Okay, I know the movie was garbage, but which particular Concorde was used in "The Concorde, Airport 79"? I'm thinking it was one of the French built ones (not necessarily AF
operated), given that the film had scenes shot at Orly and near the Alps.
Airport 75 was on recently and its still a pretty fun film to watch, mainly for those really nicely done closeups with the 747 at low altitude. Knowing that Lacy helped shoot them adds to the enjoyment now (thanks 747skipper).
Airport 77 and 79 began to stretch plausibility to the breaking point, although 77 is fun for its Navy salvage operations. And frankly I want to know how they managed to shoot THAT sequence. If the bit with the 747 raising out of the water was miniature, it looked dang good. If it was full size, then that really took some serious logistical planning to pull off.
And yes, Cliff Robertson in "The Pilot" is a very good film. If its out on DVD, I want to add it to my collection. But does anyone know the history of that particular DC-8 (probably only just one again, repainted to appear as other planes). The producers seemed to have a thing in that film for having airliners named after Texas cities getting hit with bad luck.
Convair 880s have been used in movies from time to time. N817TW was repainted and used for a crash scene in the Clint Eastwood, Charlie Sheen film "The Rookie" when it was stored at Mojave (probably scrap metal now). The scene it was used in was where its wing is seen clobbering a private jet. Parts of the first Convair 880 (N801TW) without its nose (which at last check in Delta colors was, on display in Atlanta's Heritage Row) were painted in United colors and filmed extremely closeup to simulate the crash of UA232 in the TV
film "Crash Landing, the story of Flight 232". BTW, that is also a rather good TV
film based on the actual event as it has some great stars in it (Charleton Heston, James Coburn, Richard Thomas) and doesn't get caught up in goofy melodrama and side stories like what other disaster films (even ones based on actual events) have. I don't think it was ever issued on DVD, but video copies might be available.