Synopsis: Major Chick Davis proves to the U.S. Army the superiority of high altitude precision bombing, and establishes a school for bombardiers. Training is followed in semi-documentary style, with personal dramas in subplots. The climax is a spectacular, if somewhat jingoistic, battle sequence.
Genre: Drama, War
Production: RKO Pictures
99 min

Where is he?

I can't see anything.

We were under the impression

this was a bombing demonstration -

not an altitude test.

This is a precision bombing

mission at 20,000ft.

And we're lucky that Major Davis

is up there instead of down here,

talking your arm off about it.

Navigator, what do you

think of precision bombing?

I don't know, sir.

Don't know, huh?

Bombardier to pilot,

Bombardier to pilot.

Altitude 20,130ft.

Let's fly a 90-degree heading.

Ready to open bomb bay doors.

"All right, sir.

"On course and level, your ship."

Bombs away.




You don't know, huh?

Well, he showed me.

That's remarkable.

Impressive, General. Thank you.

Lucky stiff.

Read that back.

Burton Hughes, Hughes Field,

Almansor, New Mexico.

Dear Burt, when the securing of

property for the new training centre

first received approval,

I immediately tossed your name

in the hat. That's right.

All I had to do really was...

to remind them that Hughes Field

belonged to General Hughes, your dad,

the greatest man

ever to climb into a cockpit.

So you can blame me for turning

your highly respectable

civilian flying school

into a Bombardiers' training post.

It all started as a crazy experiment

perpetrated by an old friend of mine,

Major Chick Davis.

Personally, I'm afraid he's due

for a nosedive.

Whoever heard of building a vault

to keep at trick glass eye in?

They'll probably use it for

a mausoleum one of these days,

to bury poor old Chick and his dream.

I suppose Chick's assistants

have already got the first classes

of cadets under way

and almost any day now Major Davis

will be arriving to take charge.

How do you like it here, Sergeant?

Very well, sir.

We'll change that - from now

on it's the Bombardier School.

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John Twist

John Twist (July 14, 1898 – February 11, 1976) was an American screenwriter whose career spanned four decades. Born John Stuart Twist in Albany, Missouri, he began his career in the silent film era, providing the story for such films as Breed of Courage, Blockade, and The Big Diamond Robbery. He earned his first screenwriting credit for The Yellowback in 1929. Twist died in Beverly Hills, California. more…

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