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Old 01-08-2015, 12:42 AM   #1
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Default "Aces High" - WWI movie

I hope I'm not too far out of bounds with this, but I just stumbled on this movie centered on WWI pilots with goodly amounts of real flying and real airplanes. Several Stampe SV4's masquerading as SE5s, a couple of Avros, a Tiger Moth (I know ), A Fokker Einedecker, and a Finnish VL Viima II(!)

I think the Avro is the only plane appearing as itself! I guess real WWI planes were hard to get ahold of, even in 1976

The movie is available via both Netflix and Amazon Prime streaming.

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Old 01-08-2015, 01:30 AM   #2
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Nice. I'll have to try to check it out. I love the old airplane movies!
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"Aces High" .... loosely based on "Journeys End"

Worth also to read the book : "A killing for the Hawks" by Frederick E Smith, which has a lot of similarity of story.

I've had a copy of this movie in avi for years ... have the original VHS tape at home.

Story was made to show the utter waste of young life in those days when life was measured in days ...

Quite a lot of Model work went into the movie as well ... so not 'all' are full size !!

They also pulled in private collections of aircraft to make up numbers ...

Excellent movie ...

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Old 01-08-2015, 09:19 AM   #4
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Problem when I see movies like this .. I want the model !!

I have an SE5 - so that's sorted ...... but an Avro ? mmmmm or a Stampe ... or the classic Tiggie ...

the other two movies that get me itching ...

Magnificent Men in Flying Machines and Blue Max !!

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I have four Tiger Moths, but not a single Finnish biplane!

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Good movie.

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Just a comment ...

The Brit planes are actually Replica SE5's and an Avro ... the biggest mistake on Brit side is the comment that Gresham flies a Nieuport and few seconds later lands his SE5 !

The German planes on the other hand are mostly Stampe's and Tiggies, with long shots using model D7's etc. .. the Eindecker being part of the replica fleet as well.

Interesting little tidbit ...

Dave Boddington ... well known in UK .. sadly passed on now. He had a company that specialised in providing model flying for movies and TV series .. his best being the DC3 series 'Airline' .. he also did various WW1 and other movie stuff.

He used to go round UK club nights on invitation and show 'out-takes' from his work ...

Two of particular merit ...

1) They needed a mock-up plane on the ground for filming and Dave / boys agreed to knock up a biplane shell on the ground for static job ... which got revised to being able to taxi ... so they knocked this machine up ... stuck a small engine in to just spin up the prop ...
When they did a film test of it - the darned thing actually lifted of the deck .. not much - but it did ! They had to then weight it down for actual shots !
2) Camera is set up at ground level looking along the grass line to the parked WW1 aircraft ... a beautiful shot ... and then a great big BOOT steps down right in front of the camera ... destroying the whole model illusion !!


Boddie - always had a new story to tell each time you met him ...

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I shan't get into a fight over it. The sources I consulted - including Wikipedia and the Internet Movie Plane Database, and Internet Movie Database - all said they were Stampe SV.4's modified to look like SE5s.

I lack the technical expertise to make that call, and was merely going by what those sources gave me.

In any event, lots of real planes really flying.

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Just tried watching it on Netflix again. As is usual with most movies there is 90% "fluff" and 10% flying. What flying they had was enjoyable though.

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