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User currently offlinePlaneguy727 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1244 posts, RR: 1
Posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2669 times:

Watching TNT in the Eastern timezone here in the US and an episode of Bones just started with a silver body US Air DC-9 near DCA (passing US Capitol) with words below it saying Dulles International Airport (in the daylight). the next shot is a person inside the airport (which was neither IAD or DCA) trying to meet the flight from GUA (which arrives at 0130 I might add)...

Just makes me giggle at how bad they are - especially on a show about forensic anthropology and crime (where details matter).

I know there are so many examples (as often discussed here)...I've decided not to get upset anymore - just going to laugh at how inaccurate TV really is...

Have fun finding more examples....


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User currently offlineBreaker1011 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 938 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2625 times:

Wow, you took the words right out of my mouth. Reminds me of my most memorable "what the heck" experience along these lines..... I'm about 10 years old, watching "The Guiding Light" with my grandmother. Roger and Hillary MUST get to Paris right away from Springfield, IL. Roger says "call the airlines." Hillary dials the phone, rushed:

"Hello, is this the airlines? Yes, I need two reservations to Paris on your next flight. (5 second pause) Ok, thank you, well be there." I swear - that was the verbatim conversation.

If that wasn't enough - in dramatic scene two scenes from that one - Roger and Hillary are welcomed "over the Atlantic" by their captain and we catch a shot of the aircraft from a spot-plane view. A good ole Douglas DC-9-10.

Wow I think I've just scared myself remembering this level of detail from a Soap. Someone please send me a couch and a good looking therapist ASAP.



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User currently offlineFlymad From South Africa, joined Jun 2006, 207 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2552 times:

Recently watched a movie or some drama on satellite (can't remember what it was) where a guy left JKF to cross the Atlantic in a 767 and the shot of them landing showed a MD-11. Talk about continuity!!

User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9595 posts, RR: 52
Reply 3, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2489 times:



Quoting Planeguy727 (Thread starter):

Just makes me giggle at how bad they are - especially on a show about forensic anthropology and crime (where details matter).

To be honest, I think you are reading just a little bit too far into that. They are pretty close with their details. Showing a plane near Washington DC and claiming that it is Dulles isn't that far fetched. I've seen shows where they'll show an Southwest Airlines 737 landing and have a caption saying something like Hong Kong. That is where things lose some details.



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User currently offlineDYflyer From Norway, joined May 2006, 676 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2359 times:

Well, i guess you can say that some of the producers of these TV-shows don't know better. A worse one, i think, is one of the episodes of "Seconds from disaster" (the one about the crash into the Potomac river). Most of the planes in the shots from "DCA" if full of planes in SAS and Braathens livery (it was shot at OSL).


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User currently offlineEXTspotter From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 992 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2347 times:

What can you say, its snowy in norway.


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User currently offlineSANMAN66 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 789 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2249 times:
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Quoting Flymad (Reply 2):
Recently watched a movie or some drama on satellite (can't remember what it was) where a guy left JKF to cross the Atlantic in a 767 and the shot of them landing showed a MD-11. Talk about continuity!!

That's called "inflight transformation".Where an aircraft takes off and magically
changes into another type of aircraft while flying. I've seen movies where 767's
take off and turn into A320's just prior to landing.Or what about those 737's
with DC-10 interiors,complete with twin aisles?
 Big grin



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User currently offlineRJFlyer0891 From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 86 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2221 times:

Anyone seen "Redeye"? The a/c they travel in morphs from a DC-10 to A320 to 737 to 767 to 757(and I think at one point a 727) from leaving the gate in MIA to arriving at the gate in DFW....all the while interior scenes are that of a widebody

User currently offlineAF1624 From France, joined Jul 2006, 657 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2219 times:

I don't remember any titles but I've seen things like this :

- one of the movies I've seen shows a 747 "in trouble" and the image of the plane in flight is CONSTANTLY the same. I mean, same spot, same timing. It just repeats itself indefinitely.

- one other movie shows a DC-10. It's a fiction movie about strange machines that eat matter (as in physical matter like atoms and stuff). There's a bunch of guys running around fleeing from the machines. They end up (of course) in an airport where the only aircraft available is ALREADY on the runway with L1 door open and stairs to climb up to the cabin. Right. So one of the guys owns a PPL (I guess) and decides to fly the plane to flee from the damn alien machines (ahah).

