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The Flying Fleet (1929)

The story follows six midshipman after they graduate from Annapolis. Their goal is to become U.S. Navy pilots and three of them are eliminated at the San Diego Naval Base. The remaining ... See full summary »

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The story follows six midshipman after they graduate from Annapolis. Their goal is to become U.S. Navy pilots and three of them are eliminated at the San Diego Naval Base. The remaining three undergo grueling weeks of training at Pensacole Florida, and one crashes. The remaining two get their "wings" and are sent back to San Diego as full-fledged "Sea Hawks", and prepare there for the first Honolulu flight. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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19 January 1929 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die fliegende Flotte  »

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Budget:

$385,000 (estimated)
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| (Turner library print)

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(MovieTone) (musical score and sound effects)|

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The hospital ship briefly shown in the film is the actual U.S.S. Relief (AH-1). She was the first ship built from the keel up as a dedicated hospital ship. Commissioned in 1920, she had a capacity of 550 beds and was awarded five battle stars for its service in World War II. She was decommissioned in 1946 and sold for scrap in 1948. See more »

Goofs

When Specs and Kewpie reunite with the others back at San Diego, Specs announces he's flying, but as a navigator. However, he is not wearing his silver Naval Observer wings on his uniform. See more »

Quotes

Steve Randall: I don't know what all these poor girls will do after I graduate, Tommy.
Tommy Winslow: That's right, Steve. They'll never meet another fellow who can talk about himself so well.
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Crazy Credits

"Dedicated to the officers and men of Naval Aviation whose splendid co-operation made this production possible." See more »

Soundtracks

The Oceana Roll
(1911) (uncredited)
Music by Lucien Denni
Lyrics by Roger Lewis
Played as part of the score often
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Good Silent Action In Navy Flight Film
8 December 2000 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

Six young midshipmen about to graduate from Annapolis dream about the glory of joining the FLYING FLEET, unaware of the heartache & happiness the future has in store for them...

While almost a commercial for the Navy's aviation wing, this late MGM silent film is still very enjoyable. The flying scenes are well produced and exciting and the slight plot of friendships, rivalries, a pretty girl & a tragic flight to Honolulu grab the viewer's attention.

Ramon Novarro does a sturdy job as the foremost amongst the six comrades. Ralph Graves scores as Novarro's best buddy. Anita Page is lovely in a role that calls for her to do very little else except look lovely. (Decades later she claimed Novarro proposed marriage to her!)

Unbilled, Alfred Allen does a fine turn as a blustery, comic Admiral; and Gardner James is excellent as Specs the navigator, who's heroism & self-sacrifice effortlessly steals the climax of the film.


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