One of the most durable genres in cinema, the aviation film has captivated
audiences for decades with tales of heroism, bravery and overcoming seemingly
insurmountable odds. Some of these movies have become national icons, achieving
critical and commercial success when first released in cinemas and still
attracting new audiences today.
But what are the stories that lie behind the production of these films? How did
they come about? Where were they filmed? How did the production teams get access
to all of the aircraft? And how were the special effects achieved?
In Planes on Film: Ten Favourite Aviation Films, Colin M. Barron reveals many