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Best Naval Aviation movies

Max the Mad Russian

Hands off Ukraine! Feet too
There are a few hysterical scenes with a Dauntless doing some stuff it probably couldn’t do.
Do you mean tailslide? Maybe so, but at Feb 1st, 1942 - I'm pretty sure this depicts Taroa airfield strike - there was something similar:

"During pull out the planes were immediately engaged by what must have been a low level fighter patrol, and defensive maneuvering prevented rendezvous. Action broke up into individual dog fights... In most cases break off was accomplished by a nose high pull out and turn away, which, to well trained free gunners should prove a "sitter" - that's from here
 

Griz882

Well-Known Member
pilot
Just so long as it's not Pearl Harbor Part Deux . . .🤢🤮
I don't think it will. While there are wives, they seem to be (at least from the previews) in support roles. No fighter pilots become bomber pilots and interestingly the movie appears to center on dive bomber and torpedo crews (meaning Ens. Gay is featured in the story). Yes, you do get to see some Zeros flying between palm trees at Pearl Harbor and I think there is a scene where a SBD gunner shoots down what I imagine is a Betty from the deck of a carrier. From this short brush I think the CGI aircraft (especially the Japanese) are a bit off (bombers too thin, look too much like Ju-88's) but the broader story is about the intelligence effort to bring the fleet to victory. I think it will be good, but not especially accurate with reference to aircraft.
 

Griz882

Well-Known Member
pilot
Do you mean tailslide? Maybe so, but at Feb 1st, 1942 - I'm pretty sure this depicts Taroa airfield strike - there was something similar:

"During pull out the planes were immediately engaged by what must have been a low level fighter patrol, and defensive maneuvering prevented rendezvous. Action broke up into individual dog fights... In most cases break off was accomplished by a nose high pull out and turn away, which, to well trained free gunners should prove a "sitter" - that's from here
Very interesting...good find! That may even be the scene they are replicating.
 

Pags

Pope of Chili Town
pilot
And C. W. McClusky too. Actually, 4th June was his first battle sortie as a bomber pilot.
Seeing as how the war was only 6mo old, Enterprise had only been involved in two other actions (Marshall island raid and Doolittle raid), and McClusky had become CAG in APR42 after having been CO of VF-6 that's not too surprising.
I think there is a scene where a SBD gunner shoots down what I imagine is a Betty from the deck of a carrier. From this short brush I think the CGI aircraft (especially the Japanese) are a bit off (bombers too thin, look too much like Ju-88's) but the broader story is about the intelligence effort to bring the fleet to victory. I think it will be good, but not especially accurate with reference to aircraft.
That actually happened at least once during the war that I could quickly verify:
 

Flash

SEVAL/ECMO
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That actually happened at least once during the war that I could quickly verify:
Beat me to the punch! I have read about that particular incident several times, shows that the writers did a little bit of actual research for the movie.
 

Griz882

Well-Known Member
pilot
Seeing as how the war was only 6mo old, Enterprise had only been involved in two other actions (Marshall island raid and Doolittle raid), and McClusky had become CAG in APR42 after having been CO of VF-6 that's not too surprising.

That actually happened at least once during the war that I could quickly verify:
Like @Max the Mad Russian, excellent find! I need to stop being so lazy. I have more confidence now that the writer stitched together a number of true events to tell a good story.
 

Max the Mad Russian

Hands off Ukraine! Feet too
Seeing as how the war was only 6mo old, Enterprise had only been involved in two other actions (Marshall island raid and Doolittle raid), and McClusky had become CAG in APR42 after having been CO of VF-6 that's not too surprising.
CYAG Cdr Oskar Pedersen had been fighter pilot too but found his indispensable role as FDO. VF-3 CO Jimmy Tatch before being fighter was seaplane pilot on a cruiser. That time showed quite tolerate attitude: one has to know how to start the engine (or two, or four) , make blind check of the cockpit instruments, know some speed limits and... Good luck.
 
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