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User currently offlineAirlinebuff77 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 35 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 5595 times:

Which airport was "Airport" filmed at? I know it took place at Chicago. Also, which airline provided the aircraft for the exterior shots of the Trans Global 707's?

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User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 30
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 5591 times:

The real star of the show, the Boeing 707 (a 707-349C, serial no. 19351 [503rd 707 off the production line], originally registered N324F), was leased to MCA/Universal Pictures from Flying Tiger Line (now merged with Fedex) for the filming of the exterior shots. After filming was completed, the aircraft returned to Flying Tigers and was later sold, going through various owners before meeting a tragic end while on an approach to landing accident on 21 March 1989 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

http://imdb.com/title/tt0065377/trivia

http://imdb.com/title/tt0065377/locations



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[Edited 2006-02-27 03:54:26]


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User currently offlineSunking737 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2038 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 5572 times:

The Airport used in the filming of "Airport" was Minneapolis / St.Paul International Airport.

They were here late 1969 early 1970 I believe for filming.

They used airport workers as extras throughout the movie.



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User currently offlineNWADC9 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4896 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 5556 times:

The majority of the terminal is MSP, but the TGA gate is at LAX.


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User currently offlineSteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9176 posts, RR: 18
Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 5524 times:

I wonder why they used those locations... Yet, neither one was to be the setting... Rather intriguing  scratching 


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User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 5471 times:

Quoting Steeler83 (Reply 4):
I wonder why they used those locations... Yet, neither one was to be the setting... Rather intriguing

Not really...

LAX was used because it's close to the various Hollywood studios... The TWA terminal at LAX has been used for scads of movies and TV shows over the years...

MSP was used because they were more likely to have snow, and they did. Not unlike the reason that "Die Hard II" shot at an airport up in Michigan instead of the "real" IAD, not that the folks at IAD wanted them there anyways...

Moviemakers commonly use one location and identify it as something else in the movie. Most of the time, it's not all that noticeable to the viewer, but it can be funny sometimes. One movie I saw one time identified a location as "Galveston, Texas" yet there were clearly some mountains in the background. The real Galveston and Texas coastal plain is about as flat as your kitchen table...


User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12213 posts, RR: 35
Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 5419 times:
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Yeah, it's MSP. It's kinda cool to watch and see how much the airport has changed since then, yet still being very recognizable. Like the huge clock hanging in the check in area  Smile


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User currently offlineSteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9176 posts, RR: 18
Reply 7, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 5369 times:

Oh, yeah, I can see that... LAX in close proximity to Hollywood, I should have known... Although there was that one time when they were filming the Temptations story. The movie took place in Detroit, but some of the scenes were filmed in Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood, as I recall.

With those all in mind. When they filmed movies like Houseguest and Only You, which both had a scene that involved PIT, did they use the actual PIT or did they use another terminal as they did for the Airport movie from 1970? I heard for Houseguest that they used LAX as well...



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User currently offlineViv From Ireland, joined May 2005, 3142 posts, RR: 29
Reply 8, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 5336 times:

Quoting Newark777 (Reply 1):
The real star of the show, the Boeing 707 (a 707-349C, serial no. 19351 [503rd 707 off the production line], originally registered N324F), was leased to MCA/Universal Pictures from Flying Tiger Line

This is correct, but the aircraft had been leased to Flying Tiger by Aer Lingus. It was uised in the movie without the knowledge or consent of Aer Lingus.



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User currently offlineAbefroman329 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 158 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 5325 times:

Quoting OPNLguy (Reply 5):
MSP was used because they were more likely to have snow, and they did. Not unlike the reason that "Die Hard II" shot at an airport up in Michigan instead of the "real" IAD, not that the folks at IAD wanted them there anyways...

I think some of the Die Hard II interiors were filmed at LAX; one of many mistakes in that movie is the shot of Bruce Willis making a phone call from a Pacific Bell pay phone...


User currently offlineVegasplanes From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 778 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 5232 times:

Quoting OPNLguy (Reply 5):
MSP was used because they were more likely to have snow, and they did. Not unlike the reason that "Die Hard II" shot at an airport up in Michigan instead of the "real" IAD, not that the folks at IAD wanted them there anyways...

and I was going to say they made a mistake

Quoting Abefroman329 (Reply 9):
I think some of the Die Hard II interiors were filmed at LAX; one of many mistakes in that movie is the shot of Bruce Willis making a phone call from a Pacific Bell pay phone...



Quoting Airlinebuff77 (Thread starter):
Which airport was "Airport" filmed at? I know it took place at Chicago. Also, which airline provided the aircraft for the exterior shots of the Trans Global 707's?

