When Hollywood Ruled the Skies: The Aviation Film Classics of World War I


Bruce Orriss


1927 saw the release of what was to become the first major aviation film ever released… William Wellman’s epic production of “Wings”. It was the beginning of what would become a much beloved film  genre for aviation and film buffs alike.

In this FIRST volume of “When Hollywood Ruled the Skies”, author and historian, Bruce Orriss documents the history of “Wings” and each of the WWI films that followed ending with Tony Bill’s production of “Flyboys” in 2006.

A total of 35 films are covered in detail including cast and crews, story synopsis and background details on each production. The book is illustrated profusely with hundreds of never-before-seen photographs of the actors, pilots and airplanes used in each film.