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Flying The Secret Sky - WGBH Specials
Flying The Secret Sky - WGBH Specials
Actor: Carlo Rota
Director: William VanDerKloot
Genres: Educational, Documentary, Military & War
NR     2008     1hr 14min

In 1940, Nazi air strikes had Britain on her knees. The RAF was desperate for planes and their supply of US aircraft, sent on ship convoys, had been sunk in the icy Atlantic by relentless German U-boats. In response, a rem...  more »


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Actor: Carlo Rota
Director: William VanDerKloot
Creator: James Oliverio
Genres: Educational, Documentary, Military & War
Sub-Genres: Educational, History, World War II, Military & War
Studio: WGBH Boston
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 08/12/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 14min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Fascinating Untold Story
Edisaurus | Atlanta, GA USA | 07/27/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I saw this film at a preview screening at the High Museum in Atlanta. Although I am not a WWII history buff, and often find war documentaries to be boring, this was certainly not the case with this film! I found the story very compelling and in fact, was moved to tears by the end of it. Not only did it achieve high artistic standards, but the story was told with humor and compassion. The wealth of archival footage, including home movies, was very impressive and it gave the film a more personal feeling than your average war documentary. The fact that the filmmaker's father was one of the main pilots also gave it extra emotional resonance. I highly recommend this film; even an anti-war person like myself came away with a feeling of pride for what these people accomplished, and an even deeper respect for those who sacrificed for our country."
A welcome and enthusiastically recommended addition
Midwest Book Review | Oregon, WI USA | 09/06/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

""Flying The Secret Sky" is a 75-minute documentary showcasing The British RAF's little known activities in transporting military aircraft from North America to England before America's entrance into World War II. This hazardous and secretive aspect of military aviation in 1940 preceded America's entry into the war and was part of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's assistance to Britain's efforts to defend themselves against Hitler's attacks. "Flying The Secret Sky" is the story of dedicated, risk-taking young pilots who flew across a wartime Atlantic in unarmed aircraft as told by the flyers in their own words. Of special note is the American civilian pilot who transported Winston Churchill. Enhanced with a profusion of previously unseen home movies and rare footage of Ferry Command aircraft and crews, "Flying The Secret Sky" is a welcome and enthusiastically recommended addition to personal, academic, and community library Aviation History and World War II European Theatre DVD collections."
Flying the secret sky
David R. Clark | 02/08/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I'm a little bit biased since my dad is the DVD, but still and all It was well written and very exciting to watch all the Lancs. flying around. I learned stuff maybe my dad didn't even know.
Watching this movie brought back all the stories my dad used to tell me as we'd have a few cocktails on Saturday nights.
Extremely well done documentary
susan | 01/26/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"my father served in the RCAF during WW2. He flew planes from North Carolina to Gander Newfoundland which were picked up by the RAF Ferry Command for delivery to Europe.
we are also from Montreal (now living in Atlanta GA.) and the combination of the RAF FC and the scenes of Montreal created a memorable viewing.
A must see for World War ll history buffs."