Masters Of The Air prepares to film in Oxford as extras arrive on set

Production is well underway for Masters Of The Air, with the drama first starting to film in February this year.

And it appears that Oxford is the next spot for the World War II drama to film in, as extras were seen dressed in military uniform in the university town on Monday.

Not only that, but troop transports and other cars from the period have also been brought to the location in preparation for filming.

To work: Masters Of The Air prepared to film in Oxford on Monday as extras dressed in military uniforms stepped out on set and World War II troop transports were brought to the city

One member of the cast was seen dressed in a crisp olive-green blazer that he wore buttoned over a matching shirt and a beige tie.

He completed his look by wearing a pair of grey trousers and smart brown shoes, and he accessorised with a military-issue hat.

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His female co-star, meanwhile, looked chic in a matching jacket that she wore over a sleep pencil skirt that she paired with heeled brogues.

Her brunette locks were pinned back into a sleek bun that she covered with an olive-green peaked cap.

Transformation: A number of vehicles from the period have been brought to the location in preparation for filming

Suit up: One member of the cast was seen dressed in a crisp olive-green blazer that he wore buttoned over a matching shirt and a beige tie

In recent months, producers Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg have constructed a sprawling US airforce base in the British countryside to film the drama – at an eye-watering cost of £5 million. 

The Hollywood heavyweights are producing the Apple+ TV series, which started shooting in the UK in February and features Callum Turner, Austin Butler, Anthony Boyle and Jude law’s son, Rafferty, among its cast.

Masters Of The Air is based on Donald L. Miller’s book Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany.

It was initially reported that HBO had planned to televise the series, when rumours first swirled almost a decade ago back in 2012, by 2019, it was revealed that Apple TV had made a deal with Spielberg and Hanks’ production companies for the series.

Dressed up: One extra looked chic in a matching jacket that she wore over a sleep pencil skirt that she paired with heeled brogues

Exciting: Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg are producing the Apple+ TV series, which features Callum Turner, Austin Butler, Anthony Boyle and Jude law’s son, Rafferty, among its cast

While Deadline Hollywood reports 10 episodes at $200 million, the Hollywood Reporter has claimed it will be nine episodes at $250 million. 

Established in 1944 after the redesignation of VIII Bomber Command, the Eighth Air Force was the largest in terms of personnel, aircraft, and equipment that was deployed during the war.

Their bombing campaign against Nazi Germany was the longest of the Second World War and was considered a war within a war until Allied soldiers crossed into the country in the final months of the conflict.

Historical drama: Masters Of The Air is based on Donald L. Miller’s book Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany

Show: It was initially reported that HBO had planned to televise the series back in 2012, but by 2019 it was revealed that Apple TV had made a deal with Spielberg and Hanks

Bomber crews were an elite part of the American Air Force, with notable members of the team including actors Jimmy Stewart and Clark Gable, and they were expected to engage in air-to-air fighter combat at 25,000 ft.   

It is hoped that the series will emulate the success of Band Of Brothers, the American war drama miniseries also produced by Spielberg and Hanks back in 2001.

Based on based on historian Stephen E. Ambrose’s 1992 book of the same name, the show dramatised the history of “Easy” Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, of the 101st Airborne Division.

Drama: The Eighth Air Force was the largest to be deployed during the war and their bombing campaign against Nazi Germany was the longest of the Second World War

WHO ARE THE EIGHTH AIR FORCE?

The Eighth Air Force was part of the United States Army, and brought the war to Hitler’s doorstep by bombing Berlin, Hanover, and Dresden to destroy enemy targets like rail facilities and oil refineries during World War II.

It was established in 1944 after the redesignation of VIII Bomber Command, and was the largest in terms of personnel, aircraft, and equipment deployed in the war.

As well as strategic bombing, the aircrews were expected to engage in air-to-air fighter combat at 25,000 ft. 

Their bombing against Nazi Germany was the longest military campaign of the Second World War. 

Bomber crews were an elite part of the American Air Force, with notable members of the team including actors Jimmy Stewart and Clark Gable 

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