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Just Watched 1970 Film "Airport"  
User currently offlineStretch 8 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2568 posts, RR: 16
Posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4705 times:

A classic, no doubt, but I had not seen it for a while. The convergence of late 1960s film style and aviation is rich. "Trans Global Airlines" The "Commander's Club." The "Golden Argosy Flight No. 2" to Rome from Chicago "Lincoln International Airport." In one scene, Burt Lancaster is arguing with an airport commissioner, and on display is a Boeing 2707 SST in TWA livery!

All the best lines were delivered by George Kennedy, "Joe Patroni from TWA:"

"The only thing this airplane can't take is a bad pilot!"

"That's one nice thing about the 707, it can do everything but read."




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User currently offlineCancidas From Poland, joined Jul 2003, 4112 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4649 times:

that is one great movie. i am still waiting to buy my own copy. when i borrowed it from a freind i watched it over and over and over again. Big grin


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User currently offlineDc863 From Denmark, joined Jun 1999, 1558 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4605 times:

I think it was filmed in Minneapolis. One of the blonde stews "onboard" was a real stew for AA her name was Patti Poulsen.

User currently offlineZippyjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 5478 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4580 times:

Great film! And, unlike most airline flicks, were very accurate in regard to the aircraft. A Boeing 707 on the outside and an actual Boeing 707 cabin! I've watched too many mile high thrillers where the cabin was Airbus, the plane at the departing airport was an L1011 and then a Boeing 737 as the flick climaxed toward its dramatic conclusion. There were several black and white cinematic tour de forces from the shaboom Leave It To Beaver era that were supposed to be jets but, featured DC-7 cabins and DC-6 outside shots! One of my favourite fopaux was the title of a movie from that afore mentioned era called "Jet Over The Atlantic." Excuse me folks, this was a prop all the way! If one wanted to fudge the truth, they could have referred to a Lockheed Electra but, I don't know of any non stop trans Atlantic hops on a turbo prop jet Electra.  Laugh out loud  Big grin


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User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4557 times:

Hadn't watched it in awhile myself, and did so tonight as well...

Did notice a couple of things...

1/ When Burt Lancaster gives his little speech to the commissioner about their not having spent any money on airport construction, there was a map of an airport behind him. When this movie first came out (1970), Houston's Intercontinental had just opened right around the same time, and it's layout of both runways and terminals was that of the picture in the move, with the exception of IAH not having a south parallel runway. Years later, IAH now has that south parallel runway as shown in the 1970 movie, and in fact, has another parallel runway on the north side. It appears the movie producers had a map of the IAH Master Plan (as it existed back then).

2/ A couple of technical gaffes. When they were on their way back after the guy blew himself up, there were a couple of ATC handoffs, and the frequencies given were 117.5 and 117.1. The last time I looked, 108.0-118.0 were used for navaids, and 118.0-136.975 were the voice freqs. In other words, the frequencies used in the movie handoffs were navaids, and not voice freqs...

Still a great flick, despite Deano's acting in some scenes....  Big grin


User currently offlineIflewrepublic From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 537 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4551 times:

As has been mentioned before in other posts, the vast majority of the extras in "Airport" were actual airline employees stationed at Minneapoli-St Paul's International Airport, where the movie happened to be filmed.

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User currently offlineSpeedbirdheavy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 427 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4510 times:

I once saw a thread here about the history of the 707 used in the film. I did a search and couldn't find it though.

Any info on it would be appreciated.



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User currently offlineDeltaBorn From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 24 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4465 times:

The following statement is from http://www.airodyssey.net/articles/movie-airport.html

The REAL aircraft
N324F, a Boeing 707-349C (msn/ln 19354-503), was delivered to Flying Tiger Line on June 21, 1966. Since then, it had the following registries: EI-ASO, VH-EBZ, G-BAWP, 9J-AEC, S2-ACG, and finally PT-TCS, on Transbrasil Airlines. Sadly, on March 21, 1989, it crashed while making a final approach at São Paulo-Guarulhos Airport. The three occupants of this freight flight, plus 18 people on the ground died.




