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Winning Your Wings (1942)

Approved | | Short, History, War | 28 May 1942 (USA)

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Inspirational short film designed to encourage recruits for the American Army Air Forces.

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James Stewart, famous actor and now a Lieutenant in the US Army Air Forces, hosts and narrates this short film aimed at the recruitment of officer candidates. He states that there is a great mobilization, and that 90 thousand new flying officers are needed. Due to this heavy need, he discusses how the prerequisites have been altered to encourage recruitment. He also discusses the great rate of pay, benefits, training and other advantages enjoyed by flying officers. He describes the various officer positions required for the nine man crews of the B-17 Bombers, and also various ground support officer positions available. Written by TimeNTide

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Only time John Huston directed James Stewart. See more »

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James Stewart: The roar of 100,000 motors sing their song of freedom, their wings outstretched in the cause of decency, and each spinning prop drones in vengeance against those who would destroy our way of life... but somebody's got to fly them. A lot of somebodies got to fly them.
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Featured in Warner at War (2008) See more »

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I Get a Kick Out of You
(1934) (uncredited)
Written by Cole Porter
Played as dance music at the dance
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Your Future's In the Sky
28 May 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Wonderful curio for WWII buffs, aviation buffs, and Jimmy Stewart fans. It's a recruitment film for the U.S. Army Air Forces. There are various young men presented who want to serve but have questions. Stewart answers their questions and provides info about the Air Forces. And yes, it was called Air Forces back then before the 's' was dropped in 1947. There's a lot of interesting information here about the process in joining the AAF and learning to fly. Also of interest to film buffs, this marks the one time that John Huston and Jimmy Stewart worked together. Very cool.

One final note over a comment I read that got under my skin. There is nothing about this that needs to be "excused." No one needs to explain, justify, rationalize, and certainly not apologize for serving their country and encouraging others to do the same. Not in peacetime and definitely not in wartime.


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