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"Airport" 707's

Sun Feb 22, 2004 3:04 pm

Tonight on TV, I caught the last thirty minutes or so of the 1970 classic movie "Airport". Does anyone know who actually owned the two "TGA" 707's used in the movie and what ever became of them after their movie career was over? I am sure that this topic may have been discussed on this BBS in the past; however, I was unable to get the 'topic search' function to work.

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RE: "Airport" 707's

Sun Feb 22, 2004 3:10 pm

Nevermind, it looks like someone has already answered the question on a very recent post.
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RE: "Airport" 707's

Sun Feb 22, 2004 4:47 pm

Flying Tigers.

But apparently you looked that up.
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RE: "Airport" 707's

Sun Feb 22, 2004 4:51 pm

I own a copy of that movie on VHS and CED Video Disc.
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RE: "Airport" 707's

Sun Feb 22, 2004 7:31 pm

If I remember well, from reading an old production list of the 707-300s, the airplane used for the original Airport movie was a Universal Airways aircraft. I do not have that production list available at hand... Possible that the airplane was later acquired by Flying Tigers.
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RE: "Airport" 707's

Sun Feb 22, 2004 7:40 pm


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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RE: "Airport" 707's

Sun Feb 22, 2004 11:18 pm

Is "ground loop" another word for slide? How is this done? Applying more brake to just one of the main gear?
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RE: "Airport" 707's

Mon Feb 23, 2004 12:34 am

if anyone's interested the complete collection of airport DVD's was just released on feb 10, it's called the airport terminal pack and it has dvd's of "Airport", Airport 75, Airport 77, and Airport 79, I bought my copy at best buy but i'm sure it;s available at other places as well
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RE: "Airport" 707's

Mon Feb 23, 2004 2:00 am

The aircraft was owned by Flying Tigers. It doubled as the runway stricken plane and the bomb damaged one. It went on to fly for BCAL, Aer Lingus, Qantas before ending it's career with Trans Brasil. It was W/O when it crashed after take-off from Sao Paulo in 1991. It was a frieghter carrying radio equipment. It kill 12 including the flight crew.
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