Thunder Birds

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Disambiguation : this page is about the 1942 Film ; do not confuse with the 1964 Thunderbirds (TV series) and the numerous work based on it including Thunderbird 6.

Movie (1942)
French title : Pilotes de chasse

Gene Tierney (Kay Saunders)
Preston Foster (Steve Britt)
John Sutton (R.A.F. cadet Peter Stackhouse)
Jack Holt (Lt. Col. "Mac" MacDonald)

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Vultee BT-13 Valiant

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Boeing-Stearman PT-17

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Appron at Thunderbird field with Boeing-Stearman PT-17s with North American AT-6 Texan overflying some Vultee BT-13 Valiant taxiing in the background.
According some source, among the pilot performing the flypast was the future ace Richard I. Bong.

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Boeing F4B-1

Used by Steve Britt (here : Paul Mantz) to do aerobatics over the water tank in which Kay is bathing. Cockpit close-up done with Preston Foster at the controls of a Boeing-Stearman PT-17.

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Unidentified Aircraft

Nieuport, unidentified type.
A memory of the World War One when the director (William A. Wellman) was a fighter pilot. Here used as a portrait of Peter's father during the Great War.

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Stearman C3M

Continuity error : when RAF cadet Stackhouse is taking off with flight instructor Steve Britt, they handle a Boeing-Stearman PT-17 serialed 141. But once in the skies, the Boeing-Stearman became an older and rarest Stearman C3M before landing the PT-17 !

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North American AT-6 Texan

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