Maverick WW2 Marine aviator forms his own fighter squadron.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Whitmore Jr. ...
W.K. Stratton ...
Peter Donat ...
Nurse 1st Lt.
Lance LeGault ...
Lt. Huck (as W.L. LeGault)
Anthony Charnota ...
Dr. Jim Reese
Medical Lieutenant


Former U.S. Marine pilot Greg "Pappy" Boyington is flying with the American Volunteer Group (the Flying Tigers) in China. After Pearl Harbor brings America into World War II, Greg leaves the AVG to rejoin the Marine Corps. He refuses to be relegated to a desk job and, against all military protocol, forms his own fighter squadron from a group of misfits and disciplinary cases. Written by yortsnave

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Action | War | Adventure | Drama


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Release Date:

21 September 1976 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The first dog fight Robert Conrad character goes up against two Japanese Zeros there are several brief cockpit views where the bandage on his left cheek moves to his right cheek and then back again to his left cheek. See more »


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"Show me a hero, and I'll prove he is a bum!"
12 April 2001 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

One of the few man I this world that I would have the honor to meet, would have been "Gramps" Boyington. In a time of need, pain and horror...he took the ways that he knew and fought a war which we all didn't want to be in. In the time to come after his rise to fame and down fall...his life teaches us this...sometimes the rules must be bent to do the right thing. I wish that I could have met the man before his death...I'm glad the History channel has the history still going on the Black Sheep and I love the comments from his fellow flyers and from Mr. Conrad himself about the man. May the Black Sheep always fly in our minds, hearts, and prays. Question: Mr. Conrad...did you ever fly the big blue bird???

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