|Editor's Comment June 2012|
|Tuesday, 24 April 2012 00:00|
The star of this issue’s cover and centrefold is Hispano Ha-112-M1L Buchón C.4K-102/G-AWHK, which once again wears the “Yellow 10” colour scheme it was given for film work during the 1969 epic Battle of Britain. Returning the aircraft to that identity and keeping it at Duxford, where filming took place, have been hugely popular moves for aficionados of the film.
The Battle of Britain has really stood the test of time. I think it fair to say that, for many, its use of real aircraft, its storytelling and its stellar cast will never be bettered. I am certainly of that opinion; I never tire of watching it.
Since that time many more aviation films have come, some of which were quickly “gone”. Perhaps the best of the bunch in more recent years have been Memphis Belle and Flyboys. Of course films, like any form of art or entertainment, are very subjective.
Just before this issue went to press I was invited to a pre-release screening of Red Tails, which is set for a UK release in cinemas on June 6, the 68th anniversary of the D-Day landings. The film, which tells a part of the story of the famous Tuskegee Airmen, had George Lucas of Star Wars fame as executive producer, so its potential to include amazing special effects was high.
After the screening at Twentieth Century Fox in London I certainly was not disappointed, and I think it could possibly be the film aviation enthusiasts have been awaiting for some years. The computer-generated imagery is amazing, with the likes of Messerschmitt Me 262s flying straight at the audience.
We will bring you more details and a review of the film in next month’s issue, in time for its release. As mentioned, films are subjective, so I shall be very interested to know what those of you who go to see Red Tails think of it.