The Eagle Has Landed

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The Eagle Has Landed theatrical movie poster.

Movie (1976)
French title : L'aigle s'est envolé

Michael Caine (Col. Kurt Steiner)
Donald Sutherland (Liam Devlin)
Robert Duvall (Col. Max Radl)
Jenny Agutter (Molly Prior)
Donald Pleasence (Heinrich Himmler)
Anthony Quayle (Adm. Wilhelm Canaris)

During World War II, decorated war hero Kurt Steiner is sentenced to death after he tries and fails to help a Jewish girl escape from the SS. However German Intelligence gives him a second chance, to lead a commando raid on the British coastline and apprehend or assassinate Winston Churchill.

Junkers Ju 52/3m

Mussolini unboarding from the Junkers Ju 52/3m on their arrival at Rastenburg (now : Kętrzyn) to meet Hitler.
Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft (Military Fixed-Wing).

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Fieseler Fi 156 C-3 Storch

Mussolini boarding the Fieseler Fi 156C-3/Trop, W.Nr.1268, SJ + LL.
Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft (Military Fixed-Wing).

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DFS 230

Wing of one of the ten DFS 230 used for operation Eiche (oak), the Gran Sasso raid.

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Fieseler Fi 156 Storch

Radl arrives at the penal colony to recruit Steiner in this plane.
Anonymous aircraft with her registration code overpainted.


Junkers Ju 52/3m & Hispano Aviación HA-1112-M1L

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SIPA S.121

Devlin flies to England aboard this SIPA S.121, a french built version of German Arado Ar 396.
Reg. F-BLKH (c/n 57). Crashed in a flat spin in 1978.
Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.


On some recent release/broadcasting, the night takeoff is shown as a daylight flight; here is the aircraft in brighter colors :

TheEagleHasLanded Sipa1.jpg
TheEagleHasLanded Sipa2.jpg

Douglas C-53 Skytrooper

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Steiner's men parachute into England aboard this captured RAF plane.


Again, the nightly action is recently sometimes shown as a daylight jump :

TheEagleHasLanded Dak.jpg

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