The squadron seen as the aerobatics team is 43 squadron. The airbase which poses as R.A.F. Wunsdorf in West Germany is in fact R.A.F. Leuchars in Fife, home base of 43 squadron. See more »
During navigation training one of the officers is asked to provide the current position of the plane they are in. He then looks out to see they are over Lincoln Cathedral. When he is next asked he states they are over the Irish sea, when he looks out they are flying near the Blackpool Tower. In the prop plane they were in it would have taken them several hours to fly from Lincoln to Blackpool. The scene makes it look like it happened in minutes. See more »
Another one of those older movies that could be seen on TV years ago and can't be seen at all anymore. Pity.
The story is somewhat weak what with the stiff-upper-lip Wing Commander riding a new charge at his training wing (who just happens to the son of a squadron-mate from his old unit in the last war (WWII).
Now it's trial by a new fire as the "old man" feels he has to exercise restraint in reining in the young flyer's antics in order to assuage his conscience about an incident that led to the death of the kid's father.
As usual, the British seem to get what makes a movie about flying right with wonderful air-to-air shots of Hunters, Vampires, Provosts and the like. And if you don't know what I'm talking about, this probably isn't the movie for you, anyway.
If you can ignore the "Cold War" overtones and some continuity errors (young pilot takes off in a DH-115; dashes about the sky in a DH-100 and lands back again in a DH-115) you may find this one at least a passing fancy.
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