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Brothers Cass and Jerry Harrington are both carrying on the proud Navy tradition of their father, who was killed in the service. Older brother Cass serves as a lieutenant in the Naval air force, while Jerry is a submarine ensign. Deciding that he wants to be a pilot, Jerry gets a transfer to the Naval air school in Pensacola, Florida, against the opposition of Cass, who worries that his younger brother will feel pressured by the competition. Nevertheless, Jerry joins the class at Pensacola with cadets Dan Morrison, Scat Allen and Armando Costa. After completing his schooling, Jerry is assigned to the Naval base in San Diego, where Cass is also stationed. When Cass leaves for Washington to sell his plane design to the government, Jerry falls in love with Irene Dale, Cass's fiancée. Although Irene returns Jerry's love, circumstances dictate that she remain with Cass after he is crippled in a crash during a training flight and is forced to resign from the service. Soon after, Jerry wins his wings, is promoted to lieutenant and given the command of a bomber bound for Honolulu. As Jerry prepares to leave, the plane designed by Cass undergoes rigorous testing. As a group of assembled officials watch in horror, the test pilot crashes during a power dive. The plane seems doomed when other pilots refuse to complete the testing, and Jerry, realizing that the plane represents life to Cass, resigns his commission to complete the last test. Jerry passes out during a dangerous dive, but regains consciousness just in time to land safely, thus proving the value of the craft. Awarded another commission, Jerry is in the process of taking off for Honolulu when Cass realizes that Irene is in love with his brother and frees her to marry him.