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"Dive Bomber" movie (1941)

Old 11th May 2015, 19:33
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"Dive Bomber" movie (1941)

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??

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Old 11th May 2015, 21:50
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Got it on DVD - needed a bit of online help to identify a couple of types that starred in it!
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Old 11th May 2015, 23:03
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Some quite amazing formation flying in that old classic.
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Old 11th May 2015, 23:57
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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

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Old 12th May 2015, 10:06
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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!
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Old 12th May 2015, 10:11
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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).
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Strange that putting inline engines in radial cowlings never caught on.
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"Dive Bomber" movie (1941)

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.
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