As we fast approach Valentine’s Day — universal holiday of
Full disclosure: When this movie came out and I was 11 years old, I thought it was great and Josh Hartnett was just so dreamy! However, this movie does not hold up and its historical flubs are just too much to overlook.
- In an opening scene, a crop dusting plane is shown flying over cotton fields in 1923 but the U.S. Department of Agriculture didn’t issue these dusters until 1926.
- Ben Affleck’s character joins the Eagle Squadron, but US airmen were traditionally forbade to join.
- Affleck’s Spitfire has “RF” as an insignia. This was the insignia for the No. 303 Polish Fighter Squadron.
- Japanese Zero fighters were painted light gray/white, not green as in the movie.
- Marlboro Lights can be spotted on a sailor, this brand was not introduced until 1972.
- AC Units can be seen in White House windows but were not added until 1952.
- Admiral Kimmel was not on a golf course when the bombing started and was not notified that the Japanese embassy staff was leaving Washington D.C. before the attacks.
- The Japanese never deliberately attacked medical staff at the hospital on base.
- There were no attacks on American airfields by Japanese torpedo bombers.
- There is no record of FDR struggling to get out of his wheelchair to prove impossible things can happen.