So take December 7th, 1941. Add a Japanese attack force and use a freak time storm to insert a 1980's aircraft carrier between it and Pearl Harbor. What do you get? Some pretty good aviation scenes.
Then of course you have the great debate: Sit idly by and let history run it's course, or use the full power of a nuclear-powered carrier and it's compliment of aircraft to stop the Japanese attack. The commander's ultimate decision? Hey, he's Kirk Douglas! Green Light! Launch aircraft!
Oh yeah... The Final Countdown(1980). Would have been even better without Martin Sheen in it.