On the day of his retirement, Rear Admiral Jonathan L. Scott reflects on his role in introducing aircraft carriers to the U.S. Navy. After World War I, there was a general downsizing of the military. There were only limited opportunities to create a carrier-bound air capability. The aircraft were not designed specifically for landing on a flat top and several death occur during training. Over the years however, Scott is one of several men who pursue their dream of aircraft carriers and aircraft specifically designed for that purpose. Their worth is proved in World War II at the Battle of Midway and throughout the war.Written by
The entire film is in black and white except for the last 18 minutes which were shot in color. See more »
Adm. Frank Jack Fletcher was the flag officer aboard the Yorktown at the Battle of Midway. See more »
The disarmament conference is over. They've sunk the fleet. The Missouri, the South Dakota, the Maine, the Virginia, Nebraska Georgia. 30 capital ships. More ships sunk with the stroke of a pen than have been sunk in our entire history.
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very good story about the development of U.S. Naval aviation.
Gary Cooper does an excellent job playing a Gary Cooper-type character. This is one of the better WWII movies to come out of the 1940s era. Jane Wyatt and Walter Brennen also do a good job. Somehow, this film always gets a lower rating than it deserves. It is somewhat dated by today's standards but gives good background of naval aviation with some very good live action combat film footage. For another good 1940s era WWII action movie with lots of good gun camera shots, see "Fighter Squadron" with Edmund O'Brien and Robert Stack.
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