The Giant Claw

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The Giant Claw movie poster.

Movie (1957)
Italian title: Il mostro dei cieli
West German title: Angriff der Riesenkralle
Brazilian title: O Ataque Vem do Polo

Jeff Morrow (Mitch MacAfee)
Mara Corday (Sally Caldwell)
Morris Ankrum (Lieutenant General Edward Considine)
Louis Merrill (Pierre Broussard)

During a flight test, Mitch MacAfee -a military pilot- witness a UFO. Despite a scramble, no other pilot meet the phenomena and radar stations record nothing. But soon, strange facts occur until the liaison aircraft in which Mitch is travelling crashes following an air attack.

Lockheed F-94B Starfire

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Northrop F-89D Scorpion

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Avro Canada CF-100 Canuck

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Douglas C-54B Skymaster

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Continuity error : it's something like a Boeing B-29 which crashes after the Beast's attack.

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Unidentified Aircraft

Probably a drawing of a Douglas DC-4.

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Bell 47J Ranger

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Sikorsky S-55

Another continuity error : when seen by profile, the Bell helicopter becomes a Sikorsky one !

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Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star

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Code FT-508.

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North American F-86D-40-NA Sabre

Buzz number FU-861, serial 52-3861 from 85th Fighter Interceptor Squadron. Same aircraft in other works at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft (Military Fixed-Wing).

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Republic F-84E Thunderjet

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Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star

In the background.

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North American TB-25 Mitchell

Aircraft of the Air National Guard. Tail twin gun replaced by an unknown system. S/n 44-30(25?).

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Last aerial scene is performed through a rude model.

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North American B-25D Mitchell

Footage from 30 Seconds over Tokyo.
41-29754 worn the nose art of Ruptured Duck piloted by Lieutenant Ted Lawson during the famous raid; he later wrote the eponymous book from which the movie was inspired.

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