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"Transformers" Air Force One Continuity Error

Tue Jul 03, 2007 3:05 pm

Nitpicking Alert! Nitpicking Alert!

It appears that in the new "Transformers" movie (which simply kicks all kinds of ass) there is a continuity error concerning Air Force One. Granted the movie is about extra-terrestrial mechanical transforming aliens - but putting that aside for a moment - Air Force One changes aircraft types during the film.

In the establishing shot of Air Force One in flight, it is the normal 747 that we're used to seeing whenever it is portrayed on screen:

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We then see several sequences inside the plane before it is forced to land. Upon landing it it surrounded by police, FBI, NTSB etc. In that shot, it has changed (transformed?) into the classic Kennedy / Johnson era 707 Air Force One:

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The engines are a dead giveaway. You can only see from mid-wing to the tail onscreen but it is definately a 707. Just thought it deserved a mention. Look for it if you go see the movie.

BTW, I HIGHLY recommend it. The special effects are astounding, excellent story and it's funny too.  twocents 

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RE: "Transformers" Air Force One Continuity Error

Tue Jul 03, 2007 3:11 pm

Yeah, I caught that one too... I need to get a life.

Anyway, I concur. GREAT film. It's actually got meat this one.
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RE: "Transformers" Air Force One Continuity Error

Tue Jul 03, 2007 3:54 pm

More Transformers discussions in the Non-Aviation Forum. Transformers - The Movie (by Springbok747 Jun 29 2007 in Non Aviation)
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RE: "Transformers" Air Force One Continuity Error

Tue Jul 03, 2007 4:50 pm

Didn't you know? Air Force One is also a transformer!

But kidding aside, there are many films, where aircraft types changes during the plot. There are often some idiots with no clue about aircrafts, who search the best looking shots of aircrafts, but don't care about (in their eyes) something so unimportant like aircraft types. But it doesn't matter, because 99.7% of the viewers don't notice the errors.


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RE: "Transformers" Air Force One Continuity Error

Wed Jul 04, 2007 3:12 am

If you've ever watched the "Amazing Race" TV series, they've often showed multiple aircraft types to represent a flight from one location to the next. Often, it even involves footage with airlines or aircraft that don't even fly between the destinations at hand and certainly don't represent the airlines where the tickets were procured; probably for advertizing/product-placement purposes.
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RE: "Transformers" Air Force One Continuity Error

Wed Jul 04, 2007 4:48 am

I'll keep an eye out for it. I'm sure it's pretty obvious to us A.netters but the average person would have no idea that there was a switch. I'm happy that they were at least smart enough to only show the VC-137B from the wings back. That at least minimizes the discrepancy. I've seen many much more blatent errors.
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RE: "Transformers" Air Force One Continuity Error

Thu Jul 05, 2007 3:58 am

I noticed the engines too. Then there was also the main landing gears, only 2 sets instead of the usual 4 on 747s.

Movie was great and everyone had a good laugh.
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RE: "Transformers" Air Force One Continuity Error

Thu Jul 05, 2007 5:35 am

I saw that too! I can not even go to a movie without spotting something!
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RE: "Transformers" Air Force One Continuity Error

Thu Jul 05, 2007 12:18 pm

The boom was a dead giveaway, it's a 135E. Most of the movie was filmed at Edwards, so whatever 135E they have painted in that scheme. I particularly enjoyed how Qatar had mountains (you'd understand if you've been there Big grin). I have a few other nit picks, but they don't belong in the aviation forums. It still was a great movie in my opinion.

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RE: "Transformers" Air Force One Continuity Error

Tue Aug 14, 2007 1:06 am

I caught it as well. Actually if you look closely beneath the tail you will see a refueling boom.
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