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Fighter Squadron movie poster.

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

Starring:
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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