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Great story in 1942, ridicoulos in 2012
From the present view the movie shows brave and fearless pilots, that fight for democracy and little chinese children. A pilot like Woody wouldn't take more than two days in a serious squad. OK, it was another time and the US were hungry for heroes. Nevertheless the question still lasts, why the Japs have only only one pilot, who is killed again and again and again. Hard fellows, the Japanese, aren't they? :D
just don't take it too seriously!
It's fun to see the Duke in one of his earliest roles, creating the character he would play for another generation. And the Japanese planes are real! (They are Nakajima Ki-27 fighters as originally shown in a Japanese feature film.) But everything else about the flick is as wrong as could be. The Flying Tigers were all U.S. military pilots, not barnstormers, adventurers, and former airline captains as shown in the movie. And they didn't fight the Japanese before Pearl Harbor: their first combat was Dec 20, 1941, near Kunming. For more about all this, see Flying Tigers: Claire Chennault and His American Volunteers, 1941-1942, new from HarperCollins. Blue skies! -- Dan Ford