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Season 5 Episode 2

Spanish-American War Rifle; Remembering the Maine; SR-71 Blackbird; U-2 Spy Plane; Training for Extreme Battlefield Conditions

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Jul 11, 2004 on The History Channel
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Spanish-American War Rifle; Remembering the Maine; SR-71 Blackbird; U-2 Spy Plane; Training for Extreme Battlefield Conditions
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R. Lee Ermey, who played the sergeant in Full Metal Jacket, applies his gruff sense of humor in this half-hour series that answers viewers' mail about what the armed forces were, and really are, like! In this episode, he demonstrates the firepower of a Krag-Jorgenson rifle from the Spanish-American War; then explains what sank the USS Maine; and catches up with history's fastest plane, the SR-71 Blackbird and finds out what went wrong with its predecessor, the U-2 spy plane. Then, he visits the Northern Warfare Training Center in Ft. Wainwright, Alaska, and answers a question about how extreme cold weather helped the WWII Allies in the Battle of Stalingrad.moreless
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