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(1942)

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Continuity 

During the air race in Italy, the Supermarine flown by Niven is an open cockpit while in the air. After the race as Howard is standing by the plane it is shown with an open forward hinged canopy cover.
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When the Spitfire squadron is returning early in the movie, the "Skipper" is coming in and the markings on the airplane are "SD" "L" ... after he crashes (no flap landing), the markings are "SD" "E" ...
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Where David Niven is talking to Leslie Howards' secretary, she is using a 'Royal' typewriter. Later, when Leslie Howard comes out of his office and talks to Crisp (Niven), the typewriter is a 'Jaydo' or 'Jaybo' brand.
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Factual errors 

The Rolls Royce Merlin engine is not named after the character from the King Arthur legends. Rolls Royce named some of its engines after birds of prey, such as Merlin, Peregrine, Kestrel, Goshawk.
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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.
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