To complete a section of his infantry training Rice must fly attack mission Marine fighters. As training progresses Rice realizes he has a fear of flying. Not willing to give up he speaks ...
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To complete a section of his infantry training Rice must fly attack mission Marine fighters. As training progresses Rice realizes he has a fear of flying. Not willing to give up he speaks to the base doctor about how he can complete the training. Written by
The officer that Rice salutes after burning his hand on the plane was real-life Marine pilot Gregory H. 'Pappy' Boyington whose World War 2 experiences were the inspiration for Black Sheep Squadron (1976). Boyington had reached the rank of Colonel when he retired from the Marine Corps 16 years earlier in 1947. See more »
The armament changes on the planes such as going from two pods to one, then after firing their weapons a pod is under the center of Rice's plane, then there are two pods under it. None of the aircraft were equipped with rockets, yet Rice's plane fired rockets. See more »
Lt. Cdr. Johnson:
The problem is you were sick on the ground, too. Now that indicates an inner tension - fear. Now that's perfectly normal psychological attitude - fear of a new dimension, of esoteric machinery, the unknown, the unfamiliar. You see, all fear springs from ignorance concerning the fright object. Children are afraid of the dark. Now what happens to it when you turn on the light? Then they can see and they know. The light is knowledge and understanding.
Lt. William 'Bill' Rice:
I'm not a child, sir, and I'm not afraid of ...
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