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What Films Feature Turbojet-Powered 707s & DC-8s?  
User currently offlineHappy-flier From Canada, joined Dec 1999, 299 posts, RR: 0
Posted (16 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2485 times:

Can anyone recommend any old films where one might see some good real action shots of the original turbojet (JT3C, JT4A) 707s and DC-8s? I have been trying to figure out ways to find out what these aircraft actually sounded like, and an old film is something that just came to mind.

Any titles would be most welcome.


May the wind be always at your back . . . except during takeoff & landing.
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User currently offlineChris From Canada, joined May 1999, 160 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (16 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2382 times:

I can think of one movie of hand that I'm pretty sure was called "The Pilot". It starred Cliff Robertson as an alcaholic pilot that tries to hide his problem. They use a couple of ex-United DC-8 20s or 30s painted in a fake airline colorscheme. It has a lot of good scenes of air to air shots as well as the usual takeoff and landings. Chris

User currently offlineTurbulence From Spain, joined Nov 1999, 963 posts, RR: 18
Reply 2, posted (16 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2370 times:

I can't think about any RELEVANT film, only AIRPORT, but it happens mainly at ORD, I think. Anyway, do not trust too much the film sound: I have heard air-to-air shots in old films, and they dubbed DC8s and 707s with... PROP SOUND!!!!
If you will to have a good impression of how D8s and 707s sounded, I suggest you to go to a good spotting point, or to any airport where you can stay at the end of the taking off runway, so where the planes overfly you just after T/O. Then you just have to wait for any Boeing 727, or the -200 issue of the 737, and you'll be able to listen to the magnificient “music” (too, good, for me, though “politically not correct” )   produced by the un-silented turbines of the earliest jet age. If you were lucky enough, you could also listen to some of the real 707 or D8, still used by some cargo companies. I suggest you to inform yourself at your airport. The movie sound has absolutely nothing to do with anything. Except if you have a specialized sound effect record and a 5-channel Dolby Sorround Pro-Logic sound system.The record is quite easy to find at any serious music shop in CD format, and CD price (or not too more expensive). They usually have one or two tracks having to do with take-offs or cruising. Maybe you're able to find a good airplane-specialized one... The sound decodifier is another (money) history.

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User currently offlineTrident From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 484 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (16 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2361 times:

How about the film "Come Fly with Me" from 1963. It's more famous now for the theme song by Frank Sinatra than the plot. It concerns three(?) stewardesses one of them played by Lois Nettleton but I can't remember much more of the story. The opening titles appear over ground shots of Rome with an Alitalia and Aer Lingus Viscount in the background. I don't think there's too much in the way of authentic aircraft noise due to Mr Sinatra's warbling.

I really miss the sound of the old "straight" turbojets. They had a kind of hollow, ghostly wail to them. The nearest I've heard today are the surviving B-52's and funnily enough, the Il-86 sounds "old fashioned" when being started up.

User currently offlineFDXmech From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3251 posts, RR: 30
Reply 4, posted (16 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2351 times:

Good pick Trident, one of my favorites. However I think the opening titles were filmed at the old Idlewild (pre JFK) airport in NY. Other locales include Paris and Vienna. A real golden age of jet transport movie, I heartily recommend it.

You're only as good as your last departure.
User currently offlineAmerican 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4641 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (16 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2351 times:

How about the movie "AIRPLANE"? Have you ever seen it?
The aircraft featured in this movie is the Boeing 707. The story is about a typical flight, flight 209, from Los Angeles to Chicago. During the flight, all pilots fall sick one after the other. Fortunately, one of the passengers who was a fighter pilot during the war agrees to take the controls of the Boeing although he had never flown one before. With the help of an airline captain at the control tower, he manages to land the aircraft in O'Hare at night in poor visibility.
A funny scene about this movie is in the cockpit just before take off when the captain reads back "Roger" on the radio, the flight engineer whose name was Roger turned his head and looked at the captain confused: "Euh..." he replies.

That's a good movie. One of the actors is Leslie Nielsen. It dates from the early 80's. Go to your nearest "Blockbuster video" and rent it if you haven't seen it. You'll enjoy it.  

Ben Soriano
Brussels Belgium

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User currently offlineMD80DRVR From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (16 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2348 times:

The film Hawaiian Style with Elvis Presley has some good shots of United DC-8s. I do not recall if there is any audio associated with the jets.

There is a great line when Elvis says he put out a fire in the galley.When asked what was on fire he replies, "A stewardess."

Sincerely, MD80DRVR

User currently offlineFanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2155 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (16 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2326 times:

One film that comes to mind is Delta Force, which stars a beautiful old JT3C-powered 120-series 707. I cannot vouch for the authenticity of the film sound, however; feature films are notorious for mixing things up when it comes to civilian airliners! Definetely worth a try, if not for the visual shots.

The aeroplane has unveiled for us the true face of the earth. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
User currently offline747-600X From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2829 posts, RR: 13
Reply 8, posted (16 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2326 times:

In 'Good Morning Vietnam' (Robin Williams!) there are a couple shots of military DC-8s, I think you see one of them do a take off, though I don't recall much about the sound. In any case, the -8 is beautiful in that movie!

User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 31
Reply 9, posted (16 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2315 times:

I'm thinking that the airport that is shown in the movie "Airport" is actually MSP (Minneapolis-St. Paul). I know the exterior terminal shots are MSP, and I think the interior shots are, as well.

Tom in NO (at MSY)

"The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina
User currently offlineTrident From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 484 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (16 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2312 times:

Unfortunately, I think all the aircraft featured in the movie "Airport" are turbofan powered variants. Incidentally, the 707 that gets bogged down in the mud and blocks the runway was owned by Flying Tigers. After filming was completed, it was sold to Aer Lingus.
Another movie that features the 707 (turbofan again) is "Skyjacked", starring James Brolin as a deranged US Army officer who hi-jacks the 'plane to Russia. The aircraft is painted as the ficticious "Global Airlines", a name which I think is actually registered to Universal Studios as it has cropped up on a number of ocasions. I think the colour scheme on the 707 in "Skyjacked" was actually that of World Airways suitably disguised.
In the movie, the 707 is intercepted by F-84 Thunderjets painted up to look like Soviet fighters.
Has anyone ever seen a British film called "Out of the Clouds" ?. It was made in the 50's, in colour, and features London Heathrow and lots of BOAC Stratocruisers and DC-7's etc. The most famous actor in it is James Robertson-Justice (the gruff surgeon in "Doctor in the House").
The other day, on TCM, (a Ted Turner cablechannel), a movie was shown called "10,000 Bedrooms". It starred Dean Martin and opened with shots of a BOAC DC-7 (G-AOIC) at Rome. It dated from the late 50's.

User currently offlineDL_mech From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 2290 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (16 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2309 times:

MSP is definitely "Lincoln International" in "Airport"--It freaked me out when I walked into that terminal. I can't think of any turbojet movies off hand, but I do know a few others. 1) "Dog Day Afternoon"-Modern Air CV-990 2) "Boeing,Boeing"-some Caravelles and 707's 3) "Beverly Hillbillies (t.v.)"- Pan AM 707's Question : What was the film where the A/C landed at DEN and there was a bomb in the pilot's flight kit?

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User currently offlineFDXmech From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3251 posts, RR: 30
Reply 12, posted (16 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2301 times:

I just remembered, the best movie that showed how loud the old engines were is to rent the film "Easy Rider". The setting is the threshhold of the runway at LAX towards the beginning of the movie with DC8's, 707's and 727's taking off and landing. If you want to hear what they used to sound like, this is must see.

You're only as good as your last departure.
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