User currently offlineUadc8contrail From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1782 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4444 times:

dean martin was the man........had a hottie girlfriend.....albeit pregnant


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User currently offlineDeltaBorn From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 24 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4420 times:

This should be the bird.


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User currently offlineDL_Mech From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 1937 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4293 times:

A Boeing 707 on the outside and an actual Boeing 707 cabin!

Actually not. The interior shots were a mockup (a very realistic one) and some of the exterior shots of N324F stuck in the snow are also fake. The best way to tell if an airplane in the movies is fake is to look for all of the latches and stops in the entrance doorway. A couple of movies that used actual interiors include Delta Force (N778PA) and the Langoliers (a TW L-1011).

1) Exterior shots of people climbing up the ladder into the stuck 707- Fake Plane.

2) Shot of Landing Gear coming out of the snow- Fake Gear.

3) Shot of 707 driving out of snow- Real airplane

4) Shot of 707 starting engines in snow- Real airplane

I did catch one new mistake last night......The aft galley exit door handle was in the "open" position during flight.




This plane is built to withstand anything... except a bad pilot.
User currently offlineCanadi>nBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4225 times:

"Airport" is a great film all around. I purchased the DVD a year ago and it has had several screenings for friends who never saw it. They absolutely loved it.
It's a classic, no doubt about that.

Jacqueline Bisset as Trans Global Airlines senior stewardess Gwen Meighen gets my vote as the best fictional FA of all time......hmmm, okay, perhaps not ZE best, but she was absolutely gorgeous in that grey and yellow form fitting uniform. This dame had both a bun in the galley oven and inside her, courtesy of Dino. She LOOKED like an FA. And of course we had good ole swooning Dino boy as Captain Vernon Demerest, suave, rugged, and surprisingly sober while commanding Flight 2, The Golden Argosy, non-stop B707 service from Lincoln International to........aaaaaaah, ROMA, where he and Gwen were to have their 3 day romantic tryst in Napoli (Tell me their fellow crew members wouldn't clue in? Tongues wag and talk in the crew centre, Gwen and Vern!).

"Vern, do you remember that layover we had in San Francisco, where we stayed at that hotel on Nob Hill? Well, I suppose I was rather careless, and forgot to take precautions". Ummm Hmmmmm. Indeed, Gwen, indeed. Tell THAT to your stew supervisor. And as a senior stew, you are to be an example to the fresh birds joining the line? Tch tch tch.

And I also loved the Drama Queen performance of Burt Lancaster's neglected wife, Cindy. "You care more about this DAMN airport than you do me!"
"You PROMISED you'd attend my charity function, all the other husbands make a point of attending, but not you, you're so wrapped up in this DAMN AIRPORT!" These lines being uttered as she is dressed, made up and coiffed like a true sophisticated bitch. Love it.

One person in this film who doesn't seem to get praise for their performance is Maureen Stapleton, that wonderful actress who portrayed Van Heflin's long suffering wife. It was an excellent performance. And was it just me or did Trans Global Airlines pax agent supervisor Tanya Livingston (the cool beauty Jean Seberg) seem to always be in the pivotal location during the airborne drama, totally neglecting her duties and the pax on other TG flights? LOL.

Aside from all that, the one thing that bothered me was the fact that the economy/coach class cabin mock-up interior of Flight 2 had an aisle that, to me was a tad too wide. You will especially notice this when the camera is mounted above looking down into the cabin.

If you haven't had the opportunity to see "Airport", do so. Yeah, it's got cheese, sleaze and tease, but it's a damn good civil aviation film. Also, read the novel by Arthur Hailey, which is excellent, timeless and the best of uts kind.


User currently offlineClipperMonsoon From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 12 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4192 times:

I agree with all of you,, they dont make aviation movies like this one. But
id have to say my real thrill is watching that 707 scream, and twist trying to get out of the snow ! Pure classic.


User currently offlineAAJAXFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 4118 times:

The book was excellent as well, and the movie follows the book closely for the most part in what it covers. The movie leaves out many things like Mel Bakersfield's suicidal brother who is an ATC, the catering truck stuck in the snow, dealing with airport vendors, and the extensive plotline involving the Meadowood residents and Eliot Freemantle, their attorney (leads to a great speech by Mel toward the end). I believe the stuck B707 in the book was a Mexican airline, bound for Acapulco, and people deplane in the snow wearing clothes for warm weather.

