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(1976)

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Anachronisms 

Because of the use of disguised, more modern, inauthentic aircraft, most (with the exception of the mocked-up SE5s with their forward-facing radiators hiding the V8) are shown with radial, instead of, rotary engines, where the engine block rotates around a fixed crankshaft.
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Because of the use of more modern 'disguised' aircraft, most of the kites shown have pneumatic tyres on their undercarriage, instead of the solid rubber tyres correct to the period.
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Upon arrival at 76 squadron, Croft introduces himself to Bennett (the mess Cpl) as "Second Lieutenant Croft". At this point, the RFC were still technically part of the Army. Tradition and custom dictate that he and other officers refer to his rank as simply 'Lieutenant'. The 'second' would only be mentioned in official communiqués.
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Continuity 

Croft and Sinclair fly an Avro 504 on a reconnaissance mission. They are attacked by a German fighter. When we see the Avro from the German pilots point of view, it has transformed into a Caudron Luciole, because those scenes are outtakes from "The Blue Max".
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Sinclair informs Croft that Gresham uses a Nieuport "that he swears by", but every time we see Gresham aloft he is flying an SE5 like the rest of the squadron.
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Factual errors 

What are supposed to be SE-5 aircraft are modified 1930's era Tiger Moths. The SE-5 did not have swept wings or round wingtips.
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In the first air combat scene, the German aircraft shown is a Fokker E.III monoplane. That particular model had already been withdrawn from service over a year before the movie takes place. (E.III was withdrawn early 1916, the movie takes place late 1917).
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Major Gressham is depicted as the leader of 76 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps. That particular squadron was based in England throughout the war and never saw action in France or elsewhere.
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When visiting the bordello, one of the companions remarks to Crawford that Croft is 'tout seul' ('all alone'), but instead of the glottal stop, she carries the 't' into the second word, effectively saying 'toute seule' (feminine)-this is typical of Anglophone efforts to speak French. She should have said 'tou- seul', omitting the 't' completely.
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