Hook Down, Wheels Down
The Story of the US Navy's Aircraft Carriers
(1968, Color & B&W, 55:00)N
This fine documentary was produced by the Department of the Navy to celebrate the first 50 years of carrier based aviation, with an emphasis on World War II operations. The Navy Archives were opened to provide footage ranging from precarious landings on the old Langley, to the Battle of the Coral Sea, to CVEs facing the Japanese at Leyte Gulf and more. Along with some great Navy action, the highlight of the film are the numerous interviews with famous naval aviators, including George Gay, the only survivor at Midway from Torpedo Squadron 8, John Thach, who tells how he invented the famous "Thach Weave," Gene Valencia, a top USN ace, and Adm Wade McClusky, also of Midway fame.

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