YMMV: The Starfighters

  • Crowning Music of Awesome: For such a bad movie, the music is surprisingly catchy.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Considering The Vietnam War expanded not long after this film, you have some pretty Unfortunate Implications going on here.
    • Witkowski's training wing (the 479th Tactical Fighter Wing) sent one of its four squadrons to Vietnam in 1965 to fly Mi GCAP missions. The F-104 was a good tactical match for the Russian MiG-21, a similarly stripped-down high-speed fighter with mediocre turning performance.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: John's father was in the military and then got himself elected to Congress...much like John's actor Bob Dornan.
  • Narm: "Poopie suit."
    • The major even looks embarrassed and reluctant to say "poopie suit".
    "Now, don't ask me why they call it that."
  • Padding: This movie has many, many shots of jets refueling and taking off from the runway.