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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie, 24 July 2007
This review is from: Reach For The Sky [DVD] (DVD)
One of the best war movies ever made.
Technically, a few little faux pas (bubble canopies on 1940 Spitfire) but most people wouldn't notice that.
It's the story of a great and heroic Brit who overcame imense disabilties to become a Battle of Britain fighter ace and after being captured, a real pain in the neck for the Germans.
One thing that is not generally known is that Bader's ability to dog-fight was actually enhanced by his lack of legs.
In making tight turns in fighters, the "G" force pushes the blood from the brain into the legs and can cause black outs. Because Bader had no legs, he could thrown Spits and Hurricanes around the sky with little chance of blacking out. These days, fighter pilots wear "G" suits!
I understand that Douglas Bader was not quite as nice as portrayed by Kenny Moore, but that does not detract from his bravery or ones enjoyment of a great film.
Buy and enjoy
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Initial post: 11 Apr 2013 23:37:54 BDT
Bedinog says:
Nice touch,Ray, about Bader's 'advantage' in dogfighting.
Re the bubble canopy Spits (XVI's I think), I suspect that at the time the film was made, they would be more readily available than older marks. This was before the days of serious aircraft preservation and restoration.
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