able to watch a couple of episodes. When I return to Fairbanks I'll just have to wait for a while to try to somehow catch up with the rest. We have a saying amongst aviators that a story only needs to be little bit true and I suspect that there are some related stories in here that fit that criteria. (mmmm F35 just flew overhead). Maybe CGI a little over the top, having formation streaming contrails at low altitude approaching African Coast? Interesting to watch and wonder at the tremendous effort to produce, pilots, planes and engines for often a very limited deployment life. Some 20,000 air crew were killed in training, my dad lost 5 friends in Primary Navy Flight training during the war. As many were killed in training for D-Day as were killed in the original assault, about 6,000.

    It did show the top leadership go at any cost attitude, this was really true in the Aleutians where almost all losses were due to weather. Looking forward to seeing the rest!

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    I've watched the first four episodes and so far I've enjoyed it. Good character development and excellent air combat scenes... Maybe a little excessive but after all it IS Hollywood and it's about the men and not the special effects. The CGI of bombers in formation is really impressive. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens now that one of the series' main characters, Maj. Gale "Buck" Cleven (played by Austin Butler) has been shot down on the second Bremen raid. Will definitely get the series when it comes out on DVD.

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    A large part of the European Air War was fought above my country, which alone is already a reason to purchase this series as soon as it is released on DVD.

    Like Band of Brothers and Pacific, it will be worth the money.

    Cheers,
    Huub

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