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Cinema and aerial dogfighting grew up together, if you think about it. Hollywood was becoming the center of the film industry less than a decade after Orville and Wilbur Wright completed their first flight and only a few years before the air forces of the United States, Great Britain, Germany and France took to the skies of Europe, during the first world war.

What's with the history lesson? Well, the parallel evolution of film and aerial combat has meant that we've had plenty of on-screen dogfights over the years. Some have been very, very good or hugely cutting edge, while others have simply advanced the art of in-air filmmaking.

CineFix has put together a video showing the ten greatest aerial dogfights in cinematic history, including clips from Top Gun, Tora! Tora! Tora!, and Memphis Belle, among others. On top of being a great time waster, it's fascinating to see how methods of filming in-air action have changed over the years. Check it out.

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