The Great Waldo Pepper is a 1975 drama film directed, produced, and co-written by George Roy Hill. It stars Robert Redford as a discontented airplane pilot in the years 1926-1931. Margot Kidder, Bo Svenson, Edward Hermann and Susan Sarandon round out the cast.
Waldo Pepper (Robert Redford) feels he has missed out on the glory of aerial combat in World War I after being made a flight instructor. When the fighting ends, Waldo has taken up barnstorming to make a living. He soon tangles with rival barnstormer Axel Olsson (Bo Svenson).
Enemies at first, Waldo and Axel become partners and try out various stunts. One goes wrong and Waldo is nearly killed after slamming into a barn. Waldo goes home to Kansas to recuperate with an earlier lover Maude (Margot Kidder) and her family. Maude's brother Ezra (Edward Hermann) is an old friend of Waldo's and promises to build Waldo a high performance monoplane as soon as Waldo is well enough to fly it.
In the meantime Waldo recuperates and joins back...