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User currently offlineBwc1976 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 194 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 6 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3133 times:

I just now saw this movie this weekend, but the threads I found about it here were already archived so I couldn't post to them. Something I'm curious about in particular is the TWA flight back to America, after Abagnale is extradited from France. The seat pitch in coach looks absolutely amazing by today's standards (even compared to AA), at least 35", 36", maybe even 38"? Anyone know if it was really that nice on TWA and/or any other U.S. carriers back then? I'd be curious to find out exactly how it's gone up and down over the years; I'm sure it must have used to be at least slightly better than it is now.

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User currently offlineUAL1837 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 6 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3119 times:

Ya, not sure about TWA, but I know that seat pitch & width was more generous back then.

User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6202 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (11 years 6 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3111 times:

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/993350/6/

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/993057/6/

............For those interested in reading the other threads.



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User currently offlineBwc1976 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 194 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 6 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3092 times:

Well, in the movie at least, there were still 6 seats across like now, so the seat width didn't look any better (although people were thinner on average back then, I'm sure). Although I remember in "Airplane!" there were only 5 seats across, on a 707 which is the same cabin width as the 737 and 757 of today. Were real 707's ever like that? I think I've seen a DC-8 photo on here that was.



User currently offlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8182 posts, RR: 24
Reply 4, posted (11 years 6 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3061 times:

I'm surprised noone has mentioned the DC-8 cockpit when he was riding a 707. TWA had no DC-8s, but sure enough they were flying one. That was my biggest problem. Good movie, though.


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User currently offlineDL_Mech From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 1924 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (11 years 6 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2991 times:

.....Just like in "Airplane!" where the cockpit shots are of a Convair 880 simulator, and not a 707.


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User currently offlineDeltaRules From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3722 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (11 years 6 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2956 times:

The 707s were 6 across seating, and the DC-8s, from what I found, could be 5 or 6.

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User currently offlineExitrowaisle From United States of America, joined May 2000, 264 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 years 6 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2926 times:

Unfortunately, you can't tell anything about what TWA or Pan Am was "really like" from this movie, as the cabins were standard Hollywood sets, seen in countless other movies and TV shows. 99.9% of the audience wouldn't notice or care, but very fake-looking to a commercial aviation buff. The seat pitch was probably extra wide on the set so the seats didn't get in the camera's way. To the filmmakers' credit, the flight attendant uniforms were accurate for both TWA and Pan Am, so at least they did a LITTLE research. I was impressed that they got the 1964 and 1967 Pan Am uniforms right (they were slightly different!)

That said, in the 60's and early 70's, seat pitch was somewhat better in coach. I believe it was about 34"-35". The heyday for coach passengers was in the early 70's, when air travel declined so much airlines put in coach lounges to try and win over passengers, even in the 707s! That's also the era United put 5-across in it's transcon/Hawaii DC-8s as shown in the photo. Of course, when traffic rebounded in the mid-70s, the lounges went away, but I don't think seat pitch declined all that much until deregulation. I have an AA seat map brochure from 1979 that still shows a 727-200 with rows up to 26 (They were up to row 30 before MRTC).



User currently offlineTwaneedsnohelp From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (11 years 6 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2848 times:

on hbo there was a Making of Catch Me if You Can and it appeared that Spielberg and crew spent considerable time and resources trying to make the scenes credible to the 60s era.

User currently offlineBoeing 747-311 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 795 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (11 years 6 months 1 day ago) and read 2829 times:

Where did they film the aiport scenes at?


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