English hero John Mays wins the race but only because the American hero Orvil Newton performs a daring mid air rescue of the Italian pilot, Pierre Dubois in front of the Eifel Tower.Mays agrees to share the prize and it seems Orvil and Mays share the girl too.
Continuity mistake: When the German colonel crash lands in the Channel, he first hangs directly under his upside-down plane before he has to let go, and the plane zooms in a straight line away from him. But as he resurfaces in the foreground, the plane comes in from the background's left before landing in the water.
Trivia: 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.
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