The majority of aircraft in this film were Curtiss Model 49Bs designated F8C-4 Helldiver by the U.S. Navy. In 1930, the Navy acquired 25 aircraft and 18 were assigned to Fighting Squadron One Battle Force (VF-1B) aboard the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga (CV-3). The unit cost of each aircraft was $15,450 ($233,775.05 in 2019 dollars). In the late 1920s, each carrier Fighting and Bombing squadron had their tail surfaces painted a unique color; VF-1B's color was Insignia Red. In June 1931, there were 18 F8C-4s aboard the Saratoga but all F8C-4s went from the Fleet to the U.S. Marine reserves in June 1931 See more »
The under-wing bombs appear and disappear in many shots. Often a plane will be shown taxiing with bombs under the wing, then taking off and flying with no bombs. When the bombing runs begin, the bombs are again visible. See more »
CPO Steve Nelson:
And if you want to know what this is, it's a bomb! And there's enough T.N.T. in it to blow us to Smithereens.
I've always wanted to go to Smithereens.
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1930's US Navy film with, oh boy, 2 great actors Wallace Berry and Clark Gable! I loved it from the shore leave aspects and the super vintage era aircraft (Derigibles too!) and ships that you'll hardly ever see because it was'nt during a "major" war. Highly recommended, I loved it ( but I am a big fan of the mentioned stars and a sailor so I'm definetly biased, LOL)!
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