And there comes the dramatic scene where the machines are like 5 minutes from eating up the runway (that's too funny) and the guy keeps yelling "the engines are not hot enough ! we're not gonna make it" and you keep watching this repeated scene of the same gauge with the needle rising exactly the same way all the time. The gauge, by the way, was a 737's APU EGT temp gauge...

Evidently, the engines got "hot enough" just when the machine was about to eat the plane. What a movie... It's a shame I don't remember the title but those movies are not always the easiest reference to remember.

- another one is in a 737. The pilot says he doesn't trust the A/P and never will... Then the plane gets hit by a Cessna, it destroys the 737's elevator. The nose stays up and they just don't know how to make it go down. So they push the power of the engines to "emergency power" - which does not exist - and of course they start over-heating, so they can't keep flying like that. So they call a C135 tanker full of water instead of fuel, they open the cockpit's emergency exit (you know, the one that's in the roof of the cockpit....) and the C135 fills the front (ONLY the front, like there's a watertight separator) of the cabin with water in order to lower the nose of the aircraft.

Then there's a computer geek showing a computer animation saying that the tail of the aircraft will snap with that much pressure. The plane lands, it doesn't snap, and everyone keeps applauding like maniacs with fake laughter and that sort of things. Then the plane's constructor says something like "that's my plane I knew it would fly right" and all that... Yeah because the 737 was in fact some kind of new modern plane that had just been developed.

But then, what is the most precise movie you have ever seen when it comes to aviation ? The most realistic panel, procedures and all that ? I don't recall seeing any good movie about aviation. There's Airplane! but that's a comedy so it does not count.



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User currently offlineSAABaby From South Africa, joined Nov 2006, 28 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2205 times:

I seem to remember Nicole Kidman having to catching a direct flight from NYC to JNB on BA in "The Interpreter"......
 Yeah sure


User currently offlineSANMAN66 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 789 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2155 times:
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Quoting AF1624 (Reply 8):
Evidently, the engines got "hot enough" just when the machine was about to eat the plane. What a movie... It's a shame I don't remember the title but those movies are not always the easiest reference to remember.

Was that the Stephen King movie,"The Langoliers"? It had these brown
ball looking things with steel teeth that devoured Bangor int'l airport,and the
runway too,but the plane took off before they could eat the plane too.
I believe that plane was an L-10-11,with a corny name,"American Pride"



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User currently offlineSANMAN66 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 789 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2138 times:
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This was mentioned in another thread: The movie "Jarhead" where the marines
are arriving in Saudi Arabia on TWA 744's (which TWA never had) and the 744's
had the old, outdated,(60's era)TWA globe logo on the side.



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User currently offlineVisakow From United States of America, joined May 2006, 91 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2136 times:

Well I enjoy seeing the Eastern 727 starring in "Almost Famous" with winglets back in the mid-70's. Right plane n scheme but winglets, I think not.

User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 13, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2111 times:

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/aviation_polls/read.main/142730/

There's a thread going on in Polls & Preferences about this same topic. Enjoy our recounting of the worst of the really laughably bad!!



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User currently offlineBrianDromey From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 3920 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2100 times:



Quoting DYflyer (Reply 4):
A worse one, i think, is one of the episodes of "Seconds from disaster" (the one about the crash into the Potomac river). Most of the planes in the shots from "DCA" if full of planes in SAS and Braathens livery (it was shot at OSL).

Ive seen that, and to be fair they never explicitly stated that OSL was indeed DCA. I think OSL was probably the most appropriate to show conditions at DCA at the time, rather than ignorance. It is interesting though that all many of the "air crash investinagtion" shows seem to show an A310 interior, which ca be made twin or single aisle!

Quoting RJFlyer0891 (Reply 7):
"Redeye"? The a/c they travel in morphs from a DC-10 to A320 to 737 to 767 to 757(and I think at one point a 727) from leaving the gate in MIA to arriving at the gate in DFW....all the while interior scenes are that of a widebody

Thats the one I was thinking of! I think the aircraft gains and sheds winglets and engines at will!

