History Film / TheStarfighters

17th Jul '16 8:52:35 PM AnotherGuy
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* CharacterShilling: The characters talk about how great Witkowski, Jr. is at flying, but it's an InformedAbility since all of the footage is stock and looks the same.
17th Jul '16 8:50:54 PM AnotherGuy
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For the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' version, please go to the [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S06E12TheStarfighters episode recap page]].

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The film never had a wide release, and was shown mostly in drive-ins, a.k.a. filler for teens to make out in cars.

For the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' version, please go to the [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S06E12TheStarfighters episode recap page]].
page]]. Not to be confused with ''Film/TheLastStarfighter'', which was actually interesting.
24th Jun '16 2:37:01 PM The_Glorious_SOB
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* {{Irony}}: John Witkowski Sr., who previously flew in bombers in the military, wants John Witkowski Jr. to switch to bombers rather than fighters such as the F-104 Starfighter. The latter was played by Bob Dornan, nicknamed "B-1," as in the bomber. The veteran Dornan flew fighters, too.
* JustLikeMakingLove: No, this isn't about the endless refueling scenes, one of the higher-ups flat-out says flying a fighter jet is like making love.

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* {{Irony}}: John Witkowski Sr., who previously flew in bombers in the military, wants John Witkowski Jr. to switch to bombers rather than fighters such as the F-104 Starfighter. The latter was played by Bob Dornan, nicknamed "B-1," as in the bomber. The veteran Dornan flew fighters, too.
too. And his character's father was a congressman, while he himself worked after this film in the U.S. Capitol from 1977-1983 & 1985-1997.
* JustLikeMakingLove: No, this isn't about the endless refueling scenes, one scenes. One of the higher-ups flat-out says flying a fighter jet is like making love.
24th Jun '16 8:29:35 AM erforce
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Not to be confused with ''TheLastStarfighter''.
1st Jun '16 11:44:37 PM The_Glorious_SOB
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* BrokenAesop: If the intent was to play up the awesomeness of the F-104 Starfighter, the Air Force/Lockheed made a really poor choice of film crew. Their complete failure to include any interesting plot developments means that what little drama there was in the movie was provided entirely by the infamous operational/maintenance dangers of the Starfighter itself. The movie includes ''three'' Starfighter accidents, two caused by inclement weather - which was such a danger to the F-104 that NATO pilots in West Germany ''and'' Italy called it "the Flying Coffin." Of course, the film might have been trying to head off those complaints by depicting a US Senator concerned about the plane's accident record, and showing how ''cool'' the plane was anyway.

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* BrokenAesop: If the intent was to play up the awesomeness of the F-104 Starfighter, the Air Force/Lockheed made a really poor choice of film crew. Their complete failure to include any interesting plot developments means that what little drama there was in the movie was provided entirely by the infamous operational/maintenance dangers of the Starfighter itself. The movie includes ''three'' Starfighter accidents, two caused by inclement weather - which weather--which was such a danger to the F-104 that NATO pilots in West Germany ''and'' Italy called it "the Flying Coffin." Of course, the film might have been trying to head off those complaints by depicting a US Senator concerned about the plane's accident record, and showing how ''cool'' the plane was anyway.
1st Jun '16 11:43:31 PM The_Glorious_SOB
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* BrokenAesop: If the intent was to play up the awesomeness of the F-104 Starfighter, the Air Force / Lockheed made a really poor choice of film crew. Their complete failure to include any interesting plot developments means that what little drama there was in the movie was provided entirely by the infamous operational/maintenance dangers of the Starfighter itself. The movie includes ''three'' Starfighter accidents, two caused by inclement weather - which was such a danger to the F-104 that NATO pilots in West Germany ''and'' Italy called it "the Flying Coffin." Of course, the film might have been trying to head off those complaints by depicting a US Senator concerned about the plane's accident record, and showing how ''cool'' the plane was anyway.

