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Four young student pilots, each with different long term ambitions, work to become certified in their chosen field.



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Complete credited cast:
Jane - Bill's Fiancee
John Woodward
Bill Brown
Dr. Webster
Jack (as William Orr)


Bill, Jane, Jim, and Jack, four aspiring young pilots, enroll in flight school and are assigned to John Woodward, a tough but sympathetic flight instructor. Bill hopes to become a commercial pilot, Jane, his fiancee, an instructor, and Jim, an army pilot. Jack's brashness and lack of discipline cause him to get cashiered as a pilot, but to his credit he re-enrolls in order to become an aeronautical engineer. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Release Date:

13 July 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Broadway Brevities (1939-1940 season) #10: Young America Flies  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Produced in cooperation with the Civil Aeronautics Authority See more »


Narrator: It takes longer to train a pilot than it does to build an airplane.
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Edited into My Country 'Tis of Thee (1950) See more »

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Not exactly WINGS . . .
27 December 2014 | by (The Gutters of Baltimore) – See all my reviews

. . . the endless WWI saga which won the initial Oscar as "Best Picture," but that's understandable because this live action short seems intended mostly as a Public Service Announcement to help America produce the thousands of pilots that would be necessary to win WWII. Unfortunately, it may have been somewhat counter-productive, as the story line is bogged down with too much "comic relief" in the person of "Jack Hendricks" (William Orr), the lone washout among the featured quartet of student pilots. While Jack may have been perfect for WING's infamous "bubbles scene," he's an unwanted "loose cannon" in "Serious Times Like These." The undisputed best flier of the bunch incongruously is portrayed as a total airhead, incapable of squelching any quip which pops into his head at inopportune moments, or following any of the rules and protocols even paper airplane dilettantes would be expected to observe. With WWII inevitable, Jack just wants to fly to expand his stable of lovers from Mexico to Canada. Shame on him.

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