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
In the scene where the pilots are painting or having painted personalizations on the sides of their airplanes, Lyle Porter is painting a banner that reads "Timothy CH. IV V. 7". This is reference to a chapter and verse in the Book of Timothy in the Bible. There are TWO books of Timothy in the Bible, both having a chapter IV and verse 7. However, more than likely, this would be a reference to the SECOND book of Timothy, chapter IV, verse 7, which reads, "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:", which might be something a very religious combat pilot might reference on the side of his combat airplane. That same-numbered chapter and verse in the FIRST book does not read anything like having to do with fighting or combat. See more »
Aircraft engines of this era leaked oil and the real reason for the scarf was to wipe the oil off the flyer's goggles, not to protect the neck when turning the head as said in the movie. When the pilots returned to base after a mission their faces in the areas not covered by the goggles should of been covered by oil and dirt. See more »
By the start of 1916, World War I had wreaked havoc across Europe. Over nine million people would eventually die.
Although the airplane had only recently been invented, it was quickly adapted into a war machine.
The young men who flew them became the first fighter pilots and a new kind of hero was born.
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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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