The fourth installment of the Iron Eagle franchise adds a new twist to the airborne saga by combining the sky-high heroics with a feel-good troubled-teens tale, but the new kids on the Iron Eagle block are unable to resuscitate this tired series. This Canadian-made actioner never manages to get off the runway.
Louis Gossett Jr returns once again as retired Air Force Gen. Charles ‘Chappy’ Sinclair, who is now reduced to running the Iron Eagle Flight School, a training center that caters exclusively to teens on the wrong side of the law. He finally convinces former fighter pilot Doug Masters (Jason Cadieux) to help him run the school.
Masters and a couple of the adolescent would-be pilots land on an abandoned Air Force strip and spot a bunch of soldiers digging up suspicious-looking canisters. Sinclair immediately tells his Air Force buddy Gen. Brad Kettle (Al Waxman) about the mysterious activities but it turns out that Kettle is the head bad guy, and he’s intent on dumping the toxic chemicals on Cuba to test them.
Helmer Sidney J. Furie, who directed the first two Iron Eagle pics, is unable to breathe much life into the cliche-ridden script. Some of the high altitude stunts are reasonably entertaining, but the ground-level drama is strictly ho-hum. The young thesps fare better, particularly Joanne Vannicola as the drug-dealing wild girl Wheeler.