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The film opens with a stanza from the poem "The Sermon of St. Francis" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: "He giveth you your wings to fly/And breathe a purer air on high/And careth for you everywhere,/Who for yourselves so little care." The working title for this film was Don't Ever Grieve Me. This film marked the debut of Lizabeth Scott, whom Hollywood Reporter called "a blonde girl with a low-pitched and vibrant voice and a fire-beneath-ice personality." According to Par News, Hal Wallis received permission from Mr. and Mrs. DeWitt Hutchings, the owners of the historic Mission Inn at Riverside, CA, for the duplication of the inn for the film. The celebrated fliers' wall at the inn contains the wings of famous flyers "Hap" Arnold, James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle, Amelia Earhart and Eddie Rickenbacher. The traditional ceremony in which fliers place their wings on the wall is included in this film.
According to Hollywood Reporter, a Beechcraft Model 18-S airplane was reproduced by the Beech Aircraft Corp. of Wichita, KS, for special air sequences, which were shot at the Metropolitan Airport in Van Nuys, CA. Director John Farrow, who was sent home wounded in 1941 with the rank of commander in the Canadian Navy, was recalled to service after the completion of this film. As reported in Hollywood Reporter, Robert Cummings was on leave from the Army Air Corps as a civilian flight instructor to make this film. Technical advisor Col. Clarence A. Shoop, who was billed onscreen as "Colonel C. A. Shoop Air Corps. U.S. Army," was the winner of the Distinguished Flying Cross for his work during the D-Day invasion in France as commander of the Seventh Photo Reconnaissance group of General Jimmy Doolittle's Eighth Air Force. Julie Bishop, who appears in the film, was Shoop's wife. Lizabeth Scott and Don DeFore reprised their roles in a Lux Radio Theatre broadcast on January 7, 1946, co-starring Van Johnson. The name of the character played by Robert Cummings, "Bob Collins," was also the name of the character he portrayed in his popular television series, The Bob Cummings Show, which ran from 1955-59. In the series, his character was a former World War II pilot.