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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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(as George Hill)

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(story) (as Lieut. Commander Frank Wead U.S.N.), (story) | 2 more credits »
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Anita Hastings
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Storyline

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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Release Date:

19 January 1929 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die fliegende Flotte  »

Box Office

Budget:

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

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(MovieTone) (musical score and sound effects)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The unit training aircraft used in the film were from VN-7 of the Eighth Naval District, based at Pensacola, Florida. 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

Title Card: THE FLYING FLEET : BOMBERS - Artillery of the air! TORPEDO PLANES - Eagles of Death. FIGHTERS - The Navy's Hawks! Thousands of feet higher... the Crack Squadron. Ragged as the devil! Almost as bad as the Army!
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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

You're the Only One for Me
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by William Axt and David Mendoza
Lyrics by Raymond Klages
Sung offscreen as part of the score by an unidentified chorus
Played in the score often as the love theme for Tommy and Anita
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An excellent late silent film
14 July 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Because this film came out in 1929 and studios were hurriedly switching to sound pictures, sound effects and music was added to this otherwise silent film. For this time period, it's a very good film--featuring excellent footage of naval aircraft and a good, though a tad predictable story about six friends who went to the Naval Academy and wanted to earn their pilot's wings. Little by little, the original group is now whittled down to two pilots who actually are able to complete the program--Ramon Novarro and Ralph Graves (who, incidentally, made many military-oriented films in the late 20s and early 1930s set on subs, derigibles and aircraft). Unfortunately, while they are best of friends, they also want the same girl (cute Anita Page) and the story is a combination of serious drama about the training and life of a navy pilot as well as a contest to see who gets the girl.

For the time period this was made, this is a much better than average film with excellent production values and an interesting story--particularly to nuts like me that love old aircraft. Also, for those aviation and history lovers out there, it's a good opportunity to see the USS Langley in action (this was America's first aircraft carrier).

This film, by the way, was created from a story idea from Frank Wead--a retired navy pilot who, after suffering a serious spinal injury, changed careers and became a Hollywood screenwriter and consultant--mostly (but not exclusively) for aviation films. His life was recreated in the film WINGS OF EAGLES--giving it all the usual John Ford sentimentality and gloss.


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