Oldies and Oddities: The Disney War Plan
- By Stephen Joiner
- Air & Space magazine, July 2009
CRADLE OF AVIATION MUSEUM
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The film was released to mediocre box office, middling reviews, and some relief in Washington: Disney cut Seversky’s strident Navy-bashing, belittling of aircraft manufacturers, and snarky remarks about beloved Army Air Forces General Hap Arnold.
Disney fan Winston Churchill arranged a screening for Franklin Roosevelt at the 1943 Quebec Conference. By then, victory through conventional strategy appeared within reach. But one of the film’s driving themes, an independent air force, became reality in 1947.
Victory Through Air Power lost over $400,000, and Disney, in his authorized biography, called his involvement “a stupid thing to do.” But he believed in aviation, he added. “And for no other reason than that, I did it.”
Stephen Joiner writes about aviation from his home in Southern California.