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Jet Pilot

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Jet Pilot
Movie Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by Josef von Sternberg
Release Date October 4, 1957
Language English
Studio RKO Radio Pictures
Distributor RKO Radio Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Col. Jim Shannon John Wayne
Lt. Anna Marladovna Shannon /
Capt. Olga Orlief
Janet Leigh
Maj. Gen. Black Jay C. Flippen
Maj. Rexford Paul Fix
FBI Agent George Rivers Richard Rober
Col. Sokolov Roland Winters
Col. Matoff Hans Conried

Jet Pilot is a 1957 American romance spy film filmed in the early 1950s and released in 1957, directed by Josef von Sternberg, with production by Howard Hughes and the cooperation of the U.S. Air Force. A Russian YAK trainer enters U.S. air space as the pilot defects to the United States. Air Force Colonel Shannon (John Wayne) is assigned to escort defecting Soviet pilot Lt. Anna Marladovna. As he is escorting her to various aircraft to test he falls in love with her. Unbeknownst to him she is actually Soviet spy Olga Orlief. Colonel Shannon fakes an escape for the two of them back to Russia so he can turn the tables and spy on the Soviets. Great footage of early Cold War aircraft.

While released in 1957, shooting began all the way back in 1949, with production wrapping in 1953. Howard Hughes' obsessive meddling and re-edits caused significant delays (Hughes envisioned the film to be a "jet age" version of Hell's Angels and was determined to have numerous flying sequences take center stage). Originally intended by the USAF to showcase its latest fighter aircraft, the film missing its intended early 1950s release date meant that by 1957, most of the aircraft showcased in the film were considered obsolete and undergoing replacement by that time.

The following weapons were used in the film Jet Pilot:

Browning M3

The Browning M3 is the primary armament of most USAF fighters.

Browning M3 Aircraft machine gun - .50 BMG
An F-94 Starfire jet firing its Browning M3.

M1928A1 Thompson

Air Force guards use the M1928A1 Thompson.

M1928A1 Thompson - .45 ACP
Air Force personnel holding M1928A1 Thompsons.

Mosin Nagant M91/30

The Mosin Nagant M91/30 is used by Soviet soldiers.

Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54mmR
A Soviet sentry holding a Mosin Nagant M91/30 with bayonet.

Luger P08

Olga Orlief (Janet Leigh) uses a Luger P08 in one scene.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm Parabellum
Olga Orlief (Janet Leigh) holding a Luger P08 on Col. Jim Shannon (John Wayne).

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