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A new flight surgeon and a Navy pilot overcome personal differences to work on solving the problem of Altitude Sickness which causes blackouts at high altitude. The real stars of the film are the pre-World War II navy aircraft featured in full color Written by
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In early 1941 the carrier USS Saratoga was undergoing maintenance and overhaul. Her air group 3 with their white tails was temporarily transferred to the USS Enterprise. It looks like most of the Big E's air group 6 had been repainted light gray, but you can see a few Grumman F3F biplanes with blue tails. At the end of the movie, Errol Flynn places a plaque on what is supposed to be Fred MacMurray's Air Group 3 dive bomber, but it is a red tailed plane from the USS Yorktown's Air Group 5. The movie treats the Devastator torpedo planes as if they were Vindicator dive bombers. It works as the two planes look somewhat similar and had similar color schemes. See more »
At c. 94 minutes we see and hear the "Los Amigos" band. However, the vocalist's words bear absolutely no resemblance to the lyrics actually sung. See more »
A wonderful look at US Naval Aviation on the eve of World War II
While Dive Bomber has some formulaic elements, it is a glorious technicolor view of US naval aviation just before the US entered World War II. The air sequences include shots of aircraft (Vindicators, Devastators, Curtiss Hawks, etc.) that soon became obsolete and that I have never seen in any other technicolor film. The carrier scenes are set on the USS Enterprise the year before this ship fought in the Midway and Guadalcanal battles. The film is shot on location in San Diego, and I noticed landmarks like the Hotel Del Coronado and the Cabrillo lighthouse in the background. Thanks to Turner Classic Movies for playing this.
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