In the book, it's more obvious that Mel and Tonya are having an affair... and it goes into detail on the affair that Cindy (Mel's wife) is having. Plus, in the book, everybody hates Vernon Demerest... he's a real ass. The other pilots hate him especially. The only semblence of those exchanges in the movie is the scene where they discuss the regulation shirt. In the book, Vernon sees that Anson Harris isn't wearing one, and makes him go find one from another pilot before departure. Also turns out in the book that Vernon has knocked up stewardesses before and actually has a child, as the stew decided not to take part in the "PPP" plan the airline offers for abortions, but rather had the child and put it up for adoption.


User currently offlineAlitaliaMD11 From Spain, joined Dec 2003, 4068 posts, RR: 13
Reply 14, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 4028 times:

HEy


i just got the airport pack! the concorde and the airport 77 are aswome!



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User currently offlineSpeedbirdheavy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 427 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3981 times:

1) Exterior shots of people climbing up the ladder into the stuck 707- Fake Plane

I'm not so sure. If you watch the forward door close, you'll see that is comes inward and then closes. Most fake airliners just have a door that closes regularly, like it shutting an entrance, rather than sealing a hole.

If a film company has a 707 at it's disposal, then why not utilize it as much as you can? Why build a fake aircraft, when you can use the real thing?

However, the shot of the 707 ascending out of the clouds was definitely a model. You can see the wires.

It was big budget movie, but not big enough to take the real 707 up to film air shots.




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User currently offlineFanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1977 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3964 times:

I agree with Canadi>n Boy - it is the best of it genre. One other film comes close: Skyjacked (1972), based on the book by David Harper. Both are very good; the film has great scenes (inside, outside, in the air) of a 707-373 - this time a World Airways bird. I recommend both.


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User currently offlineNwacrew From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 311 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3951 times:

Flying Tiger Line pilots and flight attendants flew the 707 used in the film from LAX to MSP with the actors and many of the tech people onboard. At the end of the week, the plane would ferry the same people back to L.A. for the weekend. This routine continued for several weeks.

The 707's tail was painted in the colors of "TGA", but the Flying Tiger cheat line was kept intact.

I didn't join Tigers until 1974, but employees still talked about being involved in the making of the film. The 707's were all out of the fleet by then, replaced with stretch DC8's.


User currently offlineB757300 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 4114 posts, RR: 23
Reply 18, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3880 times:

One of the blonde stews "onboard" was a real stew for AA her name was Patti Poulsen.

Hmmmm, Patti Poulsen was a real hottie.




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User currently offlineSpeedbirdheavy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 427 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3846 times:

Flying Tiger Line pilots and flight attendants flew the 707 used in the film from LAX to MSP with the actors and many of the tech people onboard. At the end of the week, the plane would ferry the same people back to L.A. for the weekend. This routine continued for several weeks.

Flight attendants? Ferrying people?

That must have been one luxurious and unique cargo jet.




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User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12103 posts, RR: 49
Reply 20, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3827 times:
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Flying Tiger line at one time had a passenger charter division.


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User currently offlinePatroni From Luxembourg, joined Aug 1999, 1403 posts, RR: 14
Reply 21, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 3792 times:

Well, of course I am also a fan of the airport series (hence my user name  Big grin )

If I remember right I read in a book about the Flying tiger line that the impressive landing of the 707 was actually a bit more dramatic than it was supposed to be. According to the author, the aircraft was actually skidding and blew some tires upon landing. The film crew was quite happy with the results though and didn't ask for a reprise...

Cheers,

Tom... eeh, sorry : Joe


User currently offlineCanadi>nBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 3751 times:

As a matter of fact, my friends and I just finished watching "Airport" again. It wasn't on our line-up of films, but we thought what the hey? It's hard to watch "Airport" and not giggle/laugh at the many scenes/dialogue etc which were turned to spoof/satire in "Airplane!" Joe Patroni saved the day, as usual.

