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Flyboys (2006)

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The adventures of the Lafayette Escadrille, young Americans who volunteered for the French military before the U.S. entered World War I, and became the country's first fighter pilots.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Hazell ...
Mac McDonald ...
Mr. Jensen
Karen Ford ...
Mrs. Jensen
Abdul Salis ...
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Skinner's trainer
Mr. Lowry
Gail Downey ...
Mrs. Lowry
Augustin Legrand ...


Before the United States enters World War I, some American youths volunteer for the French military. Subsequently, they become the first U.S. fighter pilots and form a squadron known as the Lafayette Escadrille, whose exploits and heroism become the stuff of legend. This fictional version follows a laconic Texas rancher, an eager Nebraska kid, a Black boxer already in France, and a New York swell, as they arrive green for training, get their baptism by fire when German planes ambush them on their first mission, and graduate to heroics. Rawlings, the Texan, falls in love with a young woman he meets at a bordel. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Inspired by a true story

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for war action violence and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 September 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Flyboys: Héroes del aire  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,004,219 (USA) (22 September 2006)


$13,082,288 (USA) (15 December 2006)

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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Filmmakers attempted to use lightweight reproductions of WWI aircraft, but grounded them after an accident. See more »


The anti aircraft artillery shown in use by the Germans was not of any type used by any side in the First World War, nor was anti aircraft fire nearly as effective or accurate as shown. Were any of the portrayed shell bursts as close as they appeared in the film, they would have instantly destroyed the aircraft with the combination of the explosive power, fire, and shrapnel. See more »


[first lines]
Title Card: By the start of 1916, World War I had wreaked havoc across Europe. Over nine million people would eventually die.
Title Card: Although the airplane had only recently been invented, it was quickly adapted into a war machine.
Title Card: The young men who flew them became the first fighter pilots and a new kind of hero was born.
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Spoofed in Diary of a Miniature Stunt Pilot (2007) See more »


Onward Christian Soldiers
Written by Sabine Baring-Gould (as Rev. Sabine Baring-Gould) and Arthur Sullivan
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Cinematic Clichés fly as often as the planes
23 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Do not expect much from the plot as you need not scratch the surface too deeply to experience de'ja vu. (I've seen these plot elements before in just about every war/buddy/love story flick I have ever seen).

The acting is decent and the special effects are superb. Do not see this movie with high expectations regarding the plot and you will not be disappointed.

The effects wizards took a page from Howard Hughes as there are plenty of clouds in the air combat scenes to lend a feeling of depth and speed. The dog fights are pretty exciting and worth the price of admission to see on the big screen.

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