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08 Nov 2018 8:52 p.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian08 Nov 2018 8:39 p.m. PST

Looking for your favorite film that features aircraft (not spacecraft or balloons).

Winston Smith08 Nov 2018 8:50 p.m. PST

Blue Max

Battle of Britain

That should be enough to kick things off.

torokchar Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2018 8:51 p.m. PST

Blue Max

Dave Schmid Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2018 8:52 p.m. PST

Still love Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (B-25's).

Onomarchos Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2018 9:26 p.m. PST

Dam Busters

Onomarchos Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2018 9:27 p.m. PST

The Dam Busters

T Corret Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2018 9:40 p.m. PST


Forager08 Nov 2018 10:28 p.m. PST

Blue Max is my personal favorite, but I'll add Memphis Belle and 303 Squadron to the mix, also.

McWong7308 Nov 2018 10:52 p.m. PST

Many for WW2, but have found Blue Max to be the only really good one for WW1.

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2018 11:36 p.m. PST

Battle of Britain, closely followed by Tora, Tora, Tora.

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2018 11:38 p.m. PST

Battle of Britain, closely followed by Tora, Tora, Tora…with an honourable mention to Top Gun!

23rdFusilier Supporting Member of TMP09 Nov 2018 12:37 a.m. PST

Dawn Patrol (1938)
Hells Angles
Blue Max
Fly Boys
Battle of Britian
Twelve O'Clock High

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP09 Nov 2018 3:21 a.m. PST

Memphis Belle
12 O'clock high
Flying Tigers

langobard Supporting Member of TMP09 Nov 2018 3:28 a.m. PST

Battle of Britain
Tora, Tora, Tora
Blue Max

Personal logo Florida Tory Supporting Member of TMP09 Nov 2018 4:30 a.m. PST

Dawn Patrol, either version 1930 with Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. or 1938 with Errol Flynn, Basil Rathbone and David Niven.

12 O'Clock High

Battle Hymn

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP09 Nov 2018 5:10 a.m. PST

12 O'Clock High

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP09 Nov 2018 5:48 a.m. PST

Blue Max.
Battle of Britain.
12 O'Clock High.
Tora Tora Tora.
Dawn Patrol.

skippy0001 Supporting Member of TMP09 Nov 2018 6:11 a.m. PST

Malificent-no plane required.

YouTube link

Ragbones Supporting Member of TMP09 Nov 2018 6:13 a.m. PST

High Road to China
Tora, Tora, Tora
Battle of Britain
The Blue Max

Schogun Supporting Member of TMP09 Nov 2018 6:45 a.m. PST

Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines?

…and mos of the above.

Major Mike09 Nov 2018 7:36 a.m. PST

Hells Angels
Der Stern von Africa
Target for Tonight

TNE230009 Nov 2018 7:36 a.m. PST

Thunderbolt (1947)
Fighter Squadron (1948)

Winston Smith09 Nov 2018 7:47 a.m. PST

The High and the Mughty

22ndFoot09 Nov 2018 7:56 a.m. PST

Battle of Britain
The Dam Busters
Reach for the Sky
Target for Tonight
Dawn Patrol (1938)

Old Wolfman09 Nov 2018 7:58 a.m. PST


Oppiedog09 Nov 2018 8:08 a.m. PST

Hell's Angels
The Eagle and the Hawk
Dawn Patrol (both versions)
Air Force
12 O'Clock High

Allen5709 Nov 2018 8:29 a.m. PST

Top Gun (ducks and runs). Poor movie but the shots of the F14s are great.
Battle of Britain and Tora,Tora,Tora for similar reasons.

Major Mike09 Nov 2018 9:37 a.m. PST

Flight of the Phoenix (with Jimmy Stewart).

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP09 Nov 2018 10:25 a.m. PST

Battle of Britain
Top Gun.

