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Airplanes On TV: Mistakes.  
User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11963 posts, RR: 41
Posted (15 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3131 times:

Hello everybody.

This is something just about all of us have experienced. You are watching a movie or a television-series where a plane is involved. All of a sudden,the plane you were watching is a different type. I'll give you an example:

On an episode of the series "Martial Law" Some of the actors were flying in a plane carrying prisoners to a jail. From the outside you can clearly see that the plane is a Boeing 737. They show the outside shot of the 737 several times. BUT, when they have landed they come walking out of what appears to be a SUD Caravelle. Hmmmm. You don't have to be an aviation expert to see that it isn't the same plane.

Have you seen a similar incident?

Hope to get some replies.


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User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (15 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2944 times:

In "Top Gun" the movie (yes I know it's military)" they show a shot of an aircraft with "515" painted on its flaps, waiting on the cat of CVN-65 (enterprise) That aircraft is a KA-6D, they then show a shot of that aircraft taking off, and it becomes an F-14.

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User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (15 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2909 times:

I might add that its not readily noticeable to anyone who doesn't know anythign about military aviation, but it stands out a lot to me.

There are many mistakes in movies where they say it's one type, but really it's another.

Iron Eagle- MIG-23's are actually IAI Kfir, USAF F-16's are actually IAF F-16's

Top Gun- No such things as MIG-28's, they are actually T-38's

The Right Stuff- The NF-104 is an F-104 (subtle difference between the two)


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User currently offlineSushka From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 4784 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (15 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2910 times:

I saw some dumb movie about an airline pilot. First they showed the crew standing by a 737, United I think
then when they took off it all of the sudden became an Air Canada 767!!! Durning the end of the film
the captain announced that it was a Gallant something
(There is no such company as Gallant) but it ended up a 757.


Pershoyu Spravoyu Litaki!
User currently offlineJetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (15 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2901 times:

Somewhat aviation related, in those Bruce Willis Die Hard movies, the number 2 sequal, he is supposed to be at one of the Wash DC airports. Notice the company name on one of the pay-phones he gets on...Pacific Bell. DOH!

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User currently offlineRIX From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 1895 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (15 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2882 times:

Two Soviet movies: in one of them there is a Tu134 outside (actually a model) but Il18 inside; in another they show Il86 interior but a Western-built twin from outside (I think it was Air Inter Mercure). Another very annoying thing (not in these two movies, but in general) - the cabin is SILENT, with NO engine noise!

User currently offlineModesto2 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2893 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (15 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2875 times:

In "Top Gun", Maverick loses an both engines. His number 2 engine flames out first but he calls it engine 1. Then, the left engine goes and he calls it engine 2! That really got me going!

User currently offline9A-CRO From Croatia, joined Jun 2000, 1574 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (15 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2860 times:

this is military but you'll forgive me:
In Rambo III Mil Mi-24 is actually Stallion with "wings"
also there appears that SOviet AF used Bell Cobras against Afghanistan

there was a nice line in Passenger 57 (I'm not sure if it is the right title, it was translated to Croatian)
Lockheed Tristar lands on small GA airport and when it overflies
city sherrif says:
"The biggest d*mn Cessna I've ever seen" (of course the intonation was like a joke)

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User currently offlineExPratt From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 311 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (15 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2859 times:

Some additional discrepancies in the movie Top Gun:

When Iceman's and Slider's F14 got shot up initially, he shut down one of the engines. But then when the airplane got shot up again, Slider called out that both engines were functioning.

After the shootem up with the Migs when the CO approached Maverick to offer him his choice of duty stations, the locker next to Maverick's was marked Goose.

All in all, it was a cool movie.

User currently offlineNKP S2 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1714 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (15 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2847 times:

Some generalities: 1) Cockpits are made to appear much roomier than they actually are, while they are in most cases quite cramped. 2) Too quiet interior sound levels. 3) Very obvious use of various footage...and often aircraft types...to represent a single flight. 4) The use of aviation jargon layed on too thick...or conversely...far too rudimentary with the very obvious things that are usually left unsaid explicitly stated.

