Approved | | Drama, War
A famous writer visits an aircraft carrier during the Korean war to learn more about it and the way it's run. He also gets to find out more about the Navy and Marine aviators themselves, their internal and external conflicts and dangers of their job.
According to contemporary articles in The Hollywood Reporter, this film was shot aboard two World War II-era carriers: the U.S.S. Oriskany (CV-34) in the Pacific ocean off San Francisco, and the U.S.S. Princeton (CV-37) at San Diego. However, the real carrier that was and is nicknamed "The Fighting Lady" is the U.S.S. Yorktown (CV-10) - since 1975 a museum ship at Charleston, South Carolina. At the time of this film, the Yorktown had been mothballed at Bremerton, Washington. See the WWII documentary of the ship: The Fighting Lady (1944).
Lt. Howard Thayer:
It's not what you say, Ken, it's what you do.
The ejection sequence is not an F9F but a T-33 during testing of the original ejection seat.