In the July 2016 issue of TCM's Now Playing, Robert Osborne writes that Olivia de Havilland, who had signed a contract with Warner Brothers to star in A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935), "...considered [Wings of the Navy] the absolute nadir of her career. It was as far afield from Shakespeare as one could get...." While this isn't the worst film ever made (and probably not her worst either. There is, after all The Swarm...), it's not all that good. However, in many ways (according to this TCM article), it was this film that helped Ms. de Havilland appear in her most famous role - she was so irritated that she had been forced to do Wings of the Navy, she redoubled her efforts to land the part of a lifetime - that of Melanie in Gone With the Wind.
PBS History Detectives]. With its emphasis on the flying service, Wings of the Navy is a documentary praising the U.S. Navy Air Corps. Even the New York Times review felt that "the educational part [of the film] is so interesting that we return to the romantic part... with a feeling almost akin to pain." The advertising for the release also (discussed on WarnerBrothers.com) displays the studio's primary interest in creating this film: "'For all the world to witness that America will not be unprepared!' [it declared] —and backed it up with bravura footage shot at Pensacola Naval Station in Florida and North Island Naval Station at Coronado, California."
Much as Ms. de Havilland disliked the film, she did not immediately escape it. According to this article from the AFI Catalog, she ended up reprising her role (with George Brent and John Payne) in the Lux Radio Theatre production of October 1940. While we agree with her, it is not all that wonderful a film, we'll leave you with a clip of Ms. de Havilland and Mr. Payne: