This video contains the actual, uncut 8mm home movies filmed by an Air Force airman at the 5th Air Force Water Training Center, Numazu Japan, during his tour from 1959-60.
Begins with the construction of the training center. Pretty cool to see it go incrementally from nothing to completion.
Scenes of Marine helicopters in-flight, then at the training center. Then a flight demonstration. On land classes show raft procedures, as well as how to light smokes and flares, and firing flare guns.
The real meat and potatoes of this video are the fantastic water survival and training scenes filmed in the ocean. From floating in cold-water survival suits to climbing in rafts to being towed by an LST simulating being dragged by a parachute as the trainee releases the risers and simulated parachute. A lot of time is spent in the water. As a former Naval Aviation Rescue Swimmer, I really enjoyed watching this stuff!!
We then see scenes filmed after the training center was heavily damaged by a typhoon, as well as clean-up and reconstruction efforts.
The video ends with land survival training around Camp Fuji. It is obviously very cold. The guy who put this together included what his notes call a dream sequence, a short sequence filmed in a bar with two topless Japanese women. Not tasteless, and I decided to leave as is.
This is simply a fantastic look at Air Force survival training in the late 1950s and early 1960s. This is a great DVD to show your family what you did and how you trained as a young man. in the Air Force.
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