According to the trailers that I've seen on TV, it's coming out 19 Oct.
Any such movie should have potential for models, but I'm not holding my
breath any more as to seeing them come out.
On a related note, I have a question.
One of the actors in the piece is black and he's dressed as a pilot. I
didn't think that there were any black officers during the First War so
I have to ask this: were there ~any~ black pilots during that war? I
know that the Tuskagee Airmen had to fight like hell to go into combat,
but this was twenty-three years earlier.
Saw Flyboys today.
Lafayette Escadrille. The black guy joined the French Air Force so no
problems there with his flying. Good guys flying "Nieuport 17's". Bad guys
flying "Fokker Triplanes"
All the triplanes are painted red with white bands & Maltese crosses. Look
like a bunch of Richthofen clones. Head bad guy is flying an all black
Plenty of good action, realistic cgi.
Not a bad flick...
Good movie actually, I was rather impressed. Of course there was the
requisite love story thrown in, but still.... The battle scenes were
graphic enough; in one scene a German pilot very clearly takes a bullet in
the top of the head--you can see the top of the leather helmet pop. Bet
that hurt like hell...for about a millisecond.
Andrew M said the following on 08/10/06 23:19:
Cockfield, Jamie. Eugene Bullard, America's First Black Military
Aviator, Flew for France During World War I. Military History 12:10+
Gatski, John. Enlisted History: Eugene J. Bullard, the First Black
Combat Pilot. Sergeants 27:42-43 January-February 1988.
Smith, Mary H. The Incredible Life of Monsieur Bullard. Ebony 23:120
December 1967. World's first black fighter pilot (flew for France in WWI).
Did some secondary continuity work for the film. Screw top wine bottle
in the bar scenes and the like. They fixed everythng that we noted with
one huge exception. All shots of the Nieuports and Fokker Dr.Is from
head on reveal the engines to be radials as opposed to rotories. As
maybe on out of every thousand moviegoers would notice the difference
they left those scenes alone. They also didn't want to hear it when we
noted that almost all of the Dr.Is being all red was a big no no!
Other aircraft, both real and cg, in the film include SE.5as, Gotha
bombers, Handley-Page 0-400s, Sopwith 1-1/2 Strutters.
All in all a really enjoyable flick with some superb acton sequences
and excellent research.
Now, how about The Frank Luke Story?
Richard Brooks wrote:
FWIW There was a brief article on Eugene Bullard in a back issue of
Windsock International in their series on the Lafayette Flying Corps. He
flew an aircraft, I don't remember if it was a Nieuport or a SPAD, with
the personal emblem of a heart dripping blood on the side. Under the
heart was written "All blood runs red" in French. Interesting guy, there
is a bio page on him in Nordhoff and Hall's History of the Lafayette
There is a more complete biography of Bullard in "The Lafayette Flying
Corps" by Dennis Gordon, Schiffer Publications, ISBN #o=7643-1108-5.
This last is still available from the publisher I believe.
sadly, this is the first i've ever heard of this amazing
guy. a quick read shows that more study is called for.
say what you want about the french, it's cool to french bash
no, i guess, but they are a lot more tolerant than the rest
of europe. i was laways very disappointed by the rampant
racism in england.
e said the following on 09/10/06 19:48:
One thing. Tuskegee Airmen!
I think you'll find pockets of resistance to change in all countries and
it depends on where you are. Our Asian Mela's are a great success and
I've felt very proud to have been adopted by a lovely family of Sikhs
when I was a lad and also the only white in a carribean club, whilst
playing in a reggae band.
Like most countries there is some good humoured animosity in the two or
more countries involved and it's usually the press and government of
those countries who keep prodding the other country with sticks even
when the folk who live in those countries are tired of it all and more
interested in how they're just going to get on with the normal things in
life such as paying bills and being able to afford things. In the Cold
War, most of the old folk living next to USAF Brize Norton were more
worried about the next cup of tea and should we get some vodka in for
I like the French and like any good friend, they should still be
considered your friend even if they disagree on something important,
such as invading another country! ;-)
This is all I could find on her on a quick web search. The only reason
I know is because Lola was my cousin's grandmother by marriage. She was
known by a number of Tuskeegee Airman, whom I am told attended her funeral.
What is really sad is that my family told me that Lola stopped talking
about her life as an aviatrix when she was older because no one believed
her. It wasn't until her funeral and the relation of her life by the
attendant Airmen that the family paid more attention to her life story.
And what troubles me is that I missed out on a chance to talk with a
part of living history. She never knew I am a model builder, pilot,
skydiver, and aeronautical engineer...what a chat we could have had...
apparently a lot of vets didn't talk about their expiriences
for the same reason. i spoke with a blackcat ariman who quit
going to veterans things because the other airmen considered
him a liar when he told of bombing and starfing ships in a
cat. the simple didn't believe him.
he was really excited when i took him to lunch and listened
for over 4 hours. this quiet little wimpy guy had more balls
than any 10 ehllcat pilots and never thought himself
Yup. If you know the story of "Chico the Gunfighter" - an F4E operated
over Viet Nam as a roving CAS/Attacker, I spent a few years with one of
Chico's last WSOs as a officemate.
What a guy - if there was ever a "fighter-jock for life", this guy is
that guy. Halloween was a particularly fun time, as he would come in
his Black Widows party bag (which he still fit - he's a serious runner),
and bring in all sorts of memorabilia and photos from his combat days.
I used to get goosebumps when he'd let me handle his charts...real