Except for Steven Seagal's character having a shady CIA-type past, this film is an almost scene-by-scene remake of the Michael Dudikoff vehicle Black Thunder (1998). Despite this, the writer of "Black Thunder," William C. Martell, received no official credit for the screenplay, only a "thanks" buried in the end credits of "Flight of Fury." Seagal and his writing partner Joe Halpin received full credit for the screenplay.
Steven Seagal has said that this is his favourite movie since Under Siege. In an interview with Sight & Sound magazine he said "my character's arc was the most satisfying journey I've taken as a full-bodied action hero in some time. Where I've traditionally played guys who slap other guys about a bit and then throw them through some furniture, or slap some guys and shoot others, or shoot them and throw them through furniture, or even slap, shoot _and_ throw them through furniture, in this movie I slap some guys, shoot some guys, throw some through furniture...but then I _also_ get in a plane and drop bombs on others. So really that's a lot of range, and something new I can challenge myself with as a distraction to the frustration of my pants feeling tighter."
The trivia item below may give away important plot points.
At 8:20, the seargeant's trench coat is worn open and without grade insignia (and she is lacking head gear); the general's jacket is not the proper A-2 style (and is worn open); the pilot's jacket is also not the correct A-2 style and is worn open. The general should also be on the left side of the screen with the other two characters on the screen right so that the general is in the position of honor (the right).