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* BrokenAesop: If the intent was to play up the awesomeness of the F-104 Starfighter, the Air Force / Lockheed Force/Lockheed made a really poor choice of film crew. Their complete failure to include any interesting plot developments means that what little drama there was in the movie was provided entirely by the infamous operational/maintenance dangers of the Starfighter itself. The movie includes ''three'' Starfighter accidents, two caused by inclement weather - which was such a danger to the F-104 that NATO pilots in West Germany ''and'' Italy called it "the Flying Coffin." Of course, the film might have been trying to head off those complaints by depicting a US Senator concerned about the plane's accident record, and showing how ''cool'' the plane was anyway.
1st Jun '16 11:41:47 PM The_Glorious_SOB
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Air Force pilot John Witkowski ''Jr.'' transfers to George Air Force Base to begin training in the shiny new F-104, quickly becoming an ace, but his Congressman father disapproves and attempts to pull strings to get his son transferred out of the Starfighter squadron. John refuses. Meanwhile John goes on blind dates with his married friends who've set him up with a nice farmgirl from Iowa, and he quickly gets shot down. In the climax of the film, a storm disrupts a training exercise, crashing one plane and forcing Witkowski to land at another air base; but it's okay, everyone is recovered safe and sound. At the end, the Starfighter squadron is deployed to Europe; John goes with them, leaving behind his fledgling LoveInterest and against the wishes of his father.

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Air Force pilot John Witkowski ''Jr.'' transfers to George Air Force Base to begin training in the shiny new F-104, quickly becoming an ace, but his Congressman father disapproves and attempts to pull strings to get his son transferred out of the Starfighter squadron. John refuses. Meanwhile John goes on blind dates with his married friends who've set him up with a nice farmgirl from Iowa, and he quickly gets shot down. In the climax of the film, a storm disrupts a training exercise, crashing one plane and forcing Witkowski to land at another air base; base, but it's okay, okay; everyone is recovered safe and sound. At the end, the Starfighter squadron is deployed to Europe; John goes with them, leaving behind his fledgling LoveInterest and against the wishes of his father.
1st Jun '16 11:40:57 PM The_Glorious_SOB
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Ostensibly, a story about a young pilot who seeks love and struggles for his stern father's approval while learning to fly the Air Force's most advanced fighter jet. In reality, an hour-and-a-half {{Infomercial}} for said jet, the Lockheed F-104 "Starfighter".

Air Force pilot John Witkowski ''Jr.'' transfers to George Air Force Base to begin training in the shiny new F-104, quickly becoming an ace; but his Congressman father disapproves and attempts to pull strings to get his son transferred out of the Starfighter squadron. John refuses. Meanwhile John goes on blind dates with his married friends who've set him up with a nice farmgirl from Iowa, and he quickly gets shot down. In the climax of the film, a storm disrupts a training exercise, crashing one plane and forcing Witkowski to land at another air base; but it's okay, everyone is recovered safe and sound. At the end, the Starfighter squadron is deployed to Europe; John goes with them, leaving behind his fledgling LoveInterest and against the wishes of his father.

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Ostensibly, a story about a young pilot who seeks love and struggles for his stern father's approval while learning to fly the Air Force's most advanced fighter jet. In reality, an hour-and-a-half {{Infomercial}} for said jet, the Lockheed F-104 "Starfighter".

"Starfighter."

Air Force pilot John Witkowski ''Jr.'' transfers to George Air Force Base to begin training in the shiny new F-104, quickly becoming an ace; ace, but his Congressman father disapproves and attempts to pull strings to get his son transferred out of the Starfighter squadron. John refuses. Meanwhile John goes on blind dates with his married friends who've set him up with a nice farmgirl from Iowa, and he quickly gets shot down. In the climax of the film, a storm disrupts a training exercise, crashing one plane and forcing Witkowski to land at another air base; but it's okay, everyone is recovered safe and sound. At the end, the Starfighter squadron is deployed to Europe; John goes with them, leaving behind his fledgling LoveInterest and against the wishes of his father.
5th Dec '15 2:52:06 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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** Well, Witkowski Sr. was ridiculously insistent that his boy switch from fighters to bombers, not just leaving for Europe.
5th Dec '15 2:38:38 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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* DontExplainTheJoke: The base commander makes a joke about never being able to hit the dummy plane targets, the flight leader mentions that maybe if they paint a swastika on it he'll be able to shot it down in seconds, before telling everyone that the Base commander had a high kill count during WWII for anyone that couldn't figure it out.

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* DontExplainTheJoke: The base commander makes a joke about never being able to hit the dummy plane targets, the flight leader mentions that maybe if they paint a swastika on it he'll be able to shot shoot it down in seconds, before telling everyone that the Base commander had a high kill count during WWII for anyone that couldn't figure it out.
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