Former U.S. Marine pilot Greg "Pappy" Boyington is flying with the American Volunteer Group (the Flying Tigers) in China. After Pearl Harbor brings America into World War II, Greg leaves the AVG to rejoin the Marine Corps. He refuses to be relegated to a desk job and, against all military protocol, forms his own fighter squadron from a group of misfits and disciplinary cases.
Did You Know?
The film begins showing Pappy Boyington recovering from a leg wound after "shooting 6 Jap planes" in one day while flying for the Flying Tigers in 1941-42. His days as a Flying Tiger would be mentioned throughout the series, although the year is usually mistakenly mentioned as 1939 or 1940, not 1941 or 1942. See more
Pappy calls Admiral Nimitz during a conference in a clearly complete Pentagon immediately following Pearl Harbour. The ground breaking took place only two months previously, and entered into use two years later. See more
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