The primary trailer for Masters of the Air, Tom Hanks’ religious successor to Band of Brothers and The Pacific, debuted final week. In it, we get our first have a look at a completely stacked solid in motion, which incorporates Austin Butler, Callum Turner, and Barry Keoghan, amongst others. However we additionally get our first style of the significantly brutal fashion of aerial fight, which defines the formidable nine-episode streaming sequence debuting on Apple TV Plus in January.
The trailer is narrated by Anthony Boyle, who performs Main Harry Crosby, the 100th Bomb Group’s unique navigator. It was Crosby’s job to plan routes for the fleet of B-17 bombers, every crewed by 10 males, earlier than they had been flown into fight over Europe. It was underneath his tutelage that the 100th Bomb Group would turn into referred to as The Bloody Hundredth, with harrowing missions taking a heavy toll on its air crews all through the struggle.
Grasp of the Air’s digital camera angles really feel significantly impressed by historic images, a few of which had been taken from contained in the planes by crew members throughout fight missions over Europe. Manufacturing movies shared on Instagram present units with partial B-17 fuselages dotted with non-standard holes and different entry factors, presumably to offer videographers entry for filming the motion each inside and out of doors the plane.
Odd holes apart, the trailer’s consideration to historic element is of explicit significance. The B-17s themselves seem to have been recreated in loving element, proper right down to the tail numbers and markings of outstanding planes within the fleet — together with tail quantity 48824 “Mike,” an airframe that participated in each fight and aid missions, dropping meals over Holland as a part of Operation Chowhound. There’s additionally a number of scenes depicting the legendary red-tailed P-51s flown by the Tuskegee Airmen, in addition to a vignette inside what seems to be the officer’s membership of the 99th Pursuit Squadron — the US’ first African American fighter squadron.
Masters of the Air, based mostly on the ebook of the identical identify by Donald R. Miller, premieres Jan. 26 on Apple TV Plus.