Devil Dogs of the Air

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Devil Dogs of the Air movie poster.

Movie (1934)
Also known as : Flying Marines
French title : Le bousilleur

James Cagney (Thomas Jefferson "Tommy" O'Toole)
Pat O'Brien (Lieut. William R. "Bill" Brannigan)
Margaret Lindsay (Betty Roberts)
Frank McHugh ("Crash" Kelly)

Tommy, the "World's Greatest Aviator", enlisted in the Marines. Learning (!) to fly annoys him but what he wouldn't do for the love of the beautiful Betty ? But Betty is in love with his instructor ...

Note : the star duo of Here Comes the Navy is coming back !

Loening OL-8

Or Loening OL-9 ? (only with some equipment changes).

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Boeing F4B

Boeing F4Bs flying in formation above the clouds. Note the flare shield mounted on underside on lower wingtip.

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Line-up in front of the Tower (Airway beacon) in the distance, Marines Air Station of San Diego.
The flare shield is more visible under the wingting.
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Travel Air D4000

Reg. NC406N Travelair D4000 Speedwing c/n 1337.
Same aircraft in other movies at Frequently Seen Aircraft (Civil Fixed-Wing).

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Ford Trimotor RR-3

Ford Trimotor RR-3 was the name of the Marines variant of the civil AT-5-C (was JR-3 before 1931).

Foreground (nose engine only).
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Now with the engine cowlings :

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Curtiss O2C-1 Helldiver

Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

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Vought O2U-1 Corsair

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Starting the engine with a crank to activate the inertia starter.

Curtiss OC-2 Falcon

Wearing the Ace of Spades squadron insignia of VO-8M.

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Unidentified Aircraft

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Half an hour later, when Tommy follows the training curriculum: morse code, flying in formation, mechanics...

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... covering a wing...

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The stern of USS Saratoga (CV-3) with a Loening OL-8 (or -9) near the upright gun turret. Those on the bow are unidentified.

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Curtiss O2C-1 & Great Lakes TG-2

Three Curtiss O2C-1s in the foreground of a row of Great Lakes TG-2s.
The Curtiss O2C-1 was the former F8C-1 Falcon itself a USN/USMC version of Army A-4 Falcon.

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Great Lakes TG-2

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Vought O3U-2

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Goodyear-Zeppelin ZRS-5 USS Macon

The USS Macon seen launching a Curtiss F9C Sparrowhawk.

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Keystone B/LB Bomber

Not Marines but U.S. Army aircraft.
Too far to identify precisely the variant.
Nearly two dozens seen in formation flight so close to the full production of one the -3 or -4 or -5 variant or half pf all B-6s airframe.

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Curtiss-Wright 16K

803 in hazardous action.

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Stearman C3B

803 is now acted by a different aircraft.

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Curtiss RC-1

Curtiss RC-1 (#8846) was a unique Curtiss-Robertson D-2 Kingbird bought by the Marines to be used mainly as aerial ambulance. Eighteen other aiframes were built.

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