Flight Command 81 years old

T-H-R-I-L-L AMERICA! Here come The Flying "HELL CATS"!

Flight Command

A rookie flyer, Ens. Alan Drake, joins the famous Hellcats Squadron right out of flight school in Pensacola. He doesn't make a great first impression when he is forced to ditch his airplane and parachute to safety when he arrives at the base but is unable to land due to heavy fog. On his first day on the job, his poor shooting skills results in the Hellcats losing an air combat competition. His fellow pilots accept him anyways but they think he's crossed the line when they erroneously conclude that while their CO Billy Gray is away, Drake has an affair with his wife Lorna. Drake is now an outcast and is prepared to resign from the Navy but his extreme heroism in saving Billy Gray's life turns things around.

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Flight Command Cast

Name Character
Tom Neal He was 26, 58 years old when he died as Hell Cat
Walter Pidgeon He was 43, 87 years old when he died as Squadron Commander Billy Gary
Walter Sande He was 34, 65 years old when he died as Officer on Downed Seaplane
William Tannen He was 29, 65 years old when he died as Lieut. Freddy Townsend
Dick Wessel He was 27, 52 years old when he died as Big Sailor on Downed Seaplane
Robert Taylor He was 29, 57 years old when he died as Ens. Alan Drake
Shepperd Strudwick He was 33, 75 years old when he died as Lieut. Jerry Banning
Donald Douglas He was 7, 12 years old when he died as 1st Duty Officer
Addison Richards He was 38, 61 years old when he died as Vice Admiral
William Stelling He was 26, 84 years old when he died as Lieut. Bush
Reed Hadley He was 29, 63 years old when he died as Admiral's Aide
Ruth Hussey She was 29, 93 years old when she died as Lorna Gray
Gayne Whitman He was 50, 68 years old when he died as Doctor
James Millican He was 29, 44 years old when he died as North Island Tower Operator (voice)
John Raitt He was 23, 88 years old when he died as Hell Cat
Nat Pendleton He was 45, 72 years old when he died as C.P.O. 'Spike' Knowles
Lee Tung Foo He was 65, 91 years old when he died as Jung, Gary's Servant
John Sheehan He was 55, 66 years old when he died as Friendly Mechanic
James Seay He was 26, 78 years old when he died as Officer on Downed Seaplane
Red Skelton He was 27, 84 years old when he died as Lieut. 'Mugger' Martin
Alberto Morin He was 38, 86 years old when he died as Waiter
Howard Wilson He was 54, now 26 years old as Hell Cat
Stanley Smith He was 37, 71 years old when he died as Lieut. Frost
Pat Flaherty He was 14, 76 years old when he died as 2nd Duty Officer
Steve Pendleton He was 32, 76 years old when he died as North Island Tower Operator
Jack Luden He was 38, 49 years old when he died as Hell Cat
Forbes Murray He was 56, 98 years old when he died as Captain
John Hamilton He was 53, 71 years old when he died as Pensacola Commander
Paul Kelly He was 41, 57 years old when he died as Lieut. Cmdr. 'Dusty' Rhodes
Dick Purcell He was 32, 35 years old when he died as Lieut. 'Stichy' Payne
Bruce Edwards He was 13, 47 years old when he died as Hell Cat
George Offerman, Jr. He was 23, 45 years old when he died as Small Sailor on Downed Seaplane

Flight Command Crew

Name Department
Wells Root as Screenplay. He was 40 (92) years old when He died Writing
John Sutherland as Story. He was 30 (90) years old when He died Writing
Harvey S. Haislip as Story. He was 51 (89) years old when He died Writing
Harvey S. Haislip as Screenplay. He was 51 (89) years old when He died Writing
Flight Command poster
Flight Command (81 years)

T-H-R-I-L-L AMERICA! Here come The Flying "HELL CATS"!

  • Release day: Friday, December 27, 1940
  • Runtime: 116 minutes