Air Force Overview:

Air Force (1943) was a Black-and-white - War Film directed by Howard Hawks and produced by Hal B. Wallis and Jack L. Warner.


The story of the crew manning a B-17 Flying Fortress in action throughout the Pacific is tailor-made for director Hawks, the undisputed master of men-under-pressure adventures. Stirring aerial battle scenes and believable dialogue life this far above the average WWII propaganda vehicle.

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Academy Awards 1943 --- Ceremony Number 16 (source: AMPAS)

Best CinematographyJames Wong Howe, Elmer Dyer, Charles MarshallNominated
Best Film EditingGeorge AmyWon
Best WritingDudley NicholsNominated

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Air Force (1943): Howard Hawks Takes on WWII

By 4 Star Film Fan on Nov 4, 2020 From 4 Star Films

At times, Air Force functions like a staged documentary. It feels both instructive and informed by Howard Hawks’ own passion for aviation. It has the simple task of making sure the folks at home can empathize with their boys up in the air. In fact, it falls short of being a mere instructional ... Read full article

Air Force (1943)

By Beatrice on Oct 11, 2014 From Flickers in Time

Air Force Directed by Howard Hawks Written by Dudley Nichols 1943/USA Warner Bros. First viewing/Amazon Instant Video Air Force?is a solid piece of wartime propaganda, this time in the air. An air crew comprised of the usual assortment of Hollywood types has been assigned to deliver a new bomber,... Read full article

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Quotes from

Pilot Irish Quincannon: Tell the crew they can sleep in the next world.

Pilot Irish Quincannon: Pilot to crew: take a good look at Pearl Harbor. Maybe it's something you'll want to remember.

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Facts about

The aircraft that played the parts of Zeros in the film were actually Republic P-43A Lancers.
Henry Blair is in studio records/casting call lists playing "Quincannon's Son" and he's called Michael in the film, but he does not appear.
The aircraft used to play "Mary Ann" was a B-17B, one of 19 that had the gunners' bubbles replaced by the flush gun positions of the B-17C and B-17D. This aircraft MAY have been aircraft 38-583 or possibly 39-010. Also, aircraft "18" in the movie is 38-269. Pause the scenes where John Ridgely has walked in front of the daytime flight line with numbers "18" and "05" in the back ground, and, as he is talking to the crew in the bombay, look through the gap between the bomb bay door and the fuselage: as you pause and forward frame-by-frame, you will see the tail of "18" just barely enough to see the numbers "8269" showing! This means that aircraft "18" is actually B-17B 38-269.
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