The Sound Barrier (1952)
It's crazy to think it’s been over 60 years since we broke the sound barrier and we still can’t crack light speed. This film follows a gang of test pilots and aircraft designers trying to smash the sound barrier. Contrary to the film it was actually achieved in a Bell-X1 in 1947.
633 Squadron (1964)
A group of RAF pilots are tasked with taking out a Nazi rocket fuel factory in Norway by flying up a well-defended fjord at low level. George Lucas was inspired by this scene to create the trench run on the death star at the end of Star Wars.
The Red Baron (2008)
The story of – you guessed it – the infamous Red Baron. The plot focuses on Baron Manfred von Richthofen's gentlemanly rules of combat, oft at odds with the rest of the warring fighter pilots. Made in Germany but with an English script, perfect for subtitle-phobes.
Reach for the Sky (1956)
After losing his legs in a flight accident in 1931, Douglas Bader overcame his disability to become a successful pilot and wing-leader in WW2. The best bit? It’s all true.
Two RAF pilots fall in love with the same woman. One man is rich, the other is middle class – let the ruckus begin. Oh, and it’s a silent film that cost a whopping US$2 million to make.