Robert L. Scott has dreamed his whole life of being a fighter pilot, but when war comes he finds himself flying transport planes over The Hump into China. In China, he persuades General Chennault to let him fly with the famed Flying Tigers, the heroic band of airmen who'd been fighting the Japanese long before Pearl Harbor. Scott gets his chance to fight, ultimately engaging in combat with the deadly Japanese pilot known as Tokyo Joe. Written by
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Did You Know?
In order to provide authentic aerial sequences, the principal photography took place in July-August of 1944 at Luke Auxiliary One airfield in Arizona. The use of Training Command Curtiss P-40Es and Fs, some one dozen North American B-25Gs and various other training aircraft helped create a busy sky, but unfortunately also led to the loss of five airmen in a midair collision. See more
The P-40s taking off for the raid at the end of the film have empty racks where the external fuel tanks should be attached. Such a long-range mission would require auxiliary tanks. See more
Big Mike Harrigan
They who had scorned the thought of any strength except their own to lean on learned at length, how fear can sabotage the bravest heart. And human weakness, answering to the prod of terror, calls: "Help us, O God." Then silence lets the silent voice be heard, bringing its message like a spoken word, "Believe. Believe in me. Cast out your fear. Oh, I am not up there beyond the sky, but here, right here in your heart. I am the strength you seek. Believe."... And they believed.
Referenced in Cheers: Fear Is My Co-Pilot