A famed war pilot (nicknamed "Tailspin Tommy") is held hostage for his bomb targeting invention.A famed war pilot (nicknamed "Tailspin Tommy") is held hostage for his bomb targeting invention.A famed war pilot (nicknamed "Tailspin Tommy") is held hostage for his bomb targeting invention.
In the beginning, we see a young Tommy rescuing an aviator he idolized who'd landed in a lake after a barnstorming parachute jump. He brings the aviator, "Brandy" Rand, home, and shows him a crude aviation simulator, which "Brandy" "flies." From this, "Brandy" somehow determines that young Tommy might make a good pilot.
Flash forward. Tommy is a pilot, with friends, and he's developed a new bombing mechanism, which he's trying to interest the Government in. But he needs $300 to finish the project. Fortunately, a lady decides to take flying lessons, and that, plus some other "stashed away" money, and they're ready to demonstrate their gadget.
A protracted demonstration flight takes place, with the monoplane modified as a bomber drops its load at 30,000 feet. Given the extreme height, the bombing device astonishingly works, but both pilots in the aircraft lose their oxygen supply and are unconscious when the bombs let go. They recover in time to pull the aircraft out of a spin, and everybody's happy.
But the test is being observed by others, who want the invention to sell on the international market. One member of this group is the lady who signed up to take flying lessons. Another is "Brandy"! By a ruse that wouldn't fool a ten-year-old, they capture Tommy, his pilot buddy, and his girlfriend. They use threat of harm to the girl to force Tommy to replicate the blueprints for his invention.
While doing so, he and his friends overpower their guards and make a break for it! In a better film, all the above might take 45 minutes, but this film drags. I cannot recommend it, unless you just want to look at a few old aircraft, or to puzzle out why the film has the title it does.
- Dec 20, 2005