I always thought the movie implied ORD, that is what sticks out in my mind. Not that it would matter in a movie, but can MDW handle a 707 ? Did they see regular 707/DC8 service prior to ORD opening?


User currently offlineLGBFltTrainer From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 100 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 5188 times:

Quoting Airlinebuff77 (Thread starter):
Which airport was "Airport" filmed at? I know it took place at Chicago.

Actually, the film took place at "Lincoln Airport, Illinois." No specific city was mentioned, although they do hand off from "Chicago Center" just before the dramatic landing near the end.



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User currently offlineL1329II From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 5166 times:

Quoting OPNLguy (Reply 5):
Moviemakers commonly use one location and identify it as something else in the movie. Most of the time, it's not all that noticeable to the viewer, but it can be funny sometimes. One movie I saw one time identified a location as "Galveston, Texas" yet there were clearly some mountains in the background. The real Galveston and Texas coastal plain is about as flat as your kitchen table...

They do the same thing with different aircraft too... Ever seen a show where a 747 is taking off and when they show the people in the plane having a very "huddled" conference inside a Lear Jet?

Gotta love Hollywood!


User currently offline777DadandJr From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1516 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 5153 times:

Quoting LGBFltTrainer (Reply 11):
No specific city was mentioned

Not exactly.
When Capt Demerest (Dean Martin) makes his "welcome aboard" speech to the passengers, he tells them of the weather in Rome, and says, "it's a whole lot better than what we left behind in Chicago."

Quoting Vegasplanes (Reply 10):
I always thought the movie implied ORD

In the opening exterior shot, the terminal building says: "Lincoln International Airport." It is implied, as you said, but is just a fictitious mid-western airport.

Here's a question I have.
In the dramatic landing roll scene, there is a head on shot of the 707 approaching the end of the runway. Capt Harris say: "Right full rudder!" Then there is a cut to the outside, head on shot. I have noticed that the nose gear on the plane is actually skidding and throwing up a rooster tail of snow. How did they get that shot? Did they actually taxi that 707 through the snow and yank the nose gear sideways?
I know all the exterior aircraft sequences were real (on the ground anyway) but I have always been fascinated with how they managed that shot.
Any help with this one?

Russ



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User currently offlineAbefroman329 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 158 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 5135 times:

Quoting 777DadandJr (Reply 13):
Not exactly.
When Capt Demerest (Dean Martin) makes his "welcome aboard" speech to the passengers, he tells them of the weather in Rome, and says, "it's a whole lot better than what we left behind in Chicago."

The book is a lot more specific about it taking place in Chicago, and that the airport is supposed to be O'Hare; there are even passages discussing the airline's bus service to the airport along the Kennedy Expressway and (I think) some discussion of the areas surrounding O'Hare.


User currently offlineCWAFlyer From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 666 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 5087 times:

Joe Patroni (George Kennedy) also mentions a tractor-trailer
jack-knifed on Mannheim when he called Mel on his car phone.

I've read the novel several times and think it's better than
the movie, but the movie is one of my favorite aviation movies.

[Edited 2006-02-27 21:45:34]

User currently offline777DadandJr From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1516 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 5066 times:

Quoting CWAFlyer (Reply 15):
Joe Patroni (George Kennedy) also mentions a tractor-trailer
jack-knifed on Mannheim when he called Mel on his car phone.

I believe that Manheim is the road which lies at the edge of O'Hare, to the east, yes?
I think my hotel was on that road.

Russ



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User currently offlinePHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7509 posts, RR: 24
Reply 17, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 5059 times:

Quoting Vegasplanes (Reply 10):
but can MDW handle a 707 ? Did they see regular 707/DC8 service prior to ORD opening?

If MDW can presently handle 757s (including TZ's 753s), then it's probably a safe assumption that it could handle 707s/DC-8s as well.

Quoting 777DadandJr (Reply 13):
Quoting LGBFltTrainer (Reply 11):
No specific city was mentioned

Not exactly.
When Capt Demerest (Dean Martin) makes his "welcome aboard" speech to the passengers, he tells them of the weather in Rome, and says, "it's a whole lot better than what we left behind in Chicago."

To add, on the letter that Mrs. Guerrero (sp.) (played by Maureen Stapleton) receives when she gets home from her job; Chicago is listed on the address of the envelope.



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User currently offlineImperialEagle From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2483 posts, RR: 23
Reply 18, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 5011 times:
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Quoting Sunking737 (Reply 2):
airport workers as extras

Yeah, it was MSP. One of the scenes done over by the "Trans-Global" ticket counter shows quite a few NW folks including Marie Bloomquist-----Don Nyrop's Secretary. She was a sweet lady----talk about nerves of steel!

