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NEW DOCUMENTARY FILM DEMONSTRATES PENTAGON DIFFICULTIES ASSESSING AIR WAR ACCURACY

 NEW DOCUMENTARY FILM DEMONSTRATES
 PENTAGON DIFFICULTIES ASSESSING AIR WAR ACCURACY
 Blue Heron Films (Louisville) Delivers New Aviation Program
 to Time-Life Video & Television
 LOUISVILLE, Ky., May 19 /PRNewswire/ -- A newly released documentary film contains previously unreleased footage taken from gulf war F117 Stealth, F111F and British Tornado gun cameras.
 The series, titled "Frontline Pilots," is a five-part program produced by Blue Heron Films for Time-Life Video & Television. "Time- Life is the preeminent direct marketers of books and tapes and their selection of this series for the 1993 product offerings was a tremendous honor for us," said Blue Heron Films Chairman, Daniel P. Knopf. "Time-Life is extremely well known in aviation circles," continued Knopf.
 "Much has been said about the individual military jets, but little of their mission, the tactics they use to fly the missions and the demands on the pilots," said Doug Keeney, series producer and company CEO. "In making this series, we talked to the pilots with combat experience and tried to understand how they got into a target, what maneuvers they flew, what design and performance features of their aircraft helped them accomplish their mission," said Keeney.
 "Because this is the first full aviation series since the gulf war, we knew we'd uncover historically significant anecdotes from combat. One incredibly vivid piece of gun camera footage provokes the viewer to consider the definition and meaning of accuracy -- just as the Pentagon has had to. In this segment, an F111F whizzo locks up his target, releases his bomb only to have his target blown up by another jet. He put his cross hairs on another building -- and it too is blasted.
 Ultimately his bomb hits the sand. The pilot obviously had free reign over the target -- and this was scored as a miss -- but is it an indictment of the weapon system's accuracy?" said Keeney.
 Of interest to historians are newly documented episodes of air war heroics. "A curator at the Smithsonian gave us a lead on the KC135 tanker story. He passed on a rumor that a jet had two engines torn off the same wing," said Knopf. "That's pretty unusual -- perhaps a first in aviation. Not only were we able to confirm the story, but we found footage of the jet and interviews with the pilot that got it home." The series also contains pilot narration of a Navy damaged A7 forced to land on the carrier with a 1000 pound bomb under its wing, cockpit recordings between an F16 pilot and his wingman before one is forced to eject from his burning jet, and footage of the F22 advanced tactical fighter, the last footage before its crash.
 "Frontline Pilots" will be available from Memorial Day weekend in various air museums. It will be offered to the general public by Time-Life in the fall of this year.
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 /EDITOR NOTE: Footage available/
 /CONTACT: C. Gimbel of Blue Heron Films, 502-581-1900/ CO: Blue Heron Films ST: Kentucky IN: ENT SU: PDT


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