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Original Airport Movie

Mon Feb 27, 2006 11:47 am

Which airport was "Airport" filmed at? I know it took place at Chicago. Also, which airline provided the aircraft for the exterior shots of the Trans Global 707's?
 
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RE: Original Airport Movie

Mon Feb 27, 2006 11:53 am

The real star of the show, the Boeing 707 (a 707-349C, serial no. 19351 [503rd 707 off the production line], originally registered N324F), was leased to MCA/Universal Pictures from Flying Tiger Line (now merged with Fedex) for the filming of the exterior shots. After filming was completed, the aircraft returned to Flying Tigers and was later sold, going through various owners before meeting a tragic end while on an approach to landing accident on 21 March 1989 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

http://imdb.com/title/tt0065377/trivia

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RE: Original Airport Movie

Mon Feb 27, 2006 12:03 pm

The Airport used in the filming of "Airport" was Minneapolis / St.Paul International Airport.

They were here late 1969 early 1970 I believe for filming.

They used airport workers as extras throughout the movie.
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RE: Original Airport Movie

Mon Feb 27, 2006 12:11 pm

The majority of the terminal is MSP, but the TGA gate is at LAX.
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RE: Original Airport Movie

Mon Feb 27, 2006 12:41 pm

I wonder why they used those locations... Yet, neither one was to be the setting... Rather intriguing  scratching 
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RE: Original Airport Movie

Mon Feb 27, 2006 8:35 pm

Quoting Steeler83 (Reply 4):
I wonder why they used those locations... Yet, neither one was to be the setting... Rather intriguing

Not really...

LAX was used because it's close to the various Hollywood studios... The TWA terminal at LAX has been used for scads of movies and TV shows over the years...

MSP was used because they were more likely to have snow, and they did. Not unlike the reason that "Die Hard II" shot at an airport up in Michigan instead of the "real" IAD, not that the folks at IAD wanted them there anyways...

Moviemakers commonly use one location and identify it as something else in the movie. Most of the time, it's not all that noticeable to the viewer, but it can be funny sometimes. One movie I saw one time identified a location as "Galveston, Texas" yet there were clearly some mountains in the background. The real Galveston and Texas coastal plain is about as flat as your kitchen table...
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RE: Original Airport Movie

Mon Feb 27, 2006 9:59 pm

Yeah, it's MSP. It's kinda cool to watch and see how much the airport has changed since then, yet still being very recognizable. Like the huge clock hanging in the check in area  Smile
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RE: Original Airport Movie

Mon Feb 27, 2006 11:41 pm

Oh, yeah, I can see that... LAX in close proximity to Hollywood, I should have known... Although there was that one time when they were filming the Temptations story. The movie took place in Detroit, but some of the scenes were filmed in Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood, as I recall.

With those all in mind. When they filmed movies like Houseguest and Only You, which both had a scene that involved PIT, did they use the actual PIT or did they use another terminal as they did for the Airport movie from 1970? I heard for Houseguest that they used LAX as well...
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RE: Original Airport Movie

Tue Feb 28, 2006 12:13 am

Quoting Newark777 (Reply 1):
The real star of the show, the Boeing 707 (a 707-349C, serial no. 19351 [503rd 707 off the production line], originally registered N324F), was leased to MCA/Universal Pictures from Flying Tiger Line

This is correct, but the aircraft had been leased to Flying Tiger by Aer Lingus. It was uised in the movie without the knowledge or consent of Aer Lingus.
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RE: Original Airport Movie

Tue Feb 28, 2006 12:24 am

Quoting OPNLguy (Reply 5):
MSP was used because they were more likely to have snow, and they did. Not unlike the reason that "Die Hard II" shot at an airport up in Michigan instead of the "real" IAD, not that the folks at IAD wanted them there anyways...

I think some of the Die Hard II interiors were filmed at LAX; one of many mistakes in that movie is the shot of Bruce Willis making a phone call from a Pacific Bell pay phone...
 
