By the late 1920's aircraft designer R.J. Mitchell feels he has achieved all he wants with his revolutionary mono-planes winning trophy after trophy. But a holiday in Germany shortly after ... See full summary »
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Olivia de Havilland,
Dame May Whitty
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Roy Del Ruth
Douglas Fairbanks Jr.,
By the late 1920's aircraft designer R.J. Mitchell feels he has achieved all he wants with his revolutionary mono-planes winning trophy after trophy. But a holiday in Germany shortly after Hitler assumes power convinces him that it is vital to design a completely new type of fighter plane and that sooner or later Britain's very survival may depend on what he comes to call the Spitfire. Written by
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Several real-life Battle of Britain RAF pilots such as Anthony C. Bartley and Brian Kingcome are featured in small roles in the opening and closing sequences at the dispersal hut, talking with David Niven's character and discussing their "kills". See more »
During test flight of the plane, a close-up of the cockpit was shown. The type of canopy in the scene is called a "Malcolm Hood" and was not used on early model Spitfires. See more »
Air Ministry Official:
[Referring to the new Spitfire airplane]
We shall need it in 12 months. Sorry, but that's all the time we can give you.
Reginald J. Mitchell:
You shall have it in eight. Because... because that's all the time *I* can give *you*!
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This film could be unique in that the aircrew "extras" in the film who "Scrambled" during the Battle of Britain scenes were all pilots who had actually flown in the Battle of Britain.
I know this because at the end of 1941 I was stationed at 61 (Spitfire) Operational Training Unit at Heston (now part of Heathrow airport) and was billeted in Meadow Way Heston. My roommate was a Flight Sergeant I Hutchinson who was on "rest" from operational flying as the Maintenance Wing test pilot and was one of the "extras" in the film.
My recollection is that he had to be up at crack of dawn and was seldom free before about 2200 hours. On the other hand, his base was the Savoy Hotel!
To be a Flight Sergeant in 1941 meant you had been an airman pilot for quite some time and consequently had a lot of experience. I see from the Battle of Britain Roll of Honour that, thankfully, F Sgt Hutchinson survived the war.
He gave me my one and only flight in a single engined monoplane - a Miles Master - and I still recall that experience with great pleasure.
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