If you ever get a chance, there is an excellent book called "Tiger Tales" it was written by a Tigers pilot, can't remember his name, and it is an anecdotal history of the Flying Tiger line.
That is the source for my comments that it was a Tiger's aircraft and Tigers operated the aircraft for the film. There is a story about them filming the final scene where Dino puts the place down, written by one of the Tiger pilots involved.
That final scene called for the plane to stop right before the end of the runway. Spotlights had been set up down the sides of the runway and had operators on them to keep the light on the aircraft so the cameras could film.
Anyway the ground crew got overzealous prepping the runway for the shot and took it down to bare metal. So when it came time to stop the airplane there was no braking action. The pilot didn't select the reversers since he was afraid of blowing over those lights with the operators on them. So right at the end he started an intentional groundloop that stopped the aircraft.
Which is why instead of stopping short of the lights, you see the aircraft do that sudden swerve at the end.
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