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11th May 2015, 18:33
I'm enjoying a slow watch of this film,, over a few evenings, from a TV showing a few weeks ago - plot is ok, as is acting but the colour film of US Navy planes of the day, in pre-war livery is just excellent!

Anybody else see it??


11th May 2015, 20:50
Got it on DVD - needed a bit of online help to identify a couple of types that starred in it!

11th May 2015, 22:03
Some quite amazing formation flying in that old classic.

11th May 2015, 22:57
Anybody else see it??Yep, many times! Have you got to the part where the "RAF British fighter" makes an appearance? :)

Dive Bomber - The Internet Movie Plane Database (http://impdb.org/index.php?title=Dive_Bomber)


12th May 2015, 09:06
Yes, "RAF fighter" indeed! What the heck is it? I was thinking a Ryan of some type but guess it resembles a fairly common American style of the time.

Now finished my watching - all great in-flight footage except the final shot, I thought - think I will probably keep a copy for future re-viewing!

12th May 2015, 09:11
Apologies, just viewed your attachment, with very helpful list of all types in the movie.

I certainly needed the list, as I'm rather hazy on those inter-war Navy types, some of which I'm more used to in war time colours (Vindicator etc).

12th May 2015, 11:33
Strange that putting inline engines in radial cowlings never caught on. :O

17th May 2015, 10:13
According to "the New Ryan" by Ev Cassagneres there were two Ryan STAs used in this movie.
The one shown above with the dummy radial cowling was s/n 139, NC16039.
The other, also in RAF colours and coded "RX-P", was s/no. 128, NC17305. This has the standard in-line Menasco cowling and an enclosed sliding canopy.

Whilst the Ryan ST/PT series were obviously not fighter planes in a true sense, armed versions were sold to China, Guatemala and Honduras.
Tony Broadhurst