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Air Cadet(1951)

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A written foreword reads: "This picture was photographed on the actual locations which appear upon the screen. Except for the principal players, all Air Force personnel are shown as themselves, in the actual roles and duties they perform in real life. To the officers, cadets and airmen of the United States Air Force, Air Training Command, this picture is gratefully and respectfully dedicated." Although a October 3, 1950 Hollywood Reporter news item credits William Clothier as aerial photographer, the onscreen credits list Clyde De Vinna in this capacity, and the extent of Clothier's contribution to the completed film has not been determined. Included in the cast was Virgil I. Grissom, the Mercury astronaut better known as "Gus" Grissom (1926-1967).
       A December 1950 AC article reports that Vinna shot the scenes of the military jets, or F80 Shooting Stars, by lying on his stomach anchored to a B-25 bomber, using a camera bracketed into the tail assembly of the plane. A later AC article added that much of the flying was done at an altitude at which G-forces were in effect, making everything, including the sixty-pound camera and the photographers' own bodies, feel seven times heavier. In addition, the need for high-contrast backgrounds meant they could not shoot on days when the sky was clear or blue. Although the file on the film in the MPAA/PCA collection at the AMPAS library indicated that some songs were planned for the film, none were mentioned in reviews and there were no songs in the viewed print. Some scenes were shot on location at Randolph Field, TX; Williams Field, AZ; and Tindel Field and Panama City, FL.