View Full Version : Battle of Britain The Movie

03-14-2004, 06:35 PM
Just watch BoB. It's awsome!!!
Does anyone has any infor on the aircraft used?
Where they replicas or real ones. What types of BF 109 were used? I thought their noses look different.

03-14-2004, 06:35 PM
Just watch BoB. It's awsome!!!
Does anyone has any infor on the aircraft used?
Where they replicas or real ones. What types of BF 109 were used? I thought their noses look different.

03-14-2004, 06:52 PM
I believe the 109s used were Spanish built versions which used Merlin engines. The He111's were the same, Spanish built.
I did hear that at least one of the Spitfires or Hurricanes was acutally used during the real boB.
If I recall the film correctly all the Ju87's you see flying were models.

One plane we really need.....


Get my skins at....

03-14-2004, 07:25 PM
The Ju87 used in the flick were Miles magisters I believe.
Both 109 and He 111 were the licence built CASA aircraft using Merlins as well, hence the strange nacelles. There is a great sequance in the film where there is a helicopter hovering in the distance!!

03-14-2004, 07:55 PM
This gives some info on the making of the 1969 Original film.



03-14-2004, 07:58 PM
There was at least one combat vet Spit in BoB. As far as I know, there were no airworthy Hurricanes in existence during the filming.

Yes, as mentioned, the "Bf109s" are Hispano Buchons, and the "He111s" are CASA aircraft. It's kind of fun to see the exhaust stubs in the wrong place. When viewed from head on, the Buchon has a "Happy Face" complete with eyes in the cylinder bank fairings http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Unfortunately, it is one of these aircraft that Mark Hanna was flying when he was fatally injured http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif He was Cheif Pilot of the Old Flying Machine Company and you saw him piloting aircraft in many many movies. He was too young to have been in "Battle of Britain", by the way http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif But if I recall, he was in Memphis Belle, Empire of the Sun, Saving Private Ryan (I'm almost certain he was) and others. A great pilot and by all accounts an even better human being.

Wave bub-bub-bub-bye to the boss, it's your profit, it's his loss~ Clash

03-14-2004, 08:05 PM
I remember seeing one of the "scale model" Stukas used in the film at a museum in San Diego back in 1985. Even at partial scale that thing was still HUGE!

03-14-2004, 08:18 PM
One of the 109's used in the film is now residing in Addison Texas at the Cavanaugh Flight Musem.




03-14-2004, 09:04 PM
2nd largest single engine plane of WW2

the Junkers JU87


03-14-2004, 09:07 PM
It was just on TV here yesterday. I would imagine it was a huge movie at the time. Especially with all the overhead shots of the burning airfields.

Georing should have been way fatter though ! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/88.gif


03-14-2004, 09:26 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Menthol_moose:
Georing should have been way fatter though! <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

It's getting harder and harder to find good Herman Goering substitutes!

I noticed that quite a few of the Spitfires were Mk ix's. I saw it again recently and enjoyed it even more. When I last saw it (I was about 12) picked apart the details like the merlin engined LW planes and the Spit ix's. Now I can enjoy it as a good movie with a great scope.

And might I say that it's pretty hard to accurately represent an air battle because of the vast space involved. Make the distances accurate and everything looks tiny. Bring the planes into the foreground and everything looks cartoonish (in a Pearl Harbour kind of way).

03-14-2004, 09:29 PM
I love how they even had that stupid wand thing or whatever it is. (probably filled with morphine)