An aviator’s life in a time of war
An aviator’s life, the way it’s seen and the sacrifices he made to get there has been immortalised in a new film by the US Army Aviation Museum.
Aviation America, a documentary by US Army Airborne veteran Mark Reuss, tells the story of the legendary aviator who flew across the Atlantic and back again in a B-17 and his family’s plane.
The film, set to air on the US Channel 4 in 2017, was created with the support of the US military’s National Endowment for the Arts and will tell the story from the perspective of the family who had the plane in their hands.
It is the story behind an American hero and aviator.
When Reuss was a teenager, his family had a B17 aircraft.
“I remember flying into England and going back to the airport, landing on the runway, taking off, taking the engine out, putting it in reverse and putting it back in the ground,” Reuss told News.au.
Reuss says it was his family who would have flown it back to Australia.
That’s where he got the idea of making a film.
“My parents would get out of the car and drive us to the back of the airport and pick up the plane.
My mother would go to the engine bay, and I would go up the aisle and go get the engine, put the propeller in reverse, put it back into the ground and fly it.”
Reus said the family would spend days taking photos and film footage.
“They would have a whole day’s worth of footage to do it in,” he said.
“I think the only thing that really changed from the time I was a kid was the time that I got to fly.”
The family eventually landed the plane, but it had been on a tour in Italy.
“We had to have it back there and we got the engine back in,” Reus said.
As the plane was returned to Australia, Reuss and his father would go on another trip to Italy.
He recalled, “When we got to Rome, I was driving the car in the desert.
The weather was really hot and I had a really bad back cold and a really big blockage in my neck.”
His father would later take him to Italy, and Reuss would fly back to Sydney on a chartered B-29, the same plane he was taking to England.
During his time on the B-25, he flew over England, taking his son on a cruise in the Mediterranean.
In the end, the family flew back to America, but Reuss found it difficult to get to work.
“There were so many restrictions, the time, the weather, the people, the whole package,” he explained.
This is a journey that he has taken and that he’s still flying today, but he has to be a little bit careful.
“The first thing you notice when you’re on a plane is the noise, and that’s something that you can’t really get over,” he told News, “but as the years went on, you could see the improvements and the improvements became apparent.”
He’s now a full time pilot, flying a B61-200, an aircraft he is still proud of.
“It’s just amazing to think that the B61 is my family plane and my plane has made it,” he added.
His family also flew a B749, which they had bought for him.
But the journey was not without setbacks.
“You know you can be a pilot and you can fly, and it’s going to be your life,” Reiss said.
“But when you are in a war, you have to make choices and make sacrifices.”
This is my life and this is what I’ve sacrificed for, but I still have a job to do.
“Reuss and Reus’ documentary also looks at the history of the B917, the aircraft that took out the Soviet Union in World War II.
Its first flight took place in May 1942 and was the first of many B-47s that the US Air Force would fly in the coming years.
After World War I, the US had one of the largest and most successful air forces in the world.”
That’s the first time that a war took place that really affected the United States,” Reys said.
He said the plane had become a symbol of the country.
While flying in the Pacific in the early 1930s, Reus witnessed the destruction of the Japanese city of Hiroshima, and his memories were still fresh.
With the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Reiss flew the B744 as it flew towards Tokyo.
Atomic bombs were dropped in the US on more than 200 cities, killing more than half a million people.
And the B57 bomber that flew over Nagasaki,