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Victory Through Air Power (1943)

An animated documentary promoting of the soundness of strategic aerial bombing in World War II.


Alexander de Seversky (book) (as Maj. Alexander P. Seversky), Perce Pearce (story direction) | 5 more credits »

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Credited cast:
Alexander de Seversky Alexander de Seversky ... Himself (as Major Alexander P. de Seversky)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Art Baker ... Narrator (voice)
Billy Mitchell Billy Mitchell ... Himself (archive footage)


This is a unique film in Disney Production's history. This film is essentially a propaganda film selling Major Alexander de Seversky's theories about the practical uses of long range strategic bombing. Using a combination of animation humorously telling about the development of air warfare, the film switches to the Major illustrating his ideas could win the war for the allies. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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There's a Thrill in the Air!


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Release Date:

17 July 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Vitória Pela Força Aérea See more »


Box Office


$788,000 (estimated)

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Walt Disney Pictures See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to his autobiography, Disney Studios illustrator Bill Peet was asked by Walt Disney to draw some storyboards for an animated sequence that was to be included in the film showing a hypothetical enemy air raid on New York City. The last scenes of the sequence were to show the Statue of Liberty sinking into New York Harbor. Ultimately, the sequence was never animated and used in the film. See more »


The film claims the German's used air power to break through the Maginot line to conquer France. In reality, the German forces avoided directly engaging the Line and instead completely circumvented it. See more »


[first lines]
Billy Mitchell: Today, a war is very different than the last European war was. Now air power is the dominant feature of military operations. Air power can fly directly to the vital centers of an opposing state and neutralize them. It can destroy the cities, it can wreck the aqueducts, it can knock out the lines of communication, it can destroy the food supplies, and make the people helpless to resist.
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Featured in Showbiz Goes to War (1982) See more »


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"Victory Through Air Power": Disney's Propaganda of the 1940s
21 August 2006 | by arthurblenheimSee all my reviews

"Victory Through Air Power" (1943) is one of Disney's direct propaganda films for the U.S. State Department reiterating the 1942 book of the same name. It bounces between live-action segments, with briefing-style professed theories on the abstract value of air superiority, and segments with animated diagrams and maps supporting its theories. In combination with the Disney movie, the book's author presented the idea of separating air units away from the U.S. Army and into their own department. Soonafter, the U.S. Government formed the Air Force.

This film is just one of the reminders that Walt Disney exists elsewhere from his current stature as a "children's movie producer." He was also a McCarthyist in favor of the blacklist during the Congressional witch hunts from the House UnAmerican Activities Committee (HUAC). To the day I write this, his company still censors Disney's Beethoven segment of "Fantasia" (1940) in VHS and DVD video releases due to a racial comment. Also, the only movie the company has not released of his original classics is "Song of the South," a movie about a little white boy who encounters a group of black storytellers. This writer is curious how, in the time of "Amos and Andy," Disney came up with an idea for a little black mouse in work overalls named "Mickey" which he voiced. These are interesting traits of Walt, none of which revolved around a lack of maturity.

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