Join us next Tuesday, August 17th, 2021 from 6:00 to 8:00 for a good old-fashioned B movie from 1941 that features a “very cool” model airplane. The YouTube movie ( but it’s well worth your time.
You can preview this YouTube movie before the meeting if you wish by going to our Members’ Movies & Video Picks page. It will be at the top of the list.
The address of our new location is:
Cedar Roe Library
5120 Cedar St, Roeland Park, KS
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Quoting from the August AMA’s Model Aviation magazine on page 16, “Power Drive is about a geodetic aircraft design undergoing stress tests. During the film, a model appears in numerous sequences, and although it’s not a flying model, it clearly highlights the aircraft’s construction.”
The author of this Post, HAFFA member Jeff Nisley has previewed this movie and shares these thoughts:
The leading lady, Jean Parker, wants to promote her blind fathers “plastic” airplane design to the U.S. government. Two brothers compete for the affections of the girl which is a nice touch. It doesn’t have a real complicated plot line but is interesting and quite entertaining in places.
The movie has a nice black and white 1940s look and feel. It features 30s/40s humor which IMO makes it quaint.
HERE’S A Synopsis from THE IMDb website
(The synopsis below may give away important plot points.)
- Bradley Farrell, an ace test pilot for McMasters Aviation Corp., breaks his leg when a new airplane crashes because it is too heavy to get off the ground. When Brad’s younger brother Douglas, who just graduated with a degree in aeronautical engineering, flies in, Brad argues that flying is too dangerous for his brother. Brad arranges for Doug to be hired as a design engineer for McMasters. One afternoon, Doug runs into Carol Blake, who is looking for Brad to interest him in her father’s design for a plastic plane.
- Doug pretends to be Brad because he is attracted to the pretty Carol, but his ruse is revealed later at The Flyers’ Roost, a nightclub hangout for local pilots. Brad takes Carol out flying to impress her, but her only interest is in getting him to meet her father. Finally, she brings her blind father, Professor Blake, to The Flyers’ Roost, and Brad becomes immersed in Blake’s plane designs. That same evening, Brad’s friend, Johnny Coles, loses his life test flying his own design for a plastic plane and leaves behind his wife and child. Despite Johnny’s death, Brad convinces McMasters to build Blake’s plane, and Doug is put in charge of the project.
- Trouble mounts between the brothers when Doug, just returning from a business trip, sees Carol kiss Brad before he takes off for a cross-country flight and does not realize the kiss was only a setup for a newspaper photograph. Brad sets a new cross-country speed record, and when he returns, he proposes to Carol. Carol gently rejects him because she is in love with Doug. Unaware of Carol’s decision, Doug picks a fight with Brad and in a rage quits his job, but a talk with Professor Blake changes his mind.
- The construction on the plastic “geodetic” plane is completed, and Army officials, interested in the plane as a trainer, arrive for the test flight. An arrogant Brad balks at all the test equipment Doug has installed in the plane and also protests having his inexperienced brother fly with him as a test pilot.
- Once in the air, Doug orders Brad to execute a 9-G power dive, which causes Doug to pass out. His equipment breaks off and slides under the rudder, and Brad is unable to maneuver the plane. He forces Doug to parachute to safety, and then cuts the rudder wires and wraps them around his hands. Although his hands bleed profusely, Brad manually lands the plane safely.
- Relations between the brothers heal, Doug and Carol marry, and Brad finally gives up the hazards of being a test pilot to take a desk job as vice-president of McMasters Aviation.
Here is a Slide Show Featuring Promotional Photos & Stills from the Movie
We hope everyone can attend. Bring a friend. It will be a night to remember.