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Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP14 Nov 2016 9:53 p.m. PST

SInce Tango forgot to phrase his dsicussion in the form of a poll:

What is your favourite aerial dogfight in a movie?

hetzer14 Nov 2016 10:27 p.m. PST

Blue Max.

Tommy2014 Nov 2016 10:33 p.m. PST

The Final Countdown

Coyotepunc and Hatshepsuut14 Nov 2016 10:52 p.m. PST

Star Wars IV: A New Hope

AussieAndy Supporting Member of TMP14 Nov 2016 11:51 p.m. PST

The Great Waldo Pepper

Personal logo Doms Decals Sponsoring Member of TMP Inactive Member15 Nov 2016 4:19 a.m. PST

Beaten to it I see – there's only one horse in this race:

YouTube link

MacrossMartin Inactive Member15 Nov 2016 5:58 a.m. PST

But the question is dogfight IN a movie; not movie with a dogfight.

For me, it's the scene in Battle of Britain when the new kid in a Spitfire squadron doesn't follow the rest of his formation, gets separated, and promptly shot down by a 109 that he never saw coming.

No cute dialogue, no drawn out heroics, no flashback. That always left an impression on me.

nazrat15 Nov 2016 7:21 a.m. PST

"But the question is dogfight IN a movie; not movie with a dogfight."

Maybe I'm just a bit muddled this morning but I see no difference in the two!

My favorite is this one from the fabulous short film The German. link

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP15 Nov 2016 7:49 a.m. PST

* Aces High final dogfight.

* Wings First Dogfight
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Major Mike15 Nov 2016 7:59 a.m. PST

Hells Angels

Darkest Star Games Sponsoring Member of TMP15 Nov 2016 8:07 a.m. PST

When that kid in Iron Eagle does his gun run on the enemy.

….and I am Soooo kidding…

Dynaman878915 Nov 2016 8:11 a.m. PST

Another vote for Star Wars – granted it is not really a dogfight with airplanes but it ripped it off from them and is done perfectly.

Actual whole movie worth of dogfights – Area 88.

richarDISNEY Inactive Member15 Nov 2016 8:12 a.m. PST

Red Tails

Roderick Robertson Fezian15 Nov 2016 8:55 a.m. PST

My favorite precursor to a dogfight is the "Repeat Please" sequence from Battle of Britain.

The dogfight scene itself, not so much.

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Ostroc15 Nov 2016 9:34 a.m. PST

The Blue Max

USAFpilot15 Nov 2016 9:39 a.m. PST

Ok, I'll go ahead and say the all too obvious choice since no one else will Top Gun. Great aerial camera footage of modern fighters with somewhat believable scenes of the actors pretending to be fighter pilots. From scanning the sky for 'bandits', to feeling the physical stress of pulling high G maneuvers, the movie did a pretty good job of portraying the drama of it all.

Phil DAmato15 Nov 2016 10:00 a.m. PST

I have three that I love.

From WWI era..I love Blue Max. I also really enjoy the final dogfight in Waldo Pepper.

From WWII..Battle of Britain. I can watch this movie a hundred times and still love seeing bf-109s, Heinkels, Spitfires and Hurricanes in glorious color.

Post War…I like Top Gun. I love the Jets zooming around. I get the sense of my face plastered on the cockpit glassas I search for that elusive MiG.


DeRuyter Supporting Member of TMP15 Nov 2016 10:56 a.m. PST

The Blue Max

dagc54 Inactive Member15 Nov 2016 11:32 a.m. PST

I agree, The Blue Max.

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP15 Nov 2016 11:41 a.m. PST

BoB all the dogfight scenes, not the bomber-killing

Personal logo David Manley Supporting Member of TMP15 Nov 2016 1:31 p.m. PST

The Peter Jackson dogfight movie at the Australian War Memorial was awesome. Does anyone know, do they still show it there?

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP15 Nov 2016 1:37 p.m. PST

Hot shots! Where he beat to iraqi planes with his wings.

tigrifsgt15 Nov 2016 2:41 p.m. PST

Final dogfight in Top Gun. (You're gonna do what?)

Jim Selzer15 Nov 2016 2:59 p.m. PST

Blue Max all the way

Don Manser15 Nov 2016 8:27 p.m. PST

Hells Angels

Fatman Inactive Member15 Nov 2016 8:50 p.m. PST

YouTube link

Next question?


Personal logo Doms Decals Sponsoring Member of TMP Inactive Member16 Nov 2016 3:35 a.m. PST

Oh I like that one…. :-)

richarDISNEY Inactive Member16 Nov 2016 8:21 a.m. PST

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

leidang16 Nov 2016 9:42 a.m. PST

Final dogfight in the Great Waldo Pepper

Fatman Inactive Member16 Nov 2016 9:48 a.m. PST

Dom I juast found out its on Netflix now all I have to do is steal Beccas account details to watch it.


Patrick Sexton Supporting Member of TMP16 Nov 2016 10:29 a.m. PST

The Blue Max.

Major Mike16 Nov 2016 11:30 a.m. PST
Great War Ace Inactive Member16 Nov 2016 12:29 p.m. PST

@Nazrat: EXCELLENT. Thanks for sharing. Love the surprise ending. I had no idea.

Great War Ace Inactive Member16 Nov 2016 12:31 p.m. PST

I greatly enjoy the authenticity of the flying in Wings too. Cameras onboard the planes. Actors doing all their own flying. Nothing fake whatsoever. And the neatest thing about it is that the planes are all original.

Blue Max is a pretty film but a far cry from the genuine "swoop" achieved in Wings.

Nothing else comes to mind as a stand out above the rest. I just love dogfight sequences, from biplanes to jets.

Although I have to qualify that with hating a lot of the CGI crap that passes for real airplanes. The laws of physics are dead to CGI.

codiver17 Nov 2016 7:18 a.m. PST

The Battle of Britain!

The dogfights are great; however, when they switch to the model plane blowing up it does lose a lot.

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