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Tora! Tora! Tora! movie poster.

Movie (1970)
Alternative English title : Tora! Tora! Tora!: The Attack on Pearl Harbor

Martin Balsam (Adm. Husband E. Kimmel)
Sô Yamamura (Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto)
Joseph Cotten (Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson)
Tatsuya Mihashi (Cmdr. Minoru Genda)
E.G. Marshall (Lt. Col. Rufus S. Bratton)
James Whitmore (Vice Adm. William F. 'Bull' Halsey Jr.)

A dramatization of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the series of American blunders that allowed it to happen.

North American T-6 Texan

Modified North American T-6 Texans used as stand-ins for the Japanese Mitsubishi A6M Zero.

North American T-6 Texan.
North American T-6 Texan.
North American T-6 Texan.

Vultee BT-13 Valiant

Beside the T-6, modified Vultee BT-13 Valiants are also used as stand-ins for the Nakajima B5N "Kate" torpedo bombers. Look at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

Vultee BT-13 Valiant.

If most of the ships seen through the movie are models, take-offs were done from the USS Yorktown (CV-10) acting as one of the following Japanese carrier : Akagi, Hiryu, Kaga, Shokaku, Soryu and Zuikaku.

Tora USS-Yorktown CV-10.png
Vultee BT-13 Valiant.
Vultee BT-13 Valiant.

Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina

Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina.

Boeing-Stearman Model 75

Fake registration (NC 34307).

Tora PT-75-FS.png

Boeing B-17F/G Flying Fortress (acting as B-17 Es)

To portray the then scarce B-17E, the makers of Tora! Tora! Tora! used later models of the B-17 modified to resemble the earlier model. These aircrafts include :

  • B-17F 42-29782 now displayed at the Museum of Flight in Seattle as "Boeing Bee"; already seen in The Thousand Plane Raid and later in Memphis Belle.
  • B-17G 44-83563 owned by the Wings of Eagles Museum in Santa Ana California as "Fuddy Duddy"; already seen in The War Lover.
  • B-17G 44-85829 now flown by the Yankee Air Museum in Willow Run Michigan as "Yankee Lady". (same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft (Military Fixed-Wing).)

The two others (including Reg. N620L s/n 44-85840, lost with its crew on 12 July 1973) were used as fire fighting bombers and were lost in action during the seventies.

Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress.
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress.
Reg. N620L B17G Flying Fortress (s/n 44-85840).
Reg. N620L B17G Flying Fortress (s/n 44-85840).
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress.

Curtiss P-40E Kittyhawk

Two former RCAF (Royal Canadian Air Force) privately own Curtiss P-40E's Kittyhawks were used for the dogfight.

Curtiss P-40E Kittyhawk.

Curtiss P-40 Mock

Despite acting as Curtiss P-40 B/C which has a different shape, two dozens of mocks similar to the flyable aircraft were built with fiber glass (some powered in order to taxi). Of course, none of them could fly.

Curtiss P-40.
Curtiss P-40.
Curtiss P-40.

Same footage reused for The Final Countdown - look at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

Curtiss P-40.

Vultee BT-15 Valiant (as Aichi D3A)

Registration N67629, c/n 42-42171. Same aircraft in other movie at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

Vultee BT-15 Valiant modified as Aichi D3A of the Kōkū Jieitai.

Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina

From a trailer found on the Patton DVD.

Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina.

Vought OS2U Kingfisher

A 1:1 scale model.

Vought OS2U Kingfisher.

Douglas A-20 Havoc

This Havoc is in fact a accidented B-25, modified by addition of a single tail.

Tora A-20 CIMG4187.jpg
Tora A-20 CIMG4188.jpg

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