Also lots of WA and NC folks (even Herman!).



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User currently offlineLGBFltTrainer From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 100 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 4951 times:

Ah....I do stand corrected!!!


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User currently offlineFanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1960 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 4934 times:

For you fans of the movie, in 2004 or 2005 Aeroclassics released a very nice little 1/400 model of N324F, complete in Trans Global markings.


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User currently offlineThomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3922 posts, RR: 23
Reply 21, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 4902 times:

Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 6):
Yeah, it's MSP. It's kinda cool to watch and see how much the airport has changed since then, yet still being very recognizable. Like the huge clock hanging in the check in area Smile

Indeed it was MSP.....I was there as a 10 year old kid watching a scene being shot with my parents and some of the actors signing autographs during the breaks. It was a pretty big deal for Minneapolis at the time.

I have the film on DVD and I never tire of watching it, especially the closing scene where Lancaster and Seberg are driving off with an orange BN Bac-111 taxing amid a plethora of red-tailed NWO birds in the background...ahhh the memories. Some critics at the time called it the world's longest Boeing commercial. Still it is the best airline movie that has come out of Hollywood date, and has set the bar so high that even some 36 years later, no other film has yet come close to matching.

Quoting Abefroman329 (Reply 9):
I think some of the Die Hard II interiors were filmed at LAX; one of many mistakes in that movie is the shot of Bruce Willis making a phone call from a Pacific Bell pay phone...

I thought I was the only person ever to catch that slip. Regardless of all of the screwups, it is still a fun flick and Bruce is fun to watch.

Thomas



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User currently offlineWesternA318 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 5647 posts, RR: 24
Reply 22, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 4814 times:

Quoting Fanofjets (Reply 20):
For you fans of the movie, in 2004 or 2005 Aeroclassics released a very nice little 1/400 model of N324F, complete in Trans Global markings.

I have one of them models! Right next to my Stevens Corp. 747-100 (Hasegawa/Minicraft Pan AM 747-100 model used), and my Columbia 747-100 (same kit).

Airport is my all-time favorite movie and book. Remember in airplane! the voice-overs in the beginning were quoting lines from the book?



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User currently offlineN867BX From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 339 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 4749 times:

Quoting PHLBOS (Reply 17):
If MDW can presently handle 757s (including TZ's 753s), then it's probably a safe assumption that it could handle 707s/DC-8s as well.

empty and with minimum fuel maybe.


User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12213 posts, RR: 35
Reply 24, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 4698 times:
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Quoting Thomasphoto60 (Reply 21):
I thought I was the only person ever to catch that slip. Regardless of all of the screwups, it is still a fun flick and Bruce is fun to watch.

Speaking of mistakes:
Airport
Airport 1975
Airport '77
Airport '79: The Concorde



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25 CWAFlyer : Correct. I stayed at a Marriott in that area a couple years ago.
26 MtnWest1979 : Damn, even the mistake site has errors on it. Saying in '75 that the 747 was hit by a Cessna. And then that the Barons "N" number ( that was differen
27 Ckfred : A friend of mine who flies for AA likes the movie, simply because it is pretty accurate,for 1970 procedures and the like. Many movies, particularly ma
28 Post contains images Ikramerica : Yeah, you can't get hung up on what's in movies as "mistakes" when they are really just "compromises". Ground Hog Day was not shot in Pennsylvania be
29 Post contains links Tom in NO : Which area at LAX are you thinking they used?.....it looks to me like the TGA gate scenes were indeed shot at MSP on the Gold Concourse. Here's a ref
30 MtnWest1979 : Because Columbia Airlines only served Los Angeles, Washington-Dulles, and Salt Lake City. They wanted to divert to an online city. Just kidding. But
31 Post contains images KaiGywer : Then click the Correct error button, and follow the instructions. All the errors are submitted by viewers, and some aren't as bright as others. " tar
32 Post contains links Planespotting : Actually, when filming, MSP was haplessly devoid of snow. The snow you see in the movie is from snow making machines like you might find at a ski-res
33 Post contains links Dtwclipper : What is also fun, but you have to look very fast are for some of the "extras" as pax on board flitght 2. From Happy Days: Marion Ross "can I get a bla
34 Penpusher : Sorry Viv, all wrong. Aer Lingus took delivery of the aircraft in April 1969. this was after it finished been used for the movie.
35 CWAFlyer : There's a shot of a NC Convair in front of their hangar in one scene when they were trying to dig the 707 out of the mud and snow.
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