From Les Chevaliers du Ciel to Steely-Eyed Killers: Intersecting Influences of Hollywood and Reality on the Romanticization of Fighter Pilots
Air Command and Staff College Maxwell Air Force Base United States
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Stories of epic heroes abound throughout human civilization and have served as paragons of cultural ideals since before recorded history. Based loosely on reality, these mythic figures are typically drawn from a societys warrior caste whose larger-than-life personas and exploits are easily transmitted by means of storytelling. This paper will examine how the intersecting influences of modern storytelling via motion pictures and reality have contributed to the rise of one modern American warrior-hero persona in particular, the fighter pilot.
- Military Aircraft Operations
- Military Forces and Organizations