During the as of late finished centennial of maritime flight (2011), there were numerous and shifted tributes to the true history of maritime flying. By and by, we can’t overlook that open impression of the military is additionally a solid verifiable thought. In Sailing on the Silver Screen: Hollywood and the U.S. Naval force, Lawrence Suid has seen that “for the greater part of the previous ninety years the American film industry and the U.S. Naval force have cooperated to their shared advantage. Hollywood utilized the Navy to get—at practically no cost—staff, gear, and areas for motion pictures loaded up with experience, sentiment, and dramatization. Thus, the Navy acquired—at practically no cost—a positive open picture that supported the two its selecting endeavors and its relations with Congress.” This is particularly valid on the off chance that we consider how the vocations of two pioneers of Hollywood and the U.S. Naval force—chief John Ford and screenwriter Frank W. “Spig” Wead became interlaced during the Golden Era of filmmaking and how Ford paid tribute to his companion and associate in The Wings of Eagles (1957).
Wead’s Early Naval Career
Wead was conceived on October 24, 1885, in Peoria, Illinois. He entered the U.S. Maritime Academy in 1912 at sixteen years old and graduated in 1916. He invested energy during WWI accomplishing mine work in the North Sea, after which he qualified as a maritime pilot. In 1923 he drove the Navy group that contended in the Schneider Trophy Race at Cowes, Isle of Wight. Two of his colleagues—Lt. David Rittenhouse and Lt. Rutledge Irvine—put first and second in the race. Wead proceeded as a maritime pilot, establishing maritime airplane precedents for speed, perseverance, and separation and in the end working for the Navy’s Bureau of Aeronautics.Dan Ford, Ford’s grandson, fights that the film is a hidden personal history of his granddad. Both Wead and Ford were anxious and arranged to lives of activity. Since they were both impaired, they were pulled in to vicarious undertakings. Both were associated with moviemaking as a substitute for military vocations. Both served in WWII however as spectators instead of as warriors. Both ignored their families to concentrate only on their vocations. Both favored manly friendship to that of ladies. Thus, The Wings of Eagles might be viewed as two movies. One contains the mythologizing memoir of “Spig” Wead and praises maritime flight and American estimations of enthusiasm, boldness and determination. The other, a progressively close to home one, scrutinizes the establishment—the U.S. Naval force—that would make an air which is conceivably risky to family life.