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Korean War Carrier Flight Operations

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Korean War Carrier Flight Operations
Posted by Jammer on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 2:28 PM

So as I was working in my hobby room on an M3 Lee, I ended up watching the movie "Men of the Fighting Lady" from 1954.  Great film, lots of great footage of F9F-5 launches, flights, and recoveries.  It also included the crash scene from the 1976 movie Midway (when Charleton Heston's character dies crashing his F9F onto the flight deck - it was the movie I had on before the "Men of the Fighting Lady.")  The movie has a lot that the movie Top Gun borrowed: launch operations without the music soundtrack, a pilot escorting a disabled wingman back to the ship and landing (based on a true story), and a couple of other minor things.  Lots of great reference material. Not sure how I missed this movie before, except it doesn't seem to be played a lot on TV.

And that led me to this great clip I found:

Color footage of flight ops from the deck of the USS Leyte in the Korean War.  A really fun watch and even more reference materials. Launches and landings of F9Fs, F4Us, old A-1s, and the rescue helos.  It was so good I felt the need to share. 

And now I have to watch the Bridges of Toki-Ri as a follow up.

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Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 3:43 PM

I’ll have to check it out. It sounds good! I just watch Bridges at Toko Ri again last week. That one is always a great one to view.


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Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 4:37 PM

It is a good movie. I think the Squadron is the same as used for "Bridges", VF-192 I think.

And Oriskany.

James Michener wrote both (Blind pilot story) and is portrayed as a character in "Men of..".



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  • From: Nashotah, WI
Posted by Glamdring on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 5:58 PM

I caught this movie for the first time on TCM a month or two back, I agree it was an interesting one.


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