JimSelzer Supporting Member of TMP09 Nov 2018 1:55 p.m. PST

Blue Max
12 O'clock high
Memphis Belle

foxweasel09 Nov 2018 2:26 p.m. PST

Dam Busters

USAFpilot Supporting Member of TMP09 Nov 2018 3:10 p.m. PST

Dr. Strangelove

As a former military pilot, I think this movie has the most realistic aircrew interactions I have ever seen in a movie.

Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP09 Nov 2018 9:24 p.m. PST

633 Squadron
The Dam Busters
The Right Stuff
Spirit of St. Louis
The Aviator
Flight of the Intruder
Air America
Mosquito Squadron
Hell's Angels
Empire of the Sun
Fail Safe
Good Kill
Battle of Britain
Blue Max
Memphis Belle
Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines
Strategic Air Command
The Hindenburg
Catch 22
Tora Tora Tora
Top Gun
Dawn Patrol
Bombers B-52

BuckeyeBob10 Nov 2018 5:04 p.m. PST

Strategic Air Command
Jimmy Stewart and co-staring the big, beautiful
Convair B-36 with supporting roles by B47 Stratojet and June Allyson.

Chuckaroobob10 Nov 2018 11:03 p.m. PST

The Great Waldo Pepper

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP11 Nov 2018 4:02 p.m. PST

The Rocketeer.

genew4912 Nov 2018 7:25 a.m. PST

1938 Dawn Patrol
Air Force
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo

Toy Soldier Green12 Nov 2018 9:59 p.m. PST

Fly Boys

14Bore13 Nov 2018 3:24 p.m. PST

Battle of Britain
12 O'clock High
Dam Busters

Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP13 Nov 2018 7:39 p.m. PST

The scene in Strategic Air Command of the B-36 taking off, takes my breath away.

Ferozopore15 Nov 2018 4:07 p.m. PST

Battle of Britain
Sink the Bismarck…. I just love the Swordfish.
It was customary pre-war for Boeing bombers to be photographed with Mt. Rainier in the background. Having recently moved to Seattle, I enjoy the shot in Strategic Air Command of Jummt Stewart's B-47 flying past Rainier.
12 O'clock High, the sheer courage of what the B-17 crews did day after day is awesome.
Blue Max.

Elenderil11 Dec 2018 4:34 p.m. PST

Can I add Angels one five and The way to the stars to the list.

NavyVet11 Dec 2018 11:07 p.m. PST

Island in th Sky, with John Wayne. Transport pilots flying C47 trying to survive a forced landing in the far north just after WW 2. Any movie with the Duke is good.
This gives you an idea what it was like flying in the days before advanced navigation systems became common.

joedog23 Dec 2018 5:58 p.m. PST

"Strategic Air Command
Jimmy Stewart and co-staring the big, beautiful
Convair B-36 with supporting roles by B47 Stratojet and June Allyson."

Have to agree that this has great aircraft scenes, as well as being a darn good film.

Twelve O'Clock High doesn't have a lot of aircraft scenes, but is a great "air power" film, as well as being a textbook film about leadership.

Piece of Cake, while technically a TV miniseries, has some great Spitfire scenes (and yes, I know that they should have been Hurricanes).

Personal logo Mserafin Supporting Member of TMP31 Dec 2018 9:59 a.m. PST

Having recently moved to Seattle, I enjoy the shot in Strategic Air Command of Jummt Stewart's B-47 flying past Rainier.
12 O'clock High, the sheer courage of what the B-17 crews did day after day is awesome.

This is kind of a weird juxtaposition to me, because General James Stewart led about 20 daylight bombing raids over Germany during the war (but I think he was in B-24s by that time).

Look up "Jimmy Stewart, bomber pilot" on YouTube.

GGouveia08 Jan 2019 9:13 p.m. PST

Battle of Britain
Blue Max

SeattleGamer13 Jan 2019 2:25 p.m. PST

Twelve O'Clock High

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