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Frank Wead (1895–1947)

Frank Wilber "Spig" Wead was a US Navy aviator turned screenwriter who helped promote United States Naval aviation from its inception through World War II. Before and after World War I he was an early proponent of pushing the Navy into air racing and speed competitions. This competition, mainly against the United States Army (and their leader James... See full bio »

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Dive Bomber
Dive Bomber Writer
They Were Expendable
Ceiling Zero
Ceiling Zero Writer
Destroyer Writer


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 1957 The Wings of Eagles (based on the life and writings of - as Commander Frank W. 'Spig' Wead)
 1947 Blaze of Noon (screenplay)
 1945 They Were Expendable (screenplay - as Frank Wead Comdr. U.S.N. {Ret})
 1943 Destroyer (screen play) / (story)
 1941 International Squadron (play "Ceiling Zero")
 1941 Dive Bomber (from a story by) / (screen play)
 1941 I Wanted Wings (story)
 1940 Sailor's Lady (original story)
 1939 20,000 Men a Year (story)
 1939 Tail Spin (writer)
 1938 The Citadel (screen play)
 1938 Test Pilot (original story)
 1938 A Yank at Oxford (contributing to treatment - uncredited)
 1937 Submarine D-1 (from a story by) / (screen play)
 1937 Sea Devils
 1936 China Clipper (screen play)
 1936 Ceiling Zero (play) / (screenplay)
 1935 The Great Impersonation (screenplay)
 1935 Stranded (story "Lady with a Badge")
 1935 Murder in the Fleet (screen play)
 1935 Storm Over the Andes (screenplay - as Lt. Comm. Frank Wead)
 1935 West Point of the Air (screen play)
 1934 Hell in the Heavens (contributor to screenplay construction - uncredited)
 1934 I'll Tell the World (story)
 1934 Fugitive Lovers (story)
 1933 S.O.S. Iceberg (uncredited)
 1933 Midshipman Jack (screenplay)
 1932 Air Mail (story and screenplay)
 1931 Hell Divers (story - as Lt. Comdr. Frank Wead U.S.N. Ret.)
 1931 Shipmates (continuity - as Lieutenant Commander Wead)
 1931 Dirigible (story - as Commander Frank Wilber Wead U.S.N.)
 1929 The Flying Fleet (story - as Lieut. Commander Frank Wead U.S.N.)
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Alternate Names:

Lt. Comdr. Frank Wead U.S.N. Ret. | Commander Frank Wilber Wead U.S.N. | Lieut. Commander Frank Wead U.S.N. | Commander Frank Wilber Wead USN. | Commander Frank 'Spig' Wead | Commander Frank W. 'Spig' Wead | Lieutenant Commander Wead | Lt. Comm. Frank Wead | Frank Wead Comdr. U.S.N. {Ret}

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