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  1. In the 2006 movie Flyboys, James Franco's leading character Blaine Rawlings is inspired by Frank Luke. Frank Luke Street near Addison Airport in Addison, Texas is named after Luke. See also [ edit ]

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  2. Jan 13, 2020 · Who is Blaine Rawlings? James Franco as Blaine Rawlings : A Texan faced with the foreclosure of his family ranch in Texas, who decides to enlist after seeing a newsreel of aerial combat in France. Click to see full answer .

  3. Apr 28, 2020 · James Franco as Blaine Rawlings: A Texan faced with the foreclosure of his family ranch in Texas, who decides to enlist after seeing a newsreel of aerial combat in France. This is answered comprehensively here.

  4. Blaine Rawlings (James Franco) and his character's quiet, purposeful idealism was inspired by one of the most colorful pilots, Frank Luke. A farm boy from Arizona, guns were a way of life for him, and he came into the squadron as a ƈɾąƈƙ shot, known as "The Balloon Buster" (balloon meaning zeppelin), because of his daring attacks on the toughest targets.

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  6. Blaine Rawlings, a restless Texas rancher, joined up with every intention of quickly becoming an ace fighter pilot. As the flying proves more difficult and dangerous than he or any of the young Americans expected, though, the squadron grows into a supportive team of aviation pioneers.

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    In the 2006 movie Flyboys, James Franco's leading character Blaine Rawlings is inspired by Frank Luke. Frank Luke Street near Addison Airport in Addison, Texas is named after Luke. See also [ edit ]

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    Determined to remain neutral, President Woodrow Wilson’s administration would not prevent American citizens from serving in the French army during WWI, but it would not help them either. Although attracted by the propaganda benefits of an American squadron fighting for France, the French government feared contravening American neutrality, therefore volunteers had to first join the French Foreign Legion and were then detached to the squadron. The American Escadrille (squadron) first saw combat in May 1916 during the Battle of Verdun. Repeated protests from the German ambassador motivated the decision to change the name to Lafayette Escadrille. The original squadron had drawn so many recruits that additional squadrons were formed, creating the Lafayette Corps. Participating in the Battles of Verdun and the Somme, the Passchendaele Campaign and the Nivelle Offensive, the squadron soon gained a good reputation, so it was often requested as an escort for bombing and reconnaissance missio...

    In 1916, a small group of Americans join the Lafayette Escadrile: Blaine Rawlings (James Franco) had to leave town after beating the banker who had foreclosed on his ranch; Eugene Skinner (Abdul Salis), an African-American boxer, enlisted because France has treated him better than his own country; William Jensen (Phillip Winchester) enlisted because all of the men in his family have fought in wars; Briggs Lowry (Tyler Labine) joined because his rich father made him, hoping that he would find direction; and Beagle (David Ellison) is on the run after robbing a bank. Although the escadrile is commanded by Captain Georges Thenault (Jean Reno), the new recruits serve under a grizzled veteran, Reed Cassidy (Martin Henderson), who obsessively hunts an evil German pilot. Rawlings quickly falls in love with a local girl, Lucienne (Jennifer Drecker), and unexpectedly finds himself playing a leadership role.

    Inspired by the true story. There is a lot of wriggle-room in that sentence. To be fair, viewers will actually learn a little about the war. The training sequence is quite good, and is probably better than the training the real pilots received. Thenault explains that the pilots wore silk scarves because they were always turning their heads looking for the enemy. Cassidy gives them pistols to shoot themselves in case their planes catch fire, since they don’t have parachutes. The movie gets most of the basic facts right. Thenault was the actual commander of the real squadron. The escadrille did have a lion, Whiskey, as a mascot. In fact, it had two lions, the second was named Soda. However, the lions were moved to a zoo after a playful Whiskey knocked Thenault down into the mud, and started chewing on his cap. There is a good shot of the abrupt transformation from peaceful farmland to the front. Since the front did not move for most of the war, the area behind it remained untouched. T...

    Flyboys was made early in James Franco’s career, and he was not ready to play the lead. Nor is he believable as a bad boy. However, the writers did their best to give Rawlins as many opportunities to be heroic as possible. Learning that the Germans have penetrated French territory, Rawlings makes a nighttime flight to evacuate Lucienne, who had chosen to be rescued by the hero, instead of simply leaving with the rest of the refugees. The escape from the Germans who have taken over her house is probably supposed to be thrilling, but it is merely blah. The romance is a little boring, although I appreciate Lucienne’s efforts to fight her growing attraction to Rawlings, aware that he will either die or leave. The language barrier is nice, but it is sad that he can not say a single word in French. Apparently, an American hero can not be expected to learn French. Instead, Lucienne has to make the effort to prepare what she wants to say in English. One of the few good parts about Lafayette...

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