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Okay so there is plenty of movies with aviation themes, and TV shows. Thought it would be good to have a place to share them 

 

Being of a younger and internet raised generation I've been enjoying anime related to aviation. That I'm not sure how well known they would be on this forum.

 

Some of you may have seen "the wind rises". It was on SBS last weekend several times. And is an (heavily fictionalized) account of the designer of the Japanese zero's life. The artwork alone makes it worth watching 

 

The creator also does a film called "porco rosso" which with the protagonist being an ace pilot turned into a pig, and sky pirates is a bit more lighthearted.

 

"The princess and the pilot" along with "sky crawlers" have some of the best dogfight scenes. Shows the strength of anime, allowing worlds that couldn't be shown using western film and CGI. Immersive story telling.

 

For jets nothing beats "area 88" a whole series dedicated to the story of a Japanese pilot tricked by a friend to sign a contract to be a mercanary. Who's only option is to fight to earn enough to buy himself out of the contract. Wide variety of jets used. 

 

Special mention goes to "last exile"

Doesn't use aircraft but "vanships" (think biplanes with no wings) once again stunning art and impressive characters/story

 

 

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There was a good discussion of this topic a few years back. 

"The Flight of the Phoenix" (original version) is one of the best.

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Oh and to get them out of the way,

 

Top gun (high water mark)

The aviator

Iron eagle

The red baron

Flyboys (guilty pleasure)

Red tails

Flight of the intruder

Hot shots (love the low flying down mainstreet)

Catch 22

Pearl harbor (chick flick done right!)

Stealth (almost forgot. Really should have)

 

Squadron 303 (Huricanes)

Is a great polish film about the battle of Britain and polish pilots involved.

 

Haven't found an English copy of "sky fighters" yet.

 

 

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A couple of WWII themed movies

Battle of Britain

Dark Blue World

Dunquirk

One about Howard Hughes

The Aviator

This one's a bit corny, but fun

The right stuff

One about space

Apollo 11 (documentary)

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The two that started the whole thing:

Howard Hughes' "Hells Angels" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hell's_Angels_(film)

Howard Hawk's "The Dawn Patrol" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dawn_Patrol_(1930_film)

 

The there was George Peppard in "The Blue Max" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Efc6Y6LCuuc

 

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Nah ... OME, I reckon the one that started it all was this:

 

Did you catch it on first release?  I'm pretty sure I did.

 

 

 

The astonishing tracking shot in the night club that opens this trailer is, IMHO, yet to be surpassed for cinematic invention to this day. And that's even before considering the astonishing aerial cinematography. It really shows that the great Hollywood director William Wellman had been a pilot in WWI himself.  The story of the making of this classic is amazing. 

 

Wings poster.jpg

 

 

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wings_(1927_film)

 

But then there was this, made a few years before.  Hmmmm ... the less said the better.

 

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Caught the end of Hughes's last film, "Jet Pilot" with John Wayne,

thought it wasn't half bad for a Sunday afternoon daytime viewing

 

haven't seen "the great waldo pepper" yet

 

and we cant forget the immortal classic

"Magnificent men, and their flying machines"

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A good movie though not a lot of flying scenes. The film No Highway in the Sky (based on Neville Shute's book), was produced in Britain and released during June 1951. It was about metal fatigue.  During the same period, the de Haviland Company designed and put into service the de Haviland Comet. Life imitating art.

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#1. SKYWARD - Bette Davis, Suzy Gilstrap, Howard Hesseman.

#2. Never tell me never. (australian telemovie) Claudia Karvan.

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Cloud Dancer sparked my love of the Pitts aircraft, pretty dodgy by modern movie standards-no CGI back then.  

At school (early 80's)we watched an old film on reels with a bunch of kids stopping bad guys with remote control spitfires- RC gear had 1 stick and as huge. I have never been

able to find out what it was called. After that I started building model aircraft.

 

 

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Shameless plug:

 

There is always an aviation movie on the Friday evening before the Burnett Flyers' Breakfast Fly-in(at Murgon YMRG). Coming up August 10th.

Movies seen so far:

 

High Road to China

Empire of the Sun

The Blue Max

Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines

The Right Stuff

The Aviator

Fly Away Home

American Made

Always

Sully

 

Coming attractions:

 

The Great Waldo Pepper

Flying High(Airplane in the US)

The Final Countdown

Catch-22

Apollo 13

Top Gun

Fly Boys

Battle of Britain

 

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