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The United States Army Air Force Band (1942)

| Short, Music | 1942 (USA)
The United States Army Air Force Band and Chorus perform on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.


Jean Negulesco


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Complete credited cast:
Alf Heiberg Alf Heiberg ... Himself / Bandmaster (as Lieutenant Alf. Heiberg)
Henry H. Arnold ... Himself (as Lt. General H.H. Arnold)
The United States Army Air Force Band The United States Army Air Force Band ... Themselves


The United States Army Air Force Band and chorus perform several songs. As the songs are performed, the audience sees shots of planes in flight; landmarks in Washington, DC; paratroopers descending to earth; and other scenes. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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Release Date:

1942 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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United States Army Air Force Chorus: [singing] Off we go into the wild blue yonder / Climbing high into the sun / Here they come zooming to meet our thunder / At 'em boys, giv'er the gun / Down we dive spouting our flames from under / Off with one hell-uv-a roar / We live in fame or go down in flame / Nothing can stop the Army Air Corps.
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Edited into The United States Service Bands (1943) See more »


The Army Air Corps Song
aka "Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder"
Written by Robert Crawford
Performed by The United States Army Air Force Band during the opening credits
Also performed by The United States Army Air Force Band and chorus
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Nice Short
3 July 2009 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

United States Army Air Force Band, The (1942)

*** (out of 4)

Pretty much as the title says, the U.S. Army Air Force band plays several songs while we get to see some footage, which includes landsmarks in Washington D.C., as well as paratroopers doing their job and various other sequence dealing with what these men do as part of their training. I've seen a couple of these films but anyone familiar with Turner Classic Movies will know that countless WW2 films were being produced during this time and we also get countless shorts dealing with various subjects. I always found these musical shorts to be quite interesting because we got to see something other than fighting. Seeing the troops taking a break from the action was a nice thing to take it and you can't help but think some of the folks we see here ended up dying months later. "The Army Air Corps Song", "Polly Wolly Doodle" and "I Am an American" are the songs performed and they are done very well.

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