In Murphy's War(1971), Peter O'Toole is the last survivor of a German U-boat attack on his ship. Lusting for revenge, he finds a Grumman Duck and teaches himself to fly it as he hunts for the U-boat. The result? Some fantastic Grumman Duck aerobatics.
But the real "man" behind this "man movie" was stunt pilot Frank Tallman, who flew the Duck for real and nearly died during the filming when a rough landing went wrong. Tallman will always be remembered as one of Hollywood's great stunt pilots back before CGI existed and real aircraft and pilots had to be risked for great movies.
Oh, and did I mention that Frank Tallman only had one leg? Can't be too many one-legged pilots around now, can there?