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User currently offlineTugger From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 5491 posts, RR: 8
Posted (5 years 3 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 7283 times:

OK I just tuned into Die hard 2. This has got to be up there as one of the worst aviation related movies ever. It pains me to watch it. And I find it hard or sad to think the movie-going public could buy into it. "Help us, the radio is out and we can't land! Guess we'll have to circle till we run out of gas." Jeez!

OK so what are your nominees for the worst movies that involve and airport, airplane, or has aviation as a central element. The ones that just horribly represent or mis-represent the field of aviation. You have mine: Die Hard 2.

Tugg


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User currently offlineVikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 9897 posts, RR: 26
Reply 1, posted (5 years 3 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 7276 times:
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Oh, for lack of anything better, probably Con-Air.

"We're out of gas, so I'm gonna land her on the strip!"

etc....



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User currently offlineHomer71 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2242 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (5 years 3 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 7221 times:

Home Alone 2 (1992)

Kevin boards an AA jet: from the exterior it's a 767; from the interior it's a 747 (judging by the exit door).

Also, the first Home Alone (1990), did Kevin's mom leave CDG on an AA M80?



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User currently offlineFerengi80 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2007, 690 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 3 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 7192 times:
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For me, it would be Airport 79: The Concorde (Airport 80 as it was in the UK I believe). Seeing George Kennedy put Concorde through barrell rolls and loops just cracks me up - surely she would have flown herself apart!


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User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16854 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (5 years 3 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 7194 times:

Bill Murray's "Quick Change", they're pretending to be at JFK but in actuality they are at EWR's Terminal C. I know because I was there the night they were filming.


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User currently offlineFalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6084 posts, RR: 29
Reply 5, posted (5 years 3 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 7164 times:
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Quoting Ferengi80 (Reply 3):
For me, it would be Airport 79:

That is bad.... I know Superfly will be here defending it sooner or later. The worst airplane movie I can think of is Soul Plane. It features Snoop Dog and Tom Arnold.

Quoting Tugger (Thread starter):
Die Hard 2.

My dad can be seen in that movie as one of the guys in the background who is getting on the escalator.

There is an episode of the A-Team (a great show) that involves a hijacking of a 747. The plane is first shown a TWA 747, in the air, then it switches to a TWA L1011 on the ground, then back to a 747, then back to the L1011. The cabin shots switch too, but look like an L1011 most of time. They use a fictitious airline name, but the titles on the TWA planes are not blacked out. In the end the A-team takes back the plane and they land at LAX. In the end Murdock runs the plane through the windows at the terminal. The scene is directly lifted from the movie Airplane.



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User currently offlineSevenforty From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (5 years 3 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 7158 times:



Quoting Ferengi80 (Reply 3):
For me, it would be Airport 79: The Concorde (Airport 80 as it was in the UK I believe). Seeing George Kennedy put Concorde through barrell rolls and loops just cracks me up - surely she would have flown herself apart!

I was going to say this one too. Especially the part when George Kennedy fires the flare out of the flighdeck window. I can't help loving all the Airport movies though. They all captured what used to be special about flying one way or the other. Even if they were daft.

I just wish the interiors would match with the exteriors in movies. Guess most people wouldn't know or care. Bugs me though.

The drunks in Airport 75 are hilarious. Take-off roll...."this is it, count your beads folks" This always came into my mind when I was crew..wonder what sort of reaction I would of got from the passengers on the P.A ?


User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11638 posts, RR: 60
Reply 7, posted (5 years 3 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 7123 times:

Flightplan was pretty unrealistic; huge wastes of space everywhere in the aircraft - excessive over and under floor spaces; archaic and simplistic electronics; and, best of all, you can blow a huge bomb up in the nose and all it does is knock the gear out and put a small hole in the metal skin. Impressive  yes 


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User currently offlineAustrianZRH From Austria, joined Aug 2007, 1384 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 3 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 7051 times:

There's a movie out there, I forgot the name, about a plane flying to IAH or HOU getting struck by lightning, and Houston ATC is sabotaged. Finally they crashland the plane on a under construction runway after they finally find the airport in the thunderstorm.

Now the interesting stuff: it takes off as a 737, flies as a 757, has the interior of a 767, crashlands as a MD-80/DC-9 and is evacuated as a Caravelle. I think this must be the most-morphing aircraft in movie history.

