Roamy here. Tonight, I’m watching No Highway in the Sky with Jimmy Stewart (an absent-minded materials engineer, hmmm) and Marlene Dietrich. I thought a post on polling our readers on their favorite serious (or at least semi-serious) airplane movie might be interesting. XBradTC wrote a previous post on his Top Ten war movies, but here I’m focused more on the planes and less on war. Some you might consider:
XBradTC would be hurt if I left out Strategic Air Command.
Another John Wayne movie, Flying Leathernecks
The Aviator? IMHO, too much emphasis on Hughes’ madness and not enough on his achievements. I’d rather watch Hughes’ movie, Hell’s Angels for the aerial combat scenes.
The original 1944 documentary on The Memphis Belle
I’m absolutely certain I’ve left out some good movies out. I’ll close with a quote about one of my favorite airplanes from http://www.skygod.com/quotes/
I came to admire this machine which could lift virtually any load strapped to its back and carry it anywhere in any weather, safely and dependably. The C-47 groaned, it protested, it rattled, it leaked oil, it ran hot, it ran cold, it ran rough, it staggered along on hot days and scared you half to death, its wings flexed and twisted in a horrifying manner, it sank back to earth with a great sigh of relief – but it flew and it flew and it flew— Len Morgan. The C-47 was the U.S. military designation for the DC-3.
Oh, and maybe some old school Load HEAT for you.