One of the first of director Howard Hawks' many aviation films, The Air Circus stars Arthur Lake and David Rollins as two young flight-school cadets. After bragging about their airborne prowess to pretty Sue Carol, the boys are dismayed to learn that she is an accomplished aviatrix, who can fly rings around both of them. Later, during his first solo flight, Rollins is overcome by fear. In danger of "washing out," Rollins proves that he's got what it takes by rescuing Lake and Carol from a disabled plane in flight. Long thought lost, Air Circus was rescued from oblivion in the early 1970s; originally a part-talkie, it currently exists only in its silent version.
by Hal Erickson synopsis