Fighter Squadron

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Fighter Squadron movie poster.

Movie (1948)
Also known as: Les géants du ciel

Edmond O'Brien (Major Ed Hardin)
Robert Stack (Captain Stu Hamilton)
John Rodney (Colonel Bill Brickley)
Walter Reed (Gal Gilbert)

Successful fighter pilot Major Ed Hardin is the new commander of a fighter squadron using the P-47. He adopts agressive tactics in opposition to his general officer. These hard rules become successful when he's shot down. What will headquarters decide about his follower?

Republic P-47D Thunderbolt

Sixteen Republic P-47D Thunderbolt were used for the movie and can be seen all together on some shooting.

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Messerschmitt Bf 109

From wartime footage.

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North American P-51D Mustang

First seen in the backgroung but playing no role.

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Then acting as the german fighters.

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Focke-Wulf Fw 190A

Another short wartime footage.

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Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress

Boeing B-17G, registration N1212N.

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Consolidated B-24J Liberator

Behind the crashing P-47 Thunderbolt.

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Douglas C-47 Skytrain

With a P-47 on the left, the Skytrain is in the center right of the image.

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Douglas A-26 Invader

On the left.

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Focke-Wulf Fw 200 Condor

A model kit used to represent this four engine german transport/maritime patrol aircraft.

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Junkers W 34

Through smoke and dust this Junkers liaison/school aircraft can be guess in this gun camera footage.

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Junkers Ju 87D Stuka

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

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Mitsubishi G3M

Another gun camera footage, first used in The Last Bomb.

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Nakajima J1N1

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

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Yokosuka D4Y2 Suisei

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

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Unidentifiable Aircraft

A model (perhaps a P-39) explodes.

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Various Aircraft

On the wall, wallpaper for recognition training.
(upper left row) : Twin boom glider Gotha Go 242 and Unidentified Aircraft
(bellow) : Junkers Ju 88, Junkers Ju 87 B Stuka and Dornier Do 17 Z.
(at right) : Consolidated B-24 Liberator & Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress

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Overall views during the straffing...

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