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RE: Original Airport Movie

Tue Feb 28, 2006 3:18 am

Quoting OPNLguy (Reply 5):
MSP was used because they were more likely to have snow, and they did. Not unlike the reason that "Die Hard II" shot at an airport up in Michigan instead of the "real" IAD, not that the folks at IAD wanted them there anyways...

and I was going to say they made a mistake

Quoting Abefroman329 (Reply 9):
I think some of the Die Hard II interiors were filmed at LAX; one of many mistakes in that movie is the shot of Bruce Willis making a phone call from a Pacific Bell pay phone...



Quoting Airlinebuff77 (Thread starter):
Which airport was "Airport" filmed at? I know it took place at Chicago. Also, which airline provided the aircraft for the exterior shots of the Trans Global 707's?

I always thought the movie implied ORD, that is what sticks out in my mind. Not that it would matter in a movie, but can MDW handle a 707 ? Did they see regular 707/DC8 service prior to ORD opening?
 
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RE: Original Airport Movie

Tue Feb 28, 2006 3:56 am

Quoting Airlinebuff77 (Thread starter):
Which airport was "Airport" filmed at? I know it took place at Chicago.

Actually, the film took place at "Lincoln Airport, Illinois." No specific city was mentioned, although they do hand off from "Chicago Center" just before the dramatic landing near the end.
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RE: Original Airport Movie

Tue Feb 28, 2006 4:12 am

Quoting OPNLguy (Reply 5):
Moviemakers commonly use one location and identify it as something else in the movie. Most of the time, it's not all that noticeable to the viewer, but it can be funny sometimes. One movie I saw one time identified a location as "Galveston, Texas" yet there were clearly some mountains in the background. The real Galveston and Texas coastal plain is about as flat as your kitchen table...

They do the same thing with different aircraft too... Ever seen a show where a 747 is taking off and when they show the people in the plane having a very "huddled" conference inside a Lear Jet?

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RE: Original Airport Movie

Tue Feb 28, 2006 4:20 am

Quoting LGBFltTrainer (Reply 11):
No specific city was mentioned

Not exactly.
When Capt Demerest (Dean Martin) makes his "welcome aboard" speech to the passengers, he tells them of the weather in Rome, and says, "it's a whole lot better than what we left behind in Chicago."

Quoting Vegasplanes (Reply 10):
I always thought the movie implied ORD

In the opening exterior shot, the terminal building says: "Lincoln International Airport." It is implied, as you said, but is just a fictitious mid-western airport.

Here's a question I have.
In the dramatic landing roll scene, there is a head on shot of the 707 approaching the end of the runway. Capt Harris say: "Right full rudder!" Then there is a cut to the outside, head on shot. I have noticed that the nose gear on the plane is actually skidding and throwing up a rooster tail of snow. How did they get that shot? Did they actually taxi that 707 through the snow and yank the nose gear sideways?
I know all the exterior aircraft sequences were real (on the ground anyway) but I have always been fascinated with how they managed that shot.
Any help with this one?

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RE: Original Airport Movie

Tue Feb 28, 2006 4:31 am

Quoting 777DadandJr (Reply 13):
Not exactly.
When Capt Demerest (Dean Martin) makes his "welcome aboard" speech to the passengers, he tells them of the weather in Rome, and says, "it's a whole lot better than what we left behind in Chicago."

The book is a lot more specific about it taking place in Chicago, and that the airport is supposed to be O'Hare; there are even passages discussing the airline's bus service to the airport along the Kennedy Expressway and (I think) some discussion of the areas surrounding O'Hare.
 
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RE: Original Airport Movie

Tue Feb 28, 2006 5:38 am

Joe Patroni (George Kennedy) also mentions a tractor-trailer
jack-knifed on Mannheim when he called Mel on his car phone.

I've read the novel several times and think it's better than
the movie, but the movie is one of my favorite aviation movies.

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RE: Original Airport Movie

Tue Feb 28, 2006 5:48 am

Quoting CWAFlyer (Reply 15):
Joe Patroni (George Kennedy) also mentions a tractor-trailer
jack-knifed on Mannheim when he called Mel on his car phone.

I believe that Manheim is the road which lies at the edge of O'Hare, to the east, yes?
I think my hotel was on that road.

