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At the Movies: Take Two

World War I airplanes star in a feature film about the Lafayette Escadrille.

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Hollywood Has Always Loved the Airplane
Our listing (
by no means complete)of aviation-themed films.

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A Dash Through the Clouds (1912)
Director: Mack Sennett
A silent black-and-white short featuring a couple of love triangles and a biplane.

Wings (1927)
Director: William A. Wellman
The tale of two friends in love with the same woman, who's in love with someone else, and then there's that girl-next-door who's in love with one of the friends. Oh, and the friends become pilots in World War I.

Hell's Angels (1930)
Director: Howard Hughes
Howard Hughes' infamous film about two Royal Flying Corps pilots in World War I was an enormous undertaking, and ended up killing several of the stunt pilots. The film is rife with fantastically daring flying sequences.

Devil's Squadron (1936)
Director: Erle Kenton
As test pilot deaths mount, a young woman is forced to close her late father's aircraft manufacturing company. (Not to worry-the hero test pilot eventually saves the day.)

The Dawn Patrol (1938)
Director: Edmund Goudling
Errol Flynn, Basil Rathbone, and David Niven star in a story about an English Royal Flying Corps Squadron in France during World War I.

Test Pilot (1938)
Director: Victor Fleming
Clark Gable is a daring test pilot, Myrna Loy is his love interest, and Spencer Tracy is his trusty mechanic.

Flying Tigers (1942)
Director: David Miller
John Wayne swaggers, this time as a pilot, in this film based on the Flying Tigers, an all-American volunteer squadron that fought against the Japanese in World War II.

Wing and a Prayer (1944)
Director: Henry Hathaway
Naval aviation takes center stage in this movie about an aircraft carrier sent on a decoy mission in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Look for the "Japanese" fighters-Grumman F4F Wildcats and Douglas SBD Dauntless bombers dressed up to look like the enemy.

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