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Flyboys is a 2006 movie about the adventures of the Lafayette Escadrille, a squadron of the French military formed largely of young American volunteers during World War I.


  • Starring: James Franco
  • Rated: PG-13 for war action
  • Released: 2006
  • Genre: Action, War
  • My Opinion: I Liked It


Flyboys is a World War I story about the Lafayette Escadrille, a squadron formed largely of young Americans that volunteered for the French military before the United States entered the war. These young men joined the war so they could learn to fly airplanes. However, once there, they are surprised to find that the life expectancy of a fighter pilot is a mere six weeks. The movie quickly gets through their training and spits you right into the aerial fighting in the war. There is a little side plot of romance, but the main focus is the combat these brave Americans volunteered for.


Overall, Flyboys was better than I expected it to be. I really enjoyed the dogfight scenes. Can you imagine what it would have been like fighting a war in some of the first airplanes ever invented? Although it has been criticized for it’s lack of historical accuracy, Flyboys credits itself on being inspired by true World War I heroes. Read more about the Lafayette Escadrille at Wikipedia.


  • You can rent Flyboys at any movie store or Netflix.
  • You can purchase this movie at Amazon.com.
  • There are also plenty of good used copies at eBay.


If you liked Flyboys you might also like Memphis Belle, about group of young men in World War II who try to survive their 25th and final bombing mission.