Jim Gordon commands a unit of the famed Flying Tigers, the American Volunteer Group which fought the Japanese in China before America's entry into World War II. Gordon must send his outnumbered band of fighter pilots out against overwhelming odds while juggling the disparate personalities and problems of his fellow flyers. In particular, he must handle the difficulties created by a reckless hot-shot pilot named Woody Jason, who not only wants to fight a one-man war but to waltz off with Gordon's girlfriend.
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Did You Know?
The transport aircraft used in the bridge bombing scene towards the end of the movie was a Capelis XC-12, a failed prototype from the mid-1930s. The one in the movie is the only one that was ever built, purchased by RKO Studios in 1939. It was in non-flyable condition and was used as a prop in two other RKO war movies: 'Five Came Back' and 'The Immortal Sergeant'. The flying sequences were filmed using a model. See more
In the initial air battle, the AVG shoots down a dual-engine bomber. The following actual footage shows a single-engine fighter craft hitting the ground. See more
[after Woody joins a sortie against Jim's orders, in a fighter without ammo or a radio, and gets himself shot down
Where do you think you are, with some broken-down flying circus?
Aw, it would've been a cinch; I was ridin' the murder-spot right above those Jap bombers! If I had ammo, I'd have blown them clear out of China!
Instead, you wasted a good ship!
Hey, you talk like that crate's more important than me.
I can't afford to lose planes OR pilots...
It's like I told you earlier, Pappy: All I...
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Battle Hymn of the Republic
Music by William Steffe
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