Narrated by Hal Holbrook, Silent Wings – The American Glider Pilots of WWII reveals the critical role gliders played in World War II offensives. Thousands of lives were saved and battles won because of their efforts.
From the early race to build gliders to the D-Day invasion at Normandy and Nazi Germany’s final surrender, Silent Wings – The American Glider Pilots of WWII narrated by Hal Holbrook, reveals the critical role gliders played in World War II offensives. Through rare archival footage and photographs, the film places the audience right at the center of the action in the dangerous world of the American glider pilot.
During WWII, 6000 young Americans volunteered to fly large unarmed cargo gliders into battle. For these glider pilots every mission was do-or-die. It was their task to repeatedly risk their lives landing the men and tools of war deep within enemy-held territory, often in complete darkness.
Thousands of lives were saved and battles won because of their efforts. In fact, one pilot interviewed said – the ‘G’ in their emblem didn’t stand for glider; it stood for ‘guts’.
►Virtual walk through tour of the Silent Wings Museum in Lubbock, Texas
►Interview with Robert Child about the project and putting the film together
Release Date: 13 September 2010
Certificate: E - Exempt from Certification
Narrated by: Hal Holbrook
Mr. Holbrook has appeared in 50 television movies and mini-series and in nearly 40 feature films to date. Nominated for 12 Emmy Awards and Inducted into the New York Theatre Hall of Fame in 2000.
TECHNICAL NOTES: Widescreen, Dolby® Digital 2.0 and 5.1 Surround Sound, DTS 5.1 Surround Sound, Region Zero, Closed-Captioned: CC, Colour / Black & White