George Washington McLintock, "GW" to friends and foes alike, is a cattle baron and the richest man in the territory. He anxiously awaits the return of his daughter Becky who has been away ... See full summary »
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U.S. Navy pilot Frank 'Spig' Wead is a fun-loving and rowdy adventurer, but also a fierce proponent of Naval aviation. His dedication to the promotion of the Navy's flying program is so intense that his marriage and family life suffer. When an accident paralyzes him, Spig finds a new means of expressing his love of flying: screenwriting. Successful and acclaimed, he finds the U.S. entry into World War II to be an irresistible call. Pleading that he be reinstated in the Navy despite his paralysis, Spig finds he has an enormous contribution yet to make. Written by
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Most of the extras in the Pensacola Florida scenes were actual Navy flight students and flight instructors. Although the Navy objected, director John Ford made certain that the military men were paid "extra" wages. See more »
When John Wayne's character "Spig" Wead flies through the hanger in the first flight scene, he's initially flying from the front seat, his passenger (Hazard) ducks into the rear seat. As the plane goes through the hanger the pilot is flying alone, from the rear seat. See more »
I don't want a story just about ships and planes. I want it about the men who run them - how they live and think and talk. I want it from a pen dipped in salt water, not dry martinis.
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I was serving on the USS Philippine Sea in August 1956 when the final scenes of Wings of Eagles were shot on the ship. I was a radar officer on watch in CIC when the transfer of Spig Wead to the destroyer took place. The bridge told us to ask the destroyer to make smoke. Operating commands were not made over the CI net but I figured they were embarrassed to do so. It seems the John Ford thought it would not look like the ships were underway unless smoke was pouring out the stack. Sending unburned fuel oil up the stack is not efficient or desirable. Certainly not in a war zone. Ford had to know this as a reserve admiral. Several years later, when I saw the movie, there is the destroyer looking like it was burning mattresses in the boiler room. I think the destroyer is of a class not introduced until the end of WWII. I have tried to find what destroyer it was, without success.
I just found out that the destroyer was the USS Perkins, DD877.
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