Air Strike

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Air Strike movie poster.

Movie (1955)

Richard Denning (Commander Stanley Blair)
Don Haggerty (Lieutenant Richard Huggins)
James Courtney (Ensign James Delaney)
William Hudson (Lieutenant John Smith)

(Synopsis needed)

Grumman F9F Cougar

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208 a Grumman F9F-6 Cougar of VF-142 "Fighting Falcons".

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Action is set on the U.S.S. Essex (CVA-9) but some footages were shot on other carrier like this one filmed on USS Oriskany (CVA-34).

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North American XFJ-2 Fury

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756 stands for BuNo 133756 of the XFJ-2B prototype here firing a burst with her two (starboard) 20mm guns ... a continuity error as this action is seen in place of the Grumman Cougar.

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754 (BuNo 133754) is the first prototype of the North American NA-179 (or XFJ-2 Fury for the U.S. Navy) alongside the BuNo 133755 (second prototype) with a McDonnell F2H-4 Banshee in the foreground.

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McDonnell F2H Banshee

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A flipped footage of the McDonnell F2H-1 Banshee BuNo 122996 (delivered in 1949 or slighty before) used to show a Grumman F9F Cougar hooking the arrester wire.

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McDonnell F2H-2P Banshee reconnaissance plane (Modex 25, BuNo 128875) of Composite Squadron Sixty-One (VC-61):

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McDonnell F2H-3 Banshee of Composite Squadron Three (VC-3):

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McDonnell F2H-2 Banshee :

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Another inverted footage, this time with a McDonnell F2H-2 of VF-171, the first squadron to be equipped with Banshees. Next action shows pilots running to their aircraft of this unit through correct footage (not flipped).

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Modex 109, a McDonnell F2H Banshee with an impressive tally of (at least) 60 missions -only 45 here visible-, possibly of Fighter Squadron 11 or VF-11 (blurred Grumman F9F Cougars in the background).

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Various Aircraft

The McDonnell F2H2P Banshee '25' is taxiing towards the bow. A dozen of Grumman F9F Cougars are parked on starboard with five Douglas AD Skyraiders at port.

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North American FJ-1 Fury

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Mitsubishi A6M Zero

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Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15

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Douglas SBD Dauntless

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Curtiss SB2C Helldiver

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Unidentified Japanese fighter

A Japanese fighter with a four-blade propeller : Kawanishi N1K or Nakajima Ki-44-II or Nakajima Ki-84 ?

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Douglas AD Skyraider

Parked on the stern behind two Grumman F9F Cougars on the elevator.

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Piasecki HUP Retriever

With another two Grumman F9F Cougars (those are of VF-24) in the foreground.

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Curtiss SO3C Seamew

Used during a night AAA (Anti-Aircraft Artillery) training fire.

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Douglas AD-4W Skyraider

Seen during a foggy day hidding the U.S.S. Essex (CVA-9), a Douglas AD-4W Skyraider -the early warning version variant- wearing the VC-11 tailcode (ND).

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Sikorsky HO3S-1

Sikorsky HO3S-1 taking off to a rescue mission.

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