Ben Affleck (Capt. Rafe McCawley)
Josh Hartnett (Capt. Danny Walker)
Kate Beckinsale (Nurse Lt. Evelyn Johnson)
Cuba Gooding, Jr. (Petty Officer 2nd Class Dorie Miller)
How some young American pilots are facing the beginnings of World War II until April 24th, 1942 and the Doolittle Raid.
From left to right :
RF°M, AR3185 : MK.Vb (real serial : EP120);
RF°T, AR654 : MK.VIIIc (MV154);
RF°C, AR352 : MK.Vb (BM597);
RF°Y, AR4474 : MK.Vc (AR501 -could be seen too in other movies as put at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft (Military Fixed-Wing)).
An interresting spot with two aircraft wearing the code RF°M. In the foreground, it's EP120 The second RF°M is a mock up.
G-BKTH was already seen -only on the ground- in Battle of Britain in the far background, as at that time it was unflyable. Wearing a Fleet Air Arm paint scheme with the 7°L code (880 Royal Naval Air Squadron, Fleet Air Arm, HMS Indomitable 1942), it can be only quickly seen in the background. Of course, this is anachronistic !
Built in 1943 (c/n 72036), it was bought by The Fighter Collection of Duxford, in 1983. Put again in flyable status in 1989 and wearing the code XR°T.
Flown by the Luftwaffe during the battle of Britain; archive footage with a later version (F or G).
Aircraft (c/n C.4K-77, registered NX700E) of the Planes of Fames Museum, Chino, CA.
Flown by the Luftwaffe during the battle of Britain; archive footage.
Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.
And Computer Generated Image (CGI).
In the background, a model probably wearing the colors of the 103rd Aero Squadron (we can guess a indian face invisible on this screenshot).
Is seen frequently through the movie, being flown by the US Army Air Corps. Two of them manage to get airborne during the attack. Four P-40s were used during the filming, one P-40E and three P-40N. The P-40E and one of the P-40Ns used in the movie belong to the Warhawk Air Museum in Nampa, Idaho. Pictures at Van Nuys Airport.
Seen in some background shots. The same nose number is worn by another DC-3 later... (look at the dedicated section).
At Van Nuys Airport.
Mitsubishi A6M5-52 Reisen (c/n 5357, N46770) - IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.
One aircraft built during WW2 and the another one built in Russia in 1997. Both have P&W engines. Most of the Zeroes depicted in the film are bearing the black/dark green livery of the Imperial Japanese Navy. The real Zeroes from the Akagi that participated in the actual attack on Pearl Harbor were painted a very pale lime-green/gray.
A derelict DC-3 was bought and used for this single action in which it was totally destroy. Registration N36.
Another wartime footage to transition between Pearl Harbor and Doolittle's raid preparations.
Is seen in the second half of the movie for the Doolittle Raid. Four Mitchells were used, although the Raiders flew the B-25B and not, as shown, the B-25J - IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.
The USS Constellation (CV-64) is used as a stand-in for the USS Hornet (CV-8) during the takeoff scenes for the Doolittle Raid.
As Col. J. Doolittle starts to train the B-25's crew, a travelling displays a blimp.