Captain Blackadder, Lieutenant George, and Private Baldrick see joining the Air Corps as a great way of sitting in a classroom instead of fighting on the front lines. Unfortunately for them, the course is taught by Squadron Commander Flasheart, who lives for danger- much like his nemesis, the infamous Red Baron.Written by
For the flying sequences, footage from Aces High (1976) was re-edited and dubbed over with the actors' voices. See more »
Blackadder asks for a message to be sent to the Head of the Royal Flying Corps, Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Massingbird-Massingbird VC DFC and Bar. Air Chief Marshal is a rank of the Royal Air Force, and was not instituted until 1919, two years after the episode is set. See more »
Hey girls, look at my machinery!
[feminine squeals of delight off stage - cue to Flasheart entering room buttoning up his files]
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Aside from some sloppy use of stock footage, a funny episode...thanks to Lord Flasheart!
Like the last episode, this one features a nice cameo from a star from the first episode ("Bells") from "Blackadder II". Early on, Squadron Commander Flasheart is forced to crash his plane and lands at the British front lines. He is EXACTLY like he was in the previous show--all swagger and sex drive! And, just like the last episode, Bob shows up for a bit of a tongue-lashing from Flasheart.
As a result of the visit, the usual three idiots (Blackadder, George and Baldrick) all get air corps fever--all thinking it will be glorious AND safer than staying in the trenches. Plus, Blackadder thinks the duty will be soft--with lots of girls and booze. Unfortunately, when they arrive at flight training, it's taught by the idiot Flasheart--who mostly makes sexual innuendos and does practically no teaching at all! And, in the only REAL teaching he does is explain that the life expectancy of a pilot is about 20 minutes!
Fortunately, the two are shot down but survive--and are taken to a German prison. Unfortunately, the idiot George wants to go behind enemy lines to rescue him! With help like that, Edmund might as well just shoot himself.
By the way, I know they took clips from another TV series, but they didn't even bother finding clips involving a two-person airplane--just a single-seat model. Which, is a bit of a cock-up, as Baldrick AND Edmund are supposed to be in the plane TOGETHER.
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