User currently offlineTrintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3297 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (15 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2841 times:

In the movie MI-2, the opening scenes show a 747-400 flying (winglets are visible) but the cockpit views during the hijacking show a crew of 3! 744's major advance, of course, is the 2-crew cockpit.


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User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11963 posts, RR: 41
Reply 11, posted (15 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2811 times:

In one movie I once saw (Cant remember the name.) some people were discussing and showing some pictures of private jets. Some of the planes mentioned were Learjet, Gulfstream, and a Cessna Skylane. ??????

I had no idea that the Skylane was a privat jet. The picture was actually showing a Cessna Citation, which is probably what they meant to say.  

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User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 25337 posts, RR: 54
Reply 12, posted (15 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2801 times:

In the Foo Fighters music video for "learn to fly", they show 1 of the band looking at a 767 safety card, when the a/c takes off its a 737-200 and when it lands its obviously a 727-200.

When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11963 posts, RR: 41
Reply 13, posted (15 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2802 times:

This honestly has very little to do with my topic, but anyway I just have to ask.  

1. Have you seen U2's latest music video? (Don't worry I'll get to the point.)

2. How many times is an aircraft shown?

3. And how many different types of aircrafts can be seen during the music video?

Tough questions indeed. Does anyone have any answers?


"If guns don't kill people, people kill people - does that mean toasters don't toast toast, toast toast toast?"
User currently offlineAn-225 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 3952 posts, RR: 36
Reply 14, posted (15 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2757 times:

In Mission to Moscow (Police Academy 7), they fly in Il-62, and come out on the ground from Il-86. Screw ups everywhere!

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User currently offlineKLm-md-11 From Canada, joined Mar 2000, 133 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (15 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2755 times:

The made for TV movie, Nowhere to Land, shows the 747 as a 742, but in the cockpit there's only a 2 man crew!

User currently offlineLH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 53
Reply 16, posted (15 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2742 times:

This is going to be juvenile and pathetic, but has anyone seen Home Alone  

In the first one the show the family running to a gate to catch a flight to Paris. The plane is an American DC-10! The interior seems to be the first class of an American DC-10. OK, so far! When they show the plane landing in Paris, it's an American 757! Then the mother gets on a flight to DFW, on an MD-80  So you can see there will always be discrepancies, but some are so far fetched, but honestly, 11 hours in an MD-80, ORY-DFW, talk about OUCH  


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User currently offlineKonaB777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (15 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2742 times:

The thing I hate the most, that happens in nearly every movie, is on the outside it is a 747-100 or -200, and the cockpit & interior is a -400.

User currently offlineBA744G-BNLN From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (15 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2734 times:

In the movie "The Wedding Singer" Adam Sandler is shown sitting in fron of a stairwell to an upper floor during flight. When they show the outside of the plane, it is a DC-10!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I wish those film editors could actually learn a few things about what they are editing!

User currently offlineJmacias34 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 380 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (15 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2729 times:

On an episode of Rosanne the family takes a trip to Hawaii, now there are a breife 3 seconds when a B737 is shown flying. There are a few problems: A) I don't know of many 737's from North America flown to Hawaii, B) the seat config was 3-3-3.
Joe Macias

User currently offlineBoeing747-400 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (15 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2729 times:

Aloha flys their 737-700s from OAK-HNL

On the TV film "Nowwhere to Land", all it was was footage from Executive Decsiion. During the take-off, the plane still had the hole in the fuselage from Executive Decsision!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

User currently offlineCaribb From Canada, joined Nov 1999, 1649 posts, RR: 7
Reply 21, posted (15 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2727 times:

In the movie French Kiss they show a flight from Toronto to Paris using an Air Canada A320.... I'll give them points for at least getting Air Canada correct.

User currently offlineAio86 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 929 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (15 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2726 times:

Ok not necessarily what you are all talking about but when you see planes at airports that you know where filmed in Hollywood at LAX and are shown at Dallas or Chicago. There was some airplane movie I saw on USA network where they are in Pheonix and it shows a Qantas 744 taking off just as a Cathay Pacific 744 is landing and there is a United widebody along with some European airline that only goes into NYC. You can tell that they are messing up but I guess they don't care, or think that we will care. Also another question. I was watching CNN today (11-7, Pacific Time) and there was a paine webber comercial of all the things they have for buisness people around the world and it was at the airport. I saw an Ansett A320 taking off. Why would they have this filmed in Australia (or Indonesia)? Aren't they based in the USA? Are they Australian? OK just a question out of curiousity. You can reply if you have any knowledge.