Oh, and as a (unfortunately probably unintended) joke in the beginning, there's a bizjet with the cockpit of a Beechcraft or something like that, the callsign Cessna Citation, and the exterior shots are of a Concorde. For heaven's sake, the CONCORDE!!!

To Die Hard 2: that's realistic, isn't? Fuel to circle for 6 hours but no diversion airport within range Big grin. With that fuel, they probably could have diverted to every airport in the whole lower 48...

[Edited 2009-05-18 06:55:19]


WARNING! The post above should be taken with a grain of salt! Furthermore, it may be slightly biased towards A.
User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8449 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (5 years 3 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 7029 times:
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Quoting Vikkyvik (Reply 1):
Oh, for lack of anything better, probably Con-Air.

"We're out of gas, so I'm gonna land her on the strip!"

etc....

It was on TV here last night  Smile

That movie with Ray Liotta and Lauren Holly on the 747 with the Christmas lights was pretty poor. What was it called, Turbulence or something?

Let's not forget Executive Decision. Or maybe we should.



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User currently offlineMauiman31 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 450 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 years 3 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 7001 times:
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Ditto - when they show an aircraft type that doesn't match the interior shot or route. . . Drives me crazy. . .

Most recent for me (watched it on cable last week) --- The Very Brady Sequel

They go to Hawaii from the mainland. They show a Hawaiian DC-9 in the air. And then the interior shot is a wide body of some kind - maybe the DC-10. And then another scene on the tarmac as they deplane in Hawaii from a DC-9.


User currently offlineYflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 1012 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (5 years 3 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 6990 times:

In this past season of Lost, they establised that the fictional "Ajira Airways" is an Indian carrier. Then in a later episode they have the "Oceanic Six" traveling on an Ajira Aiways flight from LAX to GUM. That's a domestic route! An Indian carrier could not fly that route.

In that same episode they show a 737-700 taking of for this LAX-GUM lfight. They did at least mention that the flight stops in HNL, but even HNL-GUM is really pushing that aircraft's range, unless they're flying the "island hopper" route, or this fictional airline has 737-700ERs. (They also showed a cabin that looked more like something out of a 737-200, but I'm willing to forgive that since that's probably all the set builders had available to them).


User currently offlineBsbisland From Brazil, joined Jul 2005, 376 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (5 years 3 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 6987 times:



Quoting Mauiman31 (Reply 10):
That movie with Ray Liotta and Lauren Holly on the 747 with the Christmas lights was pretty poor. What was it called, Turbulence or something?

Turbulence. It was great when the stewardess landed the plane. But at least they show the same aircraft throughout the movie ( a 747 with a modified JAL livery)...


Interesting discussion as yesterday I saw Passenger 57 after 15 years or so as I found the whole movie on youtube (actually I saw many parts of the movie). I loved this film as a child, now I just found a bit less realistic with Wesley snipes jumping in the plane taking off or dumping fuel, among other things... But it is still a fun movie and there is the great L1011. Certainly not the worst aviation movie.

Die hard 2 is indeed the worst of my list.


User currently offlineFalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6084 posts, RR: 29
Reply 13, posted (5 years 3 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 6963 times:
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Quoting Yflyer (Reply 11):
Oceanic

The "crashed" plane is really an L1011, but the model of the plane you can buy is a 777. There was a neat article about it in Airways a few months ago.



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User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (5 years 3 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 6917 times:

Not so much a movie, but I always used to get irritated by the flight scenes in episodes of Friends! Ignoring the fact that they always seemed to be able to afford to fly anything but Y, the worst episode that sticks in my mind was when Ross was supposed to be heading to Greece for his honeymoon following his wedding to Emily in London!

Ross is waiting in a room at some unidentifiable London airport (I'm assuming either LGW or LHR as he appears to be flying VS...some extra publicity for SRB in addition to his cameo appearance in the London episodes!) awaiting his flight to Athens when Rachel stumbles in as she awaits a standby seat on a flight to New York. After a brief discussion, it's decided that Rachel will accompany Ross to Greece as Emily has failed to show up. Rachel pretty much turns and walks straight onto the flight to Athens!! Just wouldn't happen!!! She then settles in to her seat on what appears to be a widebody as she waits for Ross to join her on the flight. As far as I know, VS only ever flew the A320 family on the LON-ATH route. The flight then unexpectedly departs without Ross as he's still at the gate chatting to Emily, who has now shown up.

There were so many other examples but I'll stop there!



