Best Aviation Movies of All Time
With the help of our viewers, we’ve chosen some of the best aviation movies of all time and can’t wait to share them with you all. Check back frequently to see what movie has been added to our growing list of the best aviation movies of all time.
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August 2016 | PG-13
Based on the true events of US Airways Flight 1549 which had to make an emergency water landing on New Yorks Hudson River in 2009. Movie director Clint Eastwood takes us on a journey through the sequence of events from January 15, 2009, and continues through the investigation process which immediately followed the Succesful water landing.
Cactus 1549 departed from New York’s Laguardia Airport then came in contact with a flock of geese which severely damaged both of the airplane’s engines causing the aircraft to lose thrust. With minimal options available Caption Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and first officer Jeff Skiles had to make swift and precise judgments if they were to save the lives of all 155 people on board.
Capt. Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger
First Officer Jeffrey B. Skiles
August 2017 | R The thrilling story based on the career of Barry Seal, a TWA pilot who used his piloting skills for a new and profitable venture. The entire movie will have you on the edge of your seat as Barry Seal (played by Tom Cruise) goes out on missions as a drug trafficker, gun smuggler, and money launderer. Pablo Escobar would refer the Barry Seal as ‘The gringo that always delivers’.
August 1990 | PG-13 The true story of The Memphis Belle, a Boeing B-17 bomber from World War II which was one of the first bombers to complete twenty-five missions without suffering a loss of loss of a crew member. The Memphis Belle was in service from September 1942 to May 1943. The famous B-17F Memphis Belle will be fully restored back to its original glory and will be permanently placed on display at The National Museum of the United States Air Force on May 17, 2018, located in Dayton, Ohio. The Memphis Belle Crew: Bob Morgan – Pilot Jim Verinis – Co-Pilot Bob Hanson – Radio Operator Cecil Scott – Ball Turret Gunner Vince Evans – Bombardier JP Quinlan – Tail Gunner Bill Winchell – Waist Gunner Scott Miller – Waist Gunner Joe Giambrone – Crew Chief Levi Dillon – Top Turret Gunner Eugene Adkins – Top Turret Gunner Harold Loch – Waist Gunner
November 2012 | R This action-packed movie will keep you on the edge of your seat and that’s why it made our list of best aviation movies. Caption Whip Whitaker flys high in the air as well as on the ground hint, hint. Despite his personal partying lifestyle, he manages to maneuver his damaged commercial aircraft “South Jet Flight 227” into an unrealistic roll that would save the lives of 96 of the people on board including himself. We would highly recommend watching the film if you haven’t already, or watch it again if it’s been a while.
Catch Me If You Can
December 2002 | PG-13 The true story of Frank Abagnale Jr; (also known as the “Skyway Man”) a highly intelligent and extremely creative young man. He managed to forge millions of dollars worth of company checks before is 19th birthday. Along the journey, Frank posed as a Pan American World Airways pilot, a pediatrician, and an attorney while cashing in the forged checks. The FBI appointed Carl Hanratty, a special agent to follow the paper trail that Frank left behind. After years of searching Carl was finally able to take Frank into custody. Despite how Carl and Frank’s relationship started with the cat and mouse game, things actually turned out very well. They actually became really good friends almost like a father and son relationship. We highly recommend the movie Catch Me If You Can to all of our viewers. The movie was brilliantly directed and offers a cast of A-List actors.
July 2007 | PG-13 Based on the true story of the US Navy pilot Dieter Dengler who was shot down during the Vietnam War. While on a highly classified bombing mission over Laos in 1965 his A1H Skyraider was severely damaged and crashed into enemy territory. Dieter Dengler was able to elude the enemy for a day before eventually being captured. He was taken to a prison camp where he met five other prisoners and was continuously tortured. During his time in the prison, he developed a plan to escape. Five months later Dieter Dengler escaped the prison and was eventually rescued by a US helicopter. We highly recommend anyone who loves aviation, the military, or inspirational movies to watch this film Rescue Dawn. Below are a couple of ways to purchase your copy.