Sorry, even if you are a history, sci-fi or WWII airplane buff steer clear of this one, regardless of the high amount of interest the plot-line might suggest. No amount of creative license can make the tidal wave of incorrect historical references and events in this movie plausible.The piloting, as well as the mechanical aspects of the aircraft, are so far off the beam, I could simply no longer stand to watch it. (I won't even start with the "radar" technical impossibilities). The actingactors were mediocre at best, but this film contained so many historical inaccuracies I just couldn't get past, that I barely noticed their collective performances.
To start, one two-second burst from a WWII era, Messerschmitt 262's quad 30MM cannon would have reduced the Boeing 757 to a flaming wreck, before it instantly plummeted to the ground. (I think this jet took about 800 hits and kept right on going). Even a highly armored, ruggedly built Boeing B-17 of that time could not survive a short burst of this type of firepower, let alone a passenger jet. Further(disregarding the incorrect datetime of the 262's appearance in the European theater) they flew at around 400 knots cruise speed, with a top speed of about 600 mph. They did not have the capability of overtaking a 757 flying at its top speed. (But they DID have the maneuverability to actually pull out of a dive. See picture- laughable).
As to the piloting; trying to pull a 757 out of a high speed dive at an altitude of 1000 feet would have resulted in two things: a high speed stall, and impact with the ground. (Even if it only carried the 12 passengers the low-budget set showed). They threw it around the air like a P-51 Mustang. By the way, there were also no fighter vs. fighter aerial dogfights at night during WWII, nor were the piston-engine (RAF) fighters then capable of overtaking, out-climbing, and shooting down ME-262's, as shown (at night) in the movie.
Again, in spite of a plot-line that would make WWII gamer's overly excited, just so many implausibleincorrecttechnically deficient presentations of technology of both 1940's (and current) time periods the movie becomes a parody of itself. So many in fact, I cannot begin to skim the surface in this short review. Too bad, as a more accurate version with a budget higher than the $29.95 used for this one, could be a sci-fi blockbuster.
Review by vhilts-26590 from the Internet Movie Database.