Men of the Fighting Lady

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The Men of the Fighting Lady movie poster.

Movie (1954)
Aka : Panther Squadron
French title: Escadrille panthère

Van Johnson (Lieutenant (jg) Howard Thayer)
Walter Pidgeon (Commander Kent Dowling)
Louis Calhern (James A. Michener)
Dewey Martin (Ensign Kenneth Schechter)

The Men of the Fighting Lady was based on the novels The Case of the Blinded Pilot by Cmdr. Harry A. Burns and James A. Michener's The Forgotten Heroes of Korea, and details life aboard the aircraft carrier USS Oriskany. The film's high point is the factually depicted scene where Thayer (Johnson) talks in a blinded Navy F9F Panther pilot (played by Dewey Martin) for a landing.

Douglas AD-1 Skyraider

TMofTFL AD-1b.jpg

Vought F4U Corsair

This could be a F4U-4 or a F4U-5 or the AU-1 (the ground-attack version) variant.

TMofTFL F4U.jpg

McDonnell F2H Banshee

TMofTFL F2H.jpg

Grumman F9F Panther

Aircrafts of VF-192 (Golden Dragons) code B.

TMofTFL F9Fa.jpg
TMofTFL F9Fb.jpg

Aircrafts of VF-123 code D.

TMofTFL F9Fc.jpg

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

TMofTFL F9Fd-DV.jpg

Film footage of this accident was used as the demise of Keenan Wynn's Lt. Cdr. Ted Dodson - completed with footage of a 1951 Grumman F9F (BuAer Num. 125228) mishap aboard the USS Midway (CV-41).
Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

Grumman F9F (BuAer Num. 125228).

Grumman F9F-5 Panther

Grumman F9F-5 Panther, BuAer. Num. 126172.

TMofTFL F9Ff.jpg
TMofTFL F9F-5.jpg

North American FJ-1 Fury

Crash of a North American FJ-1 Fury from VF-51 on USS "Boxer" (CV-21).

TMofTFL FJ-1.jpg

Douglas DC-6B

TMofTFL DC-6B.jpg

North American FJ-2 Fury

From the trailer (awaiting a movie screenshot).

TMofTFL FJ-2.jpg

Vought F7U Cutlass

Behind the crash barricade.
From the trailer (awaiting a movie screenshot).

TMofTFL Vought-F7U.jpg

Sikorsky HO3S-1

U.S. Navy HO3S-1 used for rescue task.

TMofTFL HO3S.jpg
Serial 7.
Serial 37.

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