The real Greg 'Pappy' Boyington appeared in the second half of the two-part episode "The Deadliest Enemy of All" in the cameo role of Gen. Harrison Kenlay. He also appeared at the end of the first season's final episode "The Fastest Gun" as an officer who pins a medal on Boyington in newsreel footage.
As, at the time, there were no genuine A6M "Zero" fighters in flyable condition (this has been rectified only in recent years), all of the Japanese Zeroes depicted were actually American AT-6 "Texan" trainer aircraft that were specially modified to resemble a Zero.
When nurses were added to the regular cast, they were referred to in the opening credits as "Pappy Lambs" as a takeoff on the show that was beating this one in the ratings at the time, Charlie's Angels.
Red West was filming a scene on this series when he was told his former boss, Elvis Presley had died. West was given the rest of the day off.
Most of the aerial footage was shot off the Southern California coast. The island seen during the opening and closing credits is Santa Barbara Island.
Although many viewers thought the Japanese bomber pilot "Washing Machine Charlie" was fictitious, he did in fact exist, and is mentioned in William Manchester's memoir of the Pacific War, "Goodbye Darkness". He was also mentioned on 'McHale's Navy (1962 TV series)'
In the pilot the character Boyle was played by Jake Mitchell (as listed in episode end credits). In every subsequent episode he was played by Chicago actor Larry Manetti.
There is a famous photo of every member of the Black Sheep Squadron posing on the wings of one of their planes wearing St. Louis Cardinals baseball caps. The Cardinals donated one cap for every Japanese plane the squadron shot down. They ended up donating so many caps that everybody in the entire squadron, including the ground personnel, got one.
Some scenes show the pilots holding the triggers for extended periods of time. Standard practice was to fire in 3-5 second bursts because the Corsair only carried enough ammunition for just under 30 continuous seconds of firing. There were 400 rounds per gun in the inner two guns and 375 rounds for the outer gun.
The carrier mentioned in the Episode is the U.S.S. Lexington (CV-16) but the carrier seen in the episode was the modern carrier U.S.S. Ranger (CV-61)
The title is based on the song "Georgia on My Mind" with lyrics by Stuart Gorrell and music by Hoagy Carmichael, and is the official state song of Georgia.
The title is similar to "The Cat's Meow" which is a 1920's expression meaning something is outstanding.
The real 'Gregory H. 'Pappy Boyington appeared as the cameo role of Gen. Harrison Kenlay.
The title is part of the opening song of the show.
Sister Dominique and the children are singing the French song 'Sur le pont d'Avignon'.
The title stands for the Women Airforce Service Pilots, a group of women pilots who ferried planes from the home front to the war zone freeing male pilots for combat and more hazardous duty.
The real 'Gregory H. 'Pappy Boyington appeared at the end of the first season's final episode as an officer who pins a medal on Boyington in newsreel footage.
The title is a parody of the expression from the American West of the 19th century used in books, movies and television: The fastest gun in the west. The phrase implies that this person, shootist, lawman or outlaw is so fast that no one can beat him in a gunfight and that he is a constant target by anyone who wants to obtain that title.
The title is the Japanese translation for Kamikaze, the suicide pilots.
The title refers to the forbidden fruit on the tree of knowledge that was placed in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve ate from the tree and were banished from paradise according the book of Genesis.
Per the title, 'The Iceman Cometh' is a play written by Eugene O'Neill in 1939.
The title is based on the well-known phrase in show business, meaning that regardless of what happens, even if the star can't go on, the show must still be put on for the waiting patrons.