Chain Lightning

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Chain Lightning movie poster.

Movie (1950)
French title : Pilote du diable

Humphrey Bogart (Lt. Col. Matthew "Matt" Brennan)
Eleanor Parker (Joan "Jo" Holloway)
Raymond Massey (Leland Willis)
Richard Whorf (Carl Troxell)

Matt, a former B-17 captain, is now instructor in his own flying school. But a student breaks his only plane. Then, he meets Jo, a former WAAF he loved in England in 1944; as secretary of the CEO of the Willis Aircraft Corporation, she gives him the chance to become the test pilot of the newest rocket plane.

Willis JA-3 (fictional aircraft)

Fictionnal rocket plane seen through a model...

ChainLightning JA-3 flying.jpg

or through non flyable mock (built from a P-39).

The undercarriage is clearly that of a P-39.
ChainLightning JA-3 43mn35.JPG
ChainLightning JA-3 drag-chute.JPG

This fictionnal aircraft has an escape crew capsule, something rarely seen in aviation (and never at the time of the movie).

Ejection seen during a test in the wind tunnel.

North American F-86 Sabre

Seen from the soil and playing the flying JA-3.

ChainLightning F-86.JPG

Boeing B-17F Flying Fortress

ChainLightning B-17F.JPG
ChainLightning B-17F 4mn32.JPG
B-17F (s/n 42-3360).

Later, graveyard of Flying Fortresses (scene taken from the 1946 movie The Best Years of Our Lives).

ChainLightning B-17 graveyard 20mn24.JPG

Messerschmitt Bf 109

A glimpse showing an exploding Bf 109.

ChainLightning Bf-109 9mn05.JPG

Focke-Wulfe Fw 190A

Fw 190 A of JG1 'Oesau'.

Supermarine Spitfire

Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

ChainLightning Spitfire 9mn09.JPG

Messerschmitt Me 163 B-1 Komet

Several scenes displaying glimpses of the german rocket fighter.

ChainLightning Me-163 9mn20.JPG
ChainLightning Me-163 9mn28.JPG
ChainLightning Me-163 9mn32.JPG
ChainLightning Me-163 9mn33.JPG
A model B-17 put in front of a camera gun footage ?

Hawker Hurricane

On the wall, a poster of Churchill with the slogan : let us go forward together.
This displaying tanks and Hawker Hurricanes.

ChainLightning Churchill-Hurricane 17mn.jpg

Stinson Flying Station Wagon

According Wikipedia, the Stinson Flying Station Wagon is a derivative of the Stinson 108.

ChainLightning Stinson 21mn04.JPG
ChainLightning Stinson 21mn14.JPG

Douglas C-47 Skytrain

ChainLightning C-47 21mn34.JPG

Lockheed F-80C Shooting Star

ChainLightning P-80C 21mn50.JPG

Last check is done on FT-500 and FT-508.

F-80C-10-LO FT-500 (s/n 49 500).
F-80C-10-LO FT-500 (s/n 49 500).

Sikorsky VS-44

A desk model.

ChainLightning Sikorsky VS44.jpg

Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress

By position on wings to the fuselage, very likely a B-17 on the poster, at left.

Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress.

Douglas DC-4

In the background, a Douglas airliner. A DC-4 would match quite well.

Douglas DC-4.

Lockheed L-649 Constellation

And now, a Lockheed Constellation of Eastern Air Lines, then should be a L-649.

Lockheed L-649 Constellation of Eastern Air Lines.

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