User currently offlineFanoftristars From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1657 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (15 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2695 times:

I am surprised nobody said Tommy Boy. When they are boarding the plane to Chicago, they show an L-1011. When they are shown taxiing (just before tommy's safety schpill), they show a 747 landing gear (The four sets of main gear) While in the air, they are filming a 767 2-3-2 layout and lavatory configuration.

User currently offlineBig777jet From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (15 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2698 times:

I have seen a hundred of times some other movies I don't remember name of it. There are too many old movies in the past! I noticed many of them change picture two or more different type of aircrafts! A lot of people don't know what type aircraft is it! I asked my worker while we were outside. I point the plane was approach, what kind of aircraft do you think is it? He said, oh umm, that's 747. I said nope! It's 727! See this, that's why many people don't know what kind of the plane! Same thing, movie makers are not know about this.


25 Post contains images Thom@s : First of all I'd like to thank everyone who have shared this with the rest of us. Secondly, I saw the movie "Air Force One" not to long ago. The plane
26 Post contains images Airmale : YES! and its so annoying
27 Raggi : Thom@s.. I have been on the upper deck of a BA 742, flew ORD- LHR last summer..I was surprised how roomy the upper deck was, but I haven`t flown on a
28 USAFHummer : In the movie "The in-laws" (an oldie from the early 80's, they show Alan Arkin getting into a Lear 23, Once the plane takes off, the inflight shots sh
29 L'espace18 : I also saw a movie where I saw an aircraft with fire on the wing, and on the wing there was an engine. then the aircraft landed and it was a caravelle
30 SA-JET : I just vinished watching the movie L'espace1 was refering to "On a Wing and a Prayer" one of the worst aerplane movies EVER made. Useless pilots, usel
31 B727-200 : Speaking of "Nowwhere to land", I was also impressed how they extended the range of a B747-200 to fly LAX-SYD non-stop???? My top-ten hates of movies
32 NorthStarDC4M : Ok well this might be a little off topic but here goes: Anytime a book with planes has been remade into a movie, they screwed it up: good examples: Jo
33 KLm-md-11 : Actually, in the John Nance book Medusa's Child, it is a 737..
34 RyeFly : I don't understand why movies and tv shows can't get anything right when it comes to airplanes. It think its a inside joke or something. Just about ev
35 Woody : In the book "Medusa's Child" the plane is a 727. Near the end they talk about how a 737 was able to land on an aircraft carrier and the captain though
36 JetService : Not a screw-up per se, but perhaps a bad decision: On airline TV advertisements, they always show the company's biggest plane flying gracefully above
37 Post contains images Thom@s : JetService--- Here in Norway, the airline comercials 99% of the time never even show an aircraft at all. In the newest comercials for Braathens and SA
38 Alitis : Recently saw a movie that showed a B707 in the clouds and the soundtrack was that of a propeller plane!
39 L'espace18 : every time I see a movie inside the plane, there is always a nice, soft sound... Excuse me, but on 747, this sound is so noisy and annoying !
40 Post contains links and images Fanoftristars : Raggi: The reason that they show a 742 in "Air Force One" with a 744 flight deck is because Air Force One has the upgraded flight deck, along with oth
41 L_188 : The Iron Eagle series where classics for aircraft screw ups. #1 used Kfir fighters for the migs! #2 The migs to begin with, as already had been mentio
42 Ceilidh : I'm surprised no-one mentioned Turbulence (1 and 2) - the exterior shots are of an old JAL 747-100, which miraculously becomes a -400 when the interio
43 Trident : Very few movie or TV companies make any serious attempt to be accurate in their portrayal of aircraft scenes. There are all sorts of reasons for this,
44 Superfly : The movie 'The Brady Bunch-Hawaiian Adventure' showed them flying from Los Angelas to Honolulu on a Hawaiian Airlines DC-9! The interior was a widebod
