Rafe grins and guns his plane low, in the opposite direction
he was moving before. Danny reacts almost instantly...
leapfrogging in the opposite direction, scaring the piss out
of everybody else.
That's it, get into a wedge!
The squadron responds, forming up into a tight V, Rafe and
Danny just behind and on either side of the center.
Didn't you say test the limits?
Hey, you wanna test my limits, you better
line up a couple dozen women on the
GROUND...cause I got NO limits in the
Rafe grins, loving the challenge. Then he and Danny do the
leapfrogging maneuver laterally, swapping sides in the V.
EXT. NEW JERSEY AIRFIELD - DAY
The planes land in tight order and taxi off the runway; shut
down their props, slide back the canopies and hop down. We
see young pilots we'll get to know: ANTHONY, BILLY, RED.
Where are McCawley and Walker?
EXT. RAFE AND DANNY - STILL IN THE AIR - DAY
They've circled to opposite ends of the airfield and are now
heading right at each other, like two bullets playing
INT. THE COCKPITS
From Rafe and Danny's POV, the rush is awesome.
THE PILOTS ON THE GROUND watch in awe as the P-40's get so
close they can't possibly get out of each other's way.
Billy, the most boyish-faced of the pilots, yells to drown
out the sound of the collision...
At the last instant, both planes snap a quarter turn so that
their wings are vertical, and they shoot past each other
belly to belly.
IN THE COCKPITS:
Rafe and Danny burst out laughing.
THE PILOTS ON THE GROUND
laugh and congratulate each other.
You know what they say... You can take the
crop duster out of the country -- but
don't put him in a P-40.