Major Daniel Kirby takes command of a squadron of Marine fliers just before they are about to go into combat. While the men are well meaning, he finds them undisciplined and prone to always finding excuses to do what is easy rather than what is necessary. The root of the problem is the second in command, Capt. Carl 'Griff' Griffin. Griff is the best flier in the group but Kirby finds him a poor commander who is not prepared to the difficult decision that all commanders have to make - to put men in harm's way knowing that they may be killed.
AIR-DEVILS OF THE SKY!
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Did You Know?
This is a Howard Hughes
production as the opening credits declare. It is well known that Hughes himself was an aviation aficionado who also produced Hell's Angels
(1930), Sky Devils
(1932) and Jet Pilot (1957), the latter of which also starred John Wayne
. See more
When the Colonel on Guadalcanal briefs the pilots on the close air support strike, he requests the pilots strafe parallel to the front lines. The footage shows the pilots making their runs perpendicular to the lines. See more
Maj. Daniel Xavier Kirby
Come on Wildcats, make us proud today!
Referenced in Stalag 17