Brian.



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User currently offlineZrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3164 posts, RR: 9
Reply 15, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2062 times:

Is it all that important that Hollywood spend even more $$$ to shoot every aviation scene on location? In the whole scheme of things, it really doesn't matter all that much.


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User currently offlineDAL767400ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2047 times:



Quoting SANMAN66 (Reply 10):
Was that the Stephen King movie,"The Langoliers"? It had these brown
ball looking things with steel teeth that devoured Bangor int'l airport,and the
runway too,but the plane took off before they could eat the plane too.
I believe that plane was an L-10-11,with a corny name,"American Pride"

Most definitely "The Langoliers". Cheap and unrealistic movie, but I loved it, simply because it showcased the L-1011 in all its beauty Big grin .

Quoting AF1624 (Reply 8):
- one other movie shows a DC-10.

L-1011.

Quoting AF1624 (Reply 8):
They end up (of course) in an airport where the only aircraft available is ALREADY on the runway with L1 door open and stairs to climb up to the cabin

The plane sat on the tarmac at BGR and they had pushed the stairs onto the plane after initially leaving the plane through the L-1011s emergency hatch in the cockpit.

Quoting AF1624 (Reply 8):
So one of the guys owns a PPL

Deadheading pilot  Wink .


User currently offlineArcrftLvr From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 826 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2022 times:



Quoting Flymad (Reply 2):
Recently watched a movie or some drama on satellite (can't remember what it was) where a guy left JKF to cross the Atlantic in a 767 and the shot of them landing showed a MD-11. Talk about continuity!!

The shows that are the worst with continuity are reality shows. Any number of times a cast member is picking someone up from the airport or the cast is taking a vacation and the plane they show leaving is totally different than the one landing. For example, the Las Vegas Real World cast was taking a vacation to Sydney and they show an AA MD-80 departing LAS and a WN 737 landing in 'Sydney'. The Amazing Race is terrible with continuity too.


User currently offlineSANMAN66 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 789 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1952 times:
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Quoting BrianDromey (Reply 14):
I think the aircraft gains and sheds winglets and engines at will!

Yup, it's part of the "inflight transformation"! I wish I could ride on one those magical
airplanes! I guess they transform in mid-flight to maybe give the passengers more
leg room in first class?
 Big grin



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User currently offlineFerengi80 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2007, 690 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1949 times:
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I remember watching a film a few years ago, based on a true story. It starred Robert Logia as an Air New Zealand Captain who aided a pilot of a light aircraft who was lost over the Pacific Ocean. The pilot of the light aircraft was played by Scott Bakula. Anyways, the Air New Zealand aircraft started out as a 737, then became a 747 on take off, then a DC-10. In reality, IIRC, the real incident involved a 767!


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User currently offlineEXTspotter From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 992 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1926 times:

You could say that about any film or TV show which features Aviation. It is not a main part of the story, so there is no need to make it all that realistic, we are the only ones who'll notice it.

A few years ago, there was a TV programme in the UK on Sky called Mile High, which had about 3 or 4 different aviation shots which they used over and over and over. Apart from in one episode, where one of them was flipped so right became left and left right, the paintscheme with all the noticeable bits was switched over, apart from the reg. on the gear door, which was the wrong way around. Strangely, they once said that they only flew 737s, even though in 2 of the filmclips it was 767s, which were all from BA or GO! as (I think) it was G-IGOX, IGOY and IGOZ for the 737s and G-BNW* on the 767.

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User currently offlineMYT321 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2007, 87 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1894 times:

Oh....Mile High. Still watching the re-runs. So bad, but so watchable.


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User currently offlineAF1624 From France, joined Jul 2006, 657 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1878 times:



Quoting DAL767400ER (Reply 16):



Quoting SANMAN66 (Reply 10):

Exactly, that's the one. I'm sorry I didn't remember the details. I watched it quite a while ago.

But that movie really made me laugh. "Langoliers" ahah.

Indeed, they do not eat the plane. But you don't get to see where the plane goes, after its take off. Or at least, I don't remember seeing anything after the take off. Maybe I just turned off the TV though...



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