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User currently offlineFalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6084 posts, RR: 29
Reply 15, posted (5 years 3 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 6894 times:
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Quoting BAViscount (Reply 14):
I always used to get irritated by the flight scenes in episodes of Friends! Ignoring the fact that they always seemed to be able to afford to fly anything but Y

That depends who which of the Friends you are talking about and when Ross, Monica, and especially Chandler have much better paying jobs than the other three. Later on Chandler gets knocked back when he changes careers and Joey makes a lot more when he becomes a star on Days of Our Lives.

The Friends have flown in Y. The episode where they all go to Vegas we see Ross and Rachel in Y and on an earlier flight Phoebe, Chandler, and Monica are seen in Y. Also when Monica Chandler get married they fly Y on their honeymoon. They complain because the couple in front of them got bumped to F and they didn't. They also try to sneak into the first class lounge where Monica steals and Orange.

Quoting BAViscount (Reply 14):
Just wouldn't happen!!!

It is only TV and it does make the story better. The story wouldn't have worked out if Rachel couldn't have gone to Greece. It is after all only a comedy show.

If you want to nit pick Friends you will notice they always show the TWA terminal at JFK, but the planes in the background when seen from inside the terminal are always United.



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User currently offlineCrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1858 posts, RR: 42
Reply 16, posted (5 years 3 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 6856 times:
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I'm surprised that after 15 posts nobody mentioned the single worst aviation related movie ever made. IRON EAGLE! Then when you think its all over, they make 2 sequels!

Also I found Snakes on a Plane, and worse, Outbreak on a plane atrociously bad!



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User currently offline767nutter From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2008, 161 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (5 years 3 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 6852 times:



Quoting Tugger (Thread starter):
OK I just tuned into Die hard 2. This has got to be up there as one of the worst aviation related movies ever. It pains me to watch it. And I find it hard or sad to think the movie-going public could buy into it. "Help us, the radio is out and we can't land! Guess we'll have to circle till we run out of gas." Jeez!

OK so what are your nominees for the worst movies that involve and airport, airplane, or has aviation as a central element. The ones that just horribly represent or mis-represent the field of aviation. You have mine: Die Hard 2.

If you think about it though it isn't aimed at aviation itself, the writers just needed to have an exciting location for the terrorists to attack, and i suppose an Airport is exciting, whereas from what i have seen of the film Aiport 79/80 it is foucsed mainly on the flight of a aircraft being somehow chased by a missile.

Back on topic one of my nominations would be Red Eye, from what i can remember;

passengers boarding (interior); widebody aircraft,
aircraft taxiing (exterior); airbus A320 family
aircraft taking off (exterior); B737
aircraft cruising (exterior); B767

wow she must have had quite a few connections!


User currently offlineFalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6084 posts, RR: 29
Reply 18, posted (5 years 3 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 6838 times:
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Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 16):
IRON EAGLE!

That does suck! I was never a fan of Top Gun either.



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User currently offlineBrilondon From Canada, joined exactly 9 years ago today! , 4188 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (5 years 3 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 6821 times:

Conair is one of the worst for me as well as Snakes on a Plane.

Quoting BAViscount (Reply 14):
Not so much a movie, but I always used to get irritated by the flight scenes in episodes of Friends! Ignoring the fact that they always seemed to be able to afford to fly anything but Y

Well since they can afford to live in New York on waitress and administrative assistance salaries in what seems to be pretty expensive apartments they obviously fly J or F class.  Yeah sure



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User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (5 years 3 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 6800 times:



Quoting Brilondon (Reply 19):
Well since they can afford to live in New York on waitress and administrative assistance salaries in what seems to be pretty expensive apartments they obviously fly J or F class.

THANKYOU!!! LOL Big grin



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User currently offlineFalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6084 posts, RR: 29
Reply 21, posted (5 years 3 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 6792 times:
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Quoting Brilondon (Reply 19):
Well since they can afford to live in New York on waitress and administrative assistance salaries in what seems to be pretty expensive apartments they obviously fly J or F class

You obviosly never watched Friends all that much during its 10 year run.

