Flyboys (2006) – "First Dogfight"

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‘Flyboys’ is a Hollywood-styled war movie about the “Lafayette Escadrille”, a World War I fighter squadron made up of American volunteer pilots flying for the French Air Service before America’s official entry into the war.

In this selection, we see Texas-born Rawlings (James Franco) fly with his other squadron mates as they head out on their first mission to escort Allied bombers. Before they reach their destination, however, they are set upon by a German squadron, an action-packed dogfight ensues, and the Escadrille learns its first harsh lessons about the deadliness of aerial combat.

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20 comments

  1. Steve Kyhos 30 June, 2020 at 03:07 Reply

    Great soundtrack and because of the movie, was inspired to read more about the Lafayette escadrille. The real men and their true life stories are incredible!

  2. SomeStupidFace • 12 Years ago 30 June, 2020 at 03:07 Reply

    No even vaguely competant pilot would ever pointlessly sacrifise altitude and abandon his wingmate just to finish off a grounded Pilot. Especially when it involves weaving past trees. Theres also no way he would have been able to see a grounded pilot clearly enough to accurately fire at him.
    If someone saw you doing that, you would get beaten to a pulp by the other members of your squadron not only for your mercyless but for leaving your wingmate vulverable.

  3. Greg Harris 30 June, 2020 at 03:07 Reply

    At least in WW1 especially with Pilots, there was a code of chivalry and respect for each other, hense why he was scorned at by his wingman because it's just nasty what he did. If you shot someone down and he survived to fight another day ud probably fight the same guy in a couple of days.

  4. Metal Madness 30 June, 2020 at 03:07 Reply

    Bloody April, the Germans managed to shoot down the majority of Entante Ace pilots, giving them an unprecedented advantage in the air. British and French Air Corps were forced to try and counter with numbers, to make up the difference, since there was no better way to train pilots except in action. The result was lot's of deaths, until (with the assistance of the Lafayette Escardrille) they managed to regain a foothold, evening the odds once again.

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