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How to Fly the B-26 Airplane (1944)

Documentary feature film depicting the training of young Lieutenant Jim Anthony as a pilot of the B-26 Marauder bomber. Dick, the captain charged with pilot instruction, leads Jim through ... See full summary »
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Captain Dick (uncredited)
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Lieutenant Jim Anthony (uncredited)
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Documentary feature film depicting the training of young Lieutenant Jim Anthony as a pilot of the B-26 Marauder bomber. Dick, the captain charged with pilot instruction, leads Jim through every aspect of preparation to fly the bomber, going through a detailed checklist of pre-flight procedures, long before he allows Jim to turn an engine over. Once preparations are completed, Dick shows Jim the process of starting the engines, followed by take-off. In the air, further instruction helps Jim understand the various limits and capabilities of the aircraft. When one engine fails, Dick must simultaneously guide the limping plane back to a safe landing and explain to Jim each step of the procedure. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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On the crew board shown at the beginning of the film is the name of a bomber crewman Kumin. This is a reference to casting director Irving Kumin. See more »

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The Flying Cigar.
18 April 2015 | by (Deming, New Mexico, USA) – See all my reviews

This is an instructional film made for pilots being checked out on the B-26 Martin Marauder. It's chock full of details about manifold pressure, tachometers, wind indicators, and pfoofnik pins. But it is presented as a fictional short movie. The actor playing the pilot is Don Porter, who may be recognized as Senator Crocker Jarman in Robert Redford's "The Candidate." The Lieutenant who is on the learning end is Craig Stevens, probably best remembers as TV's "Peter Gunn." There were many actors doing these training films. Collectively they were know as the Culver City Commandoes.

There is another member of the simulated flight crew, an uncredited corporal who has no lines but acts as a kind of comic relief. He makes an error in the air and is demoted to a private who will be doing KP. It's treated as something of a joke, the mere enlisted man being a schlub after all.

The technical stuff comes quickly enough so that no one could possibly remember all of the pre-flight check, let alone anything that comes afterward, including the failure of one engine.

The B-26 was rather a special medium bomber. We needed it so badly at the beginning of the war that it was not even test flown, just manufactured from a design on paper and rolled out onto the field. It was sleek, fast, and dangerous to fly. Everything about it looked made for power and speed, from the four-bladed propellers to its torpedo-shaped fuselage. A relative of mine was a crew member and said it was known as "the flying cigar".


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