"Not the finest film in the world and not really the fifth best World War I film, but for me, personally, it needs to be included.
"One of my hobbies is World War I aviation and it all started here. I didn't see the film when it was released in 1966, but my Dad took me to a tiny Paraparamu cinema to watch in the early 70s.
"I was instantly fascinated by the dogfight sequences (and bored by the 'talking bits' in between).
"I was even more captivated when Dad told me that pilots were killed during the film's production. (I later learnt that was untrue. It was in a film called Zeppelin, made a few years later, that there was a fatal crash).
"I started to study the aircraft and came to admire the replica planes the film company had built for the film. In some sequences, a dozen aircraft are dogfighting. There are a few dodgy model shots, but most of the flying is done for real, which still impresses, in this CGI age.
"The hero, played by George Peppard, flies a Pfalz D.III (the story is told from the German point of view), and I made a model of the Pfalz out of cardboard.
"Years later, I found the original Blue Max Pfalz rotting in an Alabama hanger. I bought it and have restored it to flying condition. We fly the Pfalz at our airshows, which features my World War I aircraft collection- all of which is inspired by The Blue Max.
"Much of what I do today is directly connected to the movies I saw as a kid."