Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines

Corrected entry: The "British" plane is a French design.

Correction: The dialogue never states it is a British design, neither is there a logical reason why a British pilot shouldn't fly a french design. The dialog explicitly states that "until three years ago" there were no British fliers, so instead it makes perfect sense to see British fliers use imported designs.

Doc Premium member

Corrected entry: The British comedian Benny Hill plays the air field fire chief; his role is not listed in the movie's credits.

Correction: Not quite correct. Benny is listed in both the opening and closing credits. His precise role is not against his name, but then that applies to most of the minor characters in the film too.

Corrected entry: When Dubois has to land his plane just short of Paris, he lands on a field, and the plane's wake blows down a hay stack. But the wake should blow the straw towards the plane, not away from it.

Correction: It would seem that the contributor has never stood behind a propellor driven aircraft while it was revving up. The slipstream most definitely flows backwards.

Corrected entry: When Yamamoto receives the news about the race, look in slow-mo as he lands his kite. On close observation, the cables the kite has been suspended on from the set can be seen.

Correction: The rules of this site are quite clear - if you have to use slow motion to see it, it is not a mistake.

Join the mailing list

Addresses are not passed on to any third party, and are used solely for direct communication from this site. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Add something
Buy the booksMost popular pagesBest movie mistakesBest mistake picturesBest comedy movie quotesMovies with the most mistakesNew this monthSmokey and the Bandit mistakesSmokey and the Bandit mistake pictureThe Big Bang Theory mistakesA Star is Born endingThe Shining questionsDeadpool 2 triviaShrek quotesThe Notebook plotDenzel Washington movies & TV shows25 mistakes you never noticed in great moviesCommando mistake video
More for Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines


Count Emilio Ponticelli: Like-a Caesar, we go to England.



Terry-Thomas's plane gets stuck between the carriages of a Paris-bound train (in fact filmed on the single-line track between Bedford and Hitchin). Just before the train plus plane goes into a tunnel you can see the cooling towers of Bedford's Goldington Power Station (circa 1960) behind TT's head.



In the beginning of the movie there is a reference to a Frenchman who had crossed the Channel by plane in the previous year (1909). The man meant is Louis Blériot, who flew from Calais to Dover in his famous craft 'Blériot XI' in 37 minutes. Again it was a competition race, for a 1000 Pounds set by the London Daily Mail.