Rachel was the only waitress and that was only for a few years. She was living for free with Monica who was living in her grandmother's rent controlled aparrment. Chandler and Ross always had good jobs. Chandler eventually became a VP at his company doing Statistical analysis and data reconfigeration. He then left to get into advertising. Ross was a museum researcher (a PhD) and later became a professor at NYU. Monica eventually became a head chef at a flashy resturant. Rachel moved up the line to a mid level job at Ralph Lauren. Joey who mooched off of Chandler a lot eventually became a star on Days of Our Lives. Phoebe was the only one to never really move up the career chain. For the first few years of the show Phoebe lived with her grandmother and later got her apartment when she died.

Also in the epidsode where they come home from Barbados they all fly in Y. The only episodes I can think of that they flew in F was for the Ross' wedding in London.

If you couldn't guess Friends is one of my favorite TV shows. It is one of the only non serious TV shows I ever liked.



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User currently offlineMSPNWA From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 1932 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (5 years 3 months 3 days ago) and read 6786 times:

My most disliked is Air force One. I don't think there's even a hint of realism in that movie. Executive Decision isn't far behind. I know that the vast majority have no idea, or don't care because it's a movie, but I still hate unrealistic scenes.

User currently offlineTonyban From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 343 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (5 years 3 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 6735 times:

The worst for me has to be Passenger 57 where the L-1011 somehow lands on a small airstrip and then has no problem taking off from the same strip later in the movie.

Also, Airport 75 when they're transferring the pilot from the helicopter to the flight deck of the 747. They kept showing the passengers looking out of their windows as if they could see what was going on. Also, when the 747 finally comes to a complete stop, only the exit doors on the left side of the aircraft are open and the slides deployed. All the doors on the right remain closed.


User currently offlineDoona From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 3768 posts, RR: 13
Reply 24, posted (5 years 3 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6699 times:



Quoting Andz (Reply 9):
That movie with Ray Liotta and Lauren Holly on the 747 with the Christmas lights was pretty poor. What was it called, Turbulence or something?

I agree that Turbulence wasn't a masterpiece. But, if you compare it to it's two sequels, I think you'll prefer the first one...  silly 

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25 Tonyban : In the final scene of the movie when Bruce Willis and one the 'bad guys' are fighting on the wing of the 747 as it taxis for takeoff, there are sever
26 Jeremy : My least favorite is Pushing Tin. I usually like Billy Bob's films but his acting in this is awful!
27 Tonyban : I just thought of one more. In the 1970's serial the Incredibal Hulk. There was one episode where the hulk himself lands a 747 with the help of a teen
28 Readytotaxi : Snakes on a plane was bad, but then it made its self worse by taking itself seriously as a movie.
29 Eghansen : I do not like Pearl Harbor much. Many of the flying scenes are good but the acting is horrible. There is a part in the beginning where the caption sa
30 COrocks : The worst one I have seen I cannot remember the name. However, it involved the fact that the plane could not land or descend. I guess it had a problem
31 HAMAD : My worst movies: - Airport 79 - Passenger 51 - Air Force one - No where to land - Executive decision - Soul plane (even though it was just a comedy) -
32 Flinhion757 : Amen! I think Flight Plan. They are in an obvious A380. The lade (Jodi Foster) calls it a "8272" or something like that. -F757
33 Rajrs : Can anybody list good movies also? I don't know much about movies. Rajrs.
34 Isitsafenow : The King of airline movies was of course "High and the Mighty". Nothing compares to the storyline of folks suddenly put in harms way and how they reac
35 Falstaff : That is one of the best comedy movies ever made..... "and that more than anything led to my drinking problem".... "Looks like I picked the wrong week
36 LordMontenegro : There were two movies I watched when I was younger, and one of them was called Terror in the Sky (I think) and that may be the one you're referring t
37 AustrianZRH : That sounds familiar, could very well be that movie. Can't remember it too well, just that it was a VERY bad one.
38 Falstaff : I remember that, wasn't that a made for TV movie?
39 767nutter : It was supposed to be bad! It was a comedy! F/O: ''We have Clearance Clerance.'' Captain: ''Roger, Roger, whats our Vector Victor?'' Main Character:
40 Falstaff : Ted Stryker My buddy Fritz does that bit when he flies his Bonanza. Doctor : These people must be gotten to a Hospital FA: A hospital? What is it? Do
41 WestJetForLife : Okay, I'm going on a rant here. I hate Turbulence. 1997, Ray Liotta, Lauren Holly and an all-star band of morons that I can't even REMEMBER being in o
42 Falstaff : He was in Goodfellas which was up for best picture of the year in 1990 (it should have won) and the next year he was in Article 99, which was also a
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