Episode 015 | The Millionaires' Unit

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Enjoy a deep dive into the documentary filmmaking process with Darroch Greer and Ron King as they discuss their film The Millionaires' Unit. 

The Film tells the unsung story of a group of Yale college students who took the initiative to learn to fly in preparation for America’s entry into World War I and became the founding squadron of the U.S. Naval Air Reserve.

The award winning film’s VOD release date of February 15, 2018 was chosen to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of First Yale Unit member Albert D. Sturtevant, the first U.S. Naval Aviator killed in combat, when his plane went down in the North Sea on February 15, 1918.

Narrated by Academy Award® nominated actor Bruce Dern, grandnephew of one of the aviators, the feature length documentary charts the romantic, little known story of the origins of American airpower and features very rare archival footage and thrilling dogfighting sequences filmed air to air with replica WW1 planes, some with original engines.

Inspired by Marc Wortman’s book The Millionaires’ Unit the film has been developed and produced by descendants of the First Yale Unit, including filmmaker Ron King, producers Harry Davison and Mike Davison, and narrator Bruce Dern who are all grandnephews and grandsons of FYU members.