It is now half a century since this Pearl Harbor war epic hit the screens. We take a look back at this ambitious motion picture, its air craft and the legacy it helped create for the US warbird movement 

A phalanx of T-6-based Zeros dives in to attack the static replica P-40s at Wheeler AFB, formerly Wheeler Field.

There’s a saying in showbusiness that ‘timing is everything’. Well, the timing of Tora! Tora! Tora! could hardly have been worse, as far as box-office returns were concerned. A pessimistic, early-seventies America enduring a struggling economy, anti-war protestors and the quagmire of the Vietnam War simply wasn’t in the mindset for a motion picture depicting the defeat of its own military forces, not to mention the knock to national patriotism.

Become a Premium Member to Read More

This is a premium article and requires an active Key.Aero subscription to view.

I’m an existing member, sign me in!

I don’t have a subscription…

Enjoy the following subscriber only benefits:

  • Unlimited access to all KeyAero content
  • Exclusive in-depth articles and analysis, videos, quizzes added daily
  • A fully searchable archive – boasting hundreds of thousands of pieces of quality aviation content
  • Access to read all our leading aviation magazines online - meaning you can enjoy the likes of FlyPast, Aeroplane Monthly, AirForces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, Aviation News, Airports of the World, PC Pilot and Airliner World - as soon as they leave the editor’s desk.
  • Access on any device- anywhere, anytime
  • Choose from our offers below