Earlier, we watched "Come Fly With Me", which is actually a pretty good 1960's film about the romantic goings-on of a particular flight deck and cabin crew (Polar Atlantic Airways) of a JFK-CDG-JFK B707 run. Great cabin service shots. The amorous adventures of the flight deck and cabin crew in both Paris and Vienna are cheesy and stretch the imagination, but overall, the film was pretty damn good. It's quite fun to watch, actually. If you can find this film on ebay, then I highly reccomend it.

I agree with Fanojets, "Skyjacked" (1972) is a great film and offers fantastic aerial footage and interior shots of the B707.


User currently offlineNwacrew From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 311 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3677 times:

"Flying Tiger Line at one time had a charter passenger division"

Actually, for it's entire life, from 1945 until 1989, Flying Tigers maintained a passenger division. After their '89 purchase of FTL, Federal Express continued to operate passenger charters until September, 1992.


User currently offlineMark_D. From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 1447 posts, RR: 5
Reply 24, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3634 times:

Yeah the "Airport Pack" I guess is the way to go, for those who haven't got any of the Airport movies DVDs yet, noticed it on the shelves in one of the downtown stores last week , and sure looks interesting (also quite reasonably-priced too, like a lot of DVD releases nowadays) :

http://www.dvdplanet.com/product_listing.asp?productid=37963&format=DVD


I guess there'll be a "non-region 1" release for it as well , sometime soon


Been many years since I've seen any of those increasingly-cheesy movies, the last three of 'em especially should be more of a laugh now, than ever.



25 SpeedbirdHeavy : I just remembered a small detail that I thought was kinda cool. When the 707 was came out of the snow, the scene cut to the view from the cockpit. I'm
26 Canadi>nBoy : SpeedbirdHeavy, funny you mention the fast turn of the B707. We watched the film a couple of hours ago and commented on the very same thing. Also, if
27 Type-rated : I watched Airport as well after not seeing it for several years. My all time favourite! That was the movie that got me my first flying lesson! I neve
28 William : Regarding the scene of the stuck aircraft accelerating,the book states the aircraft accelerated quickly after coming out of the trenches,so maybe they
29 Isitsafenow : Thats what the terminal looked like in 69, the year of filming. The best exterior shot is the very end. You see some NW planes and a Braniff one 11 ta
30 Post contains images 5T6 : I can't believe that NO ONE has commmented on THE standout performance of the entire movie....... Ada Quonsett is a HOTTIE!!!! With a heartfelt tip of
31 CanadianNorth : I still say good job on getting the aircraft right... One gets tired of watching people walk onto an L1011, taxi out in a 737, fly on a 747 and land i
32 Dan-air : Airport 1975 was waaaaaay better. Great airborne photography of the 747 in the mountains and so many baaaaad actors. Charlton Heston, the singing nun,
33 Post contains images Amhilde : 'Airplane' sort of combined a parody of the 'Airport!' movies whilst at the same time parodying ( and almost exactly copying in some parts) the movie
34 Cedarjet : I just got the Terminal Pack, with great excitement I might add. The thing that lets Airport down badly is the lack of air-to-air footage (and the moc
35 L1011 : I saw "Jet Over the Atlantic" recently on either AMC or TCM. The aircraft, if I remember correctly, was a Bristol Britannia. I also saw "Zero Hour," w
36 Marktpa : This is a classic airplane movie, one of my all time favorites. Airport 1975 was also a great flick, but the others were really cheezy, a 747 underwat
37 DL_Mech : I'm not so sure. If you watch the forward door close, you'll see that is comes inward and then closes. Most fake airliners just have a door that close
38 Post contains links FlygMolinaFmly : I'd have the agree, that is a classic movie. I have this site bookmarked. Its got a few audio clips from the movie: http://classicfilm.about.com/libra
39 Post contains links and images DL_Mech : 1) Exterior shots of people climbing up the ladder into the stuck 707- Fake Plane I just reviewed the DVD and found the following. The entry door is a
40 Dc863 : Watch Skyjacked for a shot of a real B707C turning onto the active runway extremely fast. So fast that it leaves visible tire marks. It's near the beg
41 Pacman769 : How about when the captain shuts down that annoying, know it all kid. While slowly turning the a/c back to the airport so as to not alert the bomber o
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