Robert Taylor-Handsome in Flight Command (1940)

Flight Command was the movie that got Robert Taylor hooked on flying.  He began to spend all of his spare time at airfields, took flying lessons and became a qualified pilot.   Barbara Stanwyck said it was an obsession and recommended that he see the studio psychiatrist, which he did briefly.  When WWII began he was trained as a pilot instructor and instructed many students both in person and through his 17 training films.  After the war the studio gave him the use of a twin engine Beechcraft that he called Missy, after Stanwyck.  Robert Taylor gave up flying in the late 1950’s.

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About giraffe44

I became a Robert Taylor fan at the age of 15 when his TV show, "The Detectives" premiered. My mother wanted to watch it because she remembered Mr. Taylor from the thirties. I took one look and that was it. I spent the rest of my high school career watching Robert Taylor movies on late night TV, buying photos of him, making scrapbooks and being a typical teenager. College, marriage and career intervened. I remember being sad when Mr. Taylor died. I mailed two huge scrapbooks to Ursula Thiess. I hope she got them. Time passed, retirement, moving to Florida. Then in 2012 my husband Fred pointed that there were two Robert Taylor movies that evening on Turner Classic Movies--"Ivanhoe" and "Quentin Durward." I watched both and it happened all over again. I started this blog both for fans and for people who didn't know about Robert Taylor. As the blog passes 200,000 views I'm delighted that so many people have come by and hope it will help preserve the legacy of this fine actor and equally good man.
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