A new recruit joins the squadron and the commander has extreme doubts about his age. After a series of encounters it is obvious the young man is an extremely talented flyer and is welcomed into the ...
Major Gregory "Pappy" Boyington is the squadron leader of a group of fighter pilots stationed on an island in the Pacific during World War II. "Pappy" often needs to intercede in altercations at the base, but everyone seems to pull together when they are assigned missions in the air.Written by
Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
Some scenes show the pilots holding the triggers for extended periods of time. Standard practice was to fire in three to five second bursts, because the Corsair only carried enough ammunition for just under thirty continuous seconds of firing. There were four hundred rounds per gun in the inner two guns and three hundred seventy-five rounds for the outer gun. See more »
Whenever a Zero was shot down by a Corsair, it would bellow white smoke and begin to trail away. In reality, because the Zero did not have self sealing fuel tanks, in would in almost every circumstance burst into flames or explode when shot down. See more »
Set in the South Pacific during World War Two, the series dealt with a squadron of US pilots known as the Black Sheep (called such due to the fact most were misfits and disciplinary cases before joining the outfit). The best part of the series were the aerial combat sequences; using a mix of archived material from the war, newly filmed sequences, and superbly edited tapings of radio transmissions, the producers made it seem like you were up there in the sky with the squadron in the encounters with the Japanese. On the ground, the dramatic scenes were often done just as well; you got to realize that even though the squadron was made up of screwballs they behaved as a unit and worked as a team to make it through whatever came up.
Later episodes in the series tend to be rather lacking in entertainment value. The addition of "Pappy's Lambs" - a group of nurses assigned to the island - was probably meant to help ratings, but at the same time the focus started to swing towards them and away from the war against the Japanese, which had been the backbone of the more successful earlier episodes. The overall writing of the series seems to have deteriorated as the show got towards the end of its run as well.
While mixed in quality through its run, the show is definitely worth watching, if nothing else for the Corsairs that were restored to be used on the show - great aircraft!
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