Preston Foster gives a "striking performance," John Sutton "is excellent" and Gene Tierney "is outstanding" (The Hollywood Reporter) in this thrilling, top-notch drama directed by Oscar winner William A. Wellman. Highlighted by exceptional aerial sequences and suspenseful, heartfelt romance, Thunder Birds remains "the first story of its kind the world has ever known!" (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences)
Peter Stackhouse (Sutton) wants to overcome his fear of flying in order to earn his wings and fight for his country. He becomes fast friends with Steve Britt (Foster), a patient and understanding instructor who sees the fighting heart in Peter and vows to give him every chance. But when both men fall for the same girl (Tierney), their camaraderie is put to the highest test...even as they fight side by side for their beliefs!
A Technicolor tale of honor and romance, this drama from 1942 was directed by Oscar-winner William A. Wellman, and features stunning aerial photography that was highly advanced for the time. John Sutton stars as Peter Stackhouse, an aviophobe who is nonetheless determined to become a pilot. Stackhouse's resolution comes from his desire to serve his country, and his strength is recognized by Steve Britt (Preston Foster), who becomes his patient teacher. The two men's bond is tested, however, when they both fall for the same girl (Gene Tierney).