BR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 914 times:
#4 looks like British Airways, because of the blue bottom, and Rolls-Royce Engines. Don't know what movie it played in...Errrrrrr....Thinking Thinking Thinking Thinking. It couldn't have been Air Force One....Thinking Thinking Thinking.....Oh Shit, I give up.
Heavymetal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 828 times:
L-188! You win the prize!
G-BDXC, formerly the "City of Manchester", was indeed the BA 747 that provided the backdrop to the famous "K-K-K-Ken's c-c-c-coming to k-k-k-kill me!" scene at Heathrow in the 1989 comedy A Fish Called Wanda. In fact the registration lettering on the nosewheel door features prominently right behind John Cleese's 'Archie Leach' charector as he stands in the barrel of oil.
Shortly afterwards the film ends with a BA 74 Classic lifting off, flying our heros away to their new life in south America. I'm not sure if that aircraft is G-BDXC or just another BA jumbo lifting off out of Heathrow. My copy of the movie is on tape and well worn after years of lending it out to friends.
Picky Airliner fans will point out the obvious creative license the film took with the scene....specifically, how a 747 presumably being readied to fly to Rio from London has no ground staff around it at all, certainly no one who could point out that there was a man threatening another man with a silenced gun!
And after the cabin crew allows Mr. Leach, dripping with waste oil, his seat in First Class, we see a concrete coated Otto peering into the two lovers from outside the First Class cabin......a hint of believability would be there if they were in coach and he was on the wing, but these were the days when BA 747s had permenant stepladders attached to their forward fuselages
Then again, those of us who were laughing hysterically didnt care one way or the other!
Looks like -X C is at the end of the line. Nothing but parts in her future. Still, as happy a life as a 747 could lead...long, productive, working for only one very top of the line owner....and her own moment of stardom!