45 L-188 : Was the Battle of Britain the movie where the substituded Casa 2109(Me-109's with merlin engines) for RAF Spitfires? And then they had them scramble t
46 Trident : Aircraft used in "Battle of Britain" Spitfires were used as Spitfires although none were Mk1's as was used in 1940. Some were Griffon engined versions
47 Wannabe : On the Discovery Channels 1 hour show on the Boeing 777, they showcase an AA flight from Dallas to London. The takeoff and landing shots show mountain
48 Post contains images Thom@s : What is this 777 program called, and when is it on? Thom@s
49 9A-CRO : I saw ine american movie called: "If it is tuesday we are in Belgium" (I'm not quite sure but this was translation) well tourist group landed at Heath
50 Bombstar : I believe the show is called flightpath and it comes on the discovery channel sometime around 3:00 EST
51 Post contains images Thom@s : Thanks Bombstar, I'm gonna tape it and place it with the other 777 documentary I've taped. Cheers Thom@s
52 RIX : Trident, you wrote about inaccuracies in "Battle of Britain". How would you like most of the Soviet movies about WWII where almost all fighters (at le
53 RiceRocket : Did anyone see that NBC trash 'Titans' two weeks ago? Great shot of two of the characters flying from LA to San Diego in a biz jet of some sort. Pilo
54 Dash80 : Alitis: The movie you watched was probably Airplane! The prop sound was supposed to be there--as a joke!
55 Trident : About 5 years ago Channel 4 showed a documentary on the design, development and first test flights of the 777 called "21st Century Jet". I think it wa
56 CXA330-342 : I am not sure if it is a movie or a show, but just two nights ago I was watching Fox Family and what I saw was so pathetic, I couldn't help but laugh.
57 Pablo : dont be so critical, it costs alot of money to run those shows
58 Victor Hotel : I was watching a movie the other night I just turned the tv on and saw half of it I dont know what movie it was. But on the plane someone was infected
59 Tristar86 : Turbulence @: it takes place on a 747-200 for a fictional airline(TCA) anyway at the end of the movie it is an alaska air 737. Far cry from a 747. Tho
60 KonaB777 : There are a number of incidents on "Falling from the sky", the movie about the Air Canada 767 that ran out of fuel. When they are testing the fuel at
61 DIA77 : I'm not sure if anyone mentioned this one, but in the new movie "Meet the Parents", they show a 747 landing, but the airport is LGA.
62 Post contains images Thom@s : Trident---Thats the other 777 program I've got. Great show that. CXA330-342---I also saw a movie called "Free Fall", but as far as I can remember, the
63 Sdate747 : The Sandra Bullock/Ben Afflect movie "Forces of Nature" has them at a NYC airport (LaGuardia, JFK or Newark) but they are most certainly at Washignton
64 B744 : Do you remember the episode of FRIENDS when they went to Las Vegas? New York to LAS on a Virgin Atlantic 747!
65 Thom@s : Speaking of "Friends", Howcome they allways fly with Virgin? Could it have something to do with the fact that Richard Branson (Virgin owner) appeared
66 An-225 : Let's just say that AirForce One is the dumbest movie that ever appeared on this planet - completely stereotypical cliche's, and the fact that they sc
67 Scaredflyer21 : In Charlies Angels they show a 737 outside and then in the cabin it has 2 ailes
68 ATL Traveller : In "The Usual Suspects" there's a scene where a plane flying toward the camera has four engines. As they show it landing from behind, it has mysteriou
69 Nasmal : they flew virgin for advertisments that make money for the show
70 Post contains images Thom@s : In Austin Powers (the first movie) the female actress tels him his private jet has been kept just as he left it in 1969. Later in the movie, they fly
71 Kindalazy : saturday night on HBO, the new movie about Aurturo Sandoval showed him landing on a 707 or dc-8 (only time to see 4 engines, narrow body, no winglets)
72 B744 : The Austin Powers plane was a -100/200 and just a computer generated model.
73 Post contains images Thom@s : OK. My mistake. Thom@s
74 Post contains images Christianbothe : In East Germany there was a TV series about pilots flying for the state's airline Interflug. I happened to see only two episodes, but concerning the p
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