Men Against the Sky

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Men Against the Sky movie poster.

Movie (1940)
French title : A l'assaut des cieux

Richard Dix (Phil Mercedes)
Kent Taylor (Martin Ames)
Edmund Lowe (Daniel M. "Dan" McLean)
Wendy Barrie (Kay Mercedes)

(Synopsis needed)

Stearman C2B

Reg. NC4099 was a Stearman C2B (c/n 110) later upgraded to C3 standard. Registered from 1928 to 1948.
Same aircraft in other movies at Frequently Seen Aircraft (Civil Fixed-Wing).

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The model used for flight action is slighty different in the paint scheme.

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This aircraft, like many others, is represented by a fairly realistic model... except for the always grotesque kinematics !

Crash scene with the aircraft bouncing against the roof!

Curtiss C-46

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McLean Aircraft Prototype

First the scale model in and out the wind tunnel :

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Continuity error as the first model -now broken- has wings of the second one !
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Building the prototype. Note the Pratt & Whitney R-1535 Twin Wasp Junior engine on the trolley. The Hughes H-1 was powered by a special one tuned-up to put out 50% more horsepower than the basic version.

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Fairchild 24 C8C

Reg. NC15346 Fairchild 24 C8C c/n 2689 built in 1935. Registration expired on 27.10.2017.
Same aircraft in other movies at Frequently Seen Aircraft (Civil Fixed-Wing).

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McLean Aircraft Prototype

Roll out.
Reg. NX258Y could not hide the real NR258Y of the Hughes H-1 acting here as a prototype for a new fighter plane designed by McLean Aircraft Corporation.

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Once in flight, archive footage of Howard Hughes running high speed at very low altitude.
Or action using a model for aerobatics and high altitude test, including this closeup on the canopy. Compare with the takeoff action above.

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Unidentified Aircraft

Piper J-2 ? Aeronca 50 (or 60 or 65?) ?

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Design Bureau and Prototype Workshop

Short footage showing all the steps, from the design to ground testing including tooling and assembly.

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Roll out of the second prototype, NX258T ... still the Hughes H-1 in disguise.

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Ryan ST-A

Reg. NC17364 Ryan Aeronautical ST-A c/n 177 built in 1938. Civil registration cancelled on May 2015.

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