Approved | | Drama, War
A military surgeon teams with a ranking navy flyer to develop a high-altitude suit which will protect pilots from blacking out when they go into a steep dive.
Jack Benny did a parody of this movie on his radio show which aired 10/26/1941
Lt. Cmdr. Joe Blake, squadron commander:
Tim, the doctor here wants a pair of wings so he can visit his ex-patients. See if you can jam his head into a cockpit.
When the carrier pilots launch to fly to Pearl Harbor, Joe Blake (Fred McMurray) climbs into a one-seat monoplane (Brewster F2A Buffalo?) with a very visible circular headrest behind him. However, when the planes are launching, they are Curtiss SBC Helldiver biplanes with elongated "greenhouse" cockpits that contain two crewmembers. Later in a continuation of the same flight, Joe Blake seems to be flying a Buffalo again (based on the circular headrest), but Vought SB2U Vindicators are shown diving.
This picture produced under the auspices of the motion picture committee, cooperating for national defense.