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RE: Original Airport Movie

Tue Feb 28, 2006 5:56 am

Quoting Vegasplanes (Reply 10):
but can MDW handle a 707 ? Did they see regular 707/DC8 service prior to ORD opening?

If MDW can presently handle 757s (including TZ's 753s), then it's probably a safe assumption that it could handle 707s/DC-8s as well.

Quoting 777DadandJr (Reply 13):
Quoting LGBFltTrainer (Reply 11):
No specific city was mentioned

Not exactly.
When Capt Demerest (Dean Martin) makes his "welcome aboard" speech to the passengers, he tells them of the weather in Rome, and says, "it's a whole lot better than what we left behind in Chicago."

To add, on the letter that Mrs. Guerrero (sp.) (played by Maureen Stapleton) receives when she gets home from her job; Chicago is listed on the address of the envelope.
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RE: Original Airport Movie

Tue Feb 28, 2006 7:30 am

Quoting Sunking737 (Reply 2):
airport workers as extras

Yeah, it was MSP. One of the scenes done over by the "Trans-Global" ticket counter shows quite a few NW folks including Marie Bloomquist-----Don Nyrop's Secretary. She was a sweet lady----talk about nerves of steel!

Also lots of WA and NC folks (even Herman!).
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RE: Original Airport Movie

Tue Feb 28, 2006 10:38 am

Ah....I do stand corrected!!!
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RE: Original Airport Movie

Tue Feb 28, 2006 10:50 am

For you fans of the movie, in 2004 or 2005 Aeroclassics released a very nice little 1/400 model of N324F, complete in Trans Global markings.
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RE: Original Airport Movie

Tue Feb 28, 2006 11:12 am

Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 6):
Yeah, it's MSP. It's kinda cool to watch and see how much the airport has changed since then, yet still being very recognizable. Like the huge clock hanging in the check in area Smile

Indeed it was MSP.....I was there as a 10 year old kid watching a scene being shot with my parents and some of the actors signing autographs during the breaks. It was a pretty big deal for Minneapolis at the time.

I have the film on DVD and I never tire of watching it, especially the closing scene where Lancaster and Seberg are driving off with an orange BN Bac-111 taxing amid a plethora of red-tailed NWO birds in the background...ahhh the memories. Some critics at the time called it the world's longest Boeing commercial. Still it is the best airline movie that has come out of Hollywood date, and has set the bar so high that even some 36 years later, no other film has yet come close to matching.

Quoting Abefroman329 (Reply 9):
I think some of the Die Hard II interiors were filmed at LAX; one of many mistakes in that movie is the shot of Bruce Willis making a phone call from a Pacific Bell pay phone...

I thought I was the only person ever to catch that slip. Regardless of all of the screwups, it is still a fun flick and Bruce is fun to watch.

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RE: Original Airport Movie

Tue Feb 28, 2006 2:52 pm

Quoting Fanofjets (Reply 20):
For you fans of the movie, in 2004 or 2005 Aeroclassics released a very nice little 1/400 model of N324F, complete in Trans Global markings.

I have one of them models! Right next to my Stevens Corp. 747-100 (Hasegawa/Minicraft Pan AM 747-100 model used), and my Columbia 747-100 (same kit).

Airport is my all-time favorite movie and book. Remember in airplane! the voice-overs in the beginning were quoting lines from the book?
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RE: Original Airport Movie

Tue Feb 28, 2006 5:55 pm

Quoting PHLBOS (Reply 17):
If MDW can presently handle 757s (including TZ's 753s), then it's probably a safe assumption that it could handle 707s/DC-8s as well.

empty and with minimum fuel maybe.
 
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RE: Original Airport Movie

Tue Feb 28, 2006 9:47 pm

Quoting Thomasphoto60 (Reply 21):
I thought I was the only person ever to catch that slip. Regardless of all of the screwups, it is still a fun flick and Bruce is fun to watch.

Speaking of mistakes:
Airport
Airport 1975
Airport '77
Airport '79: The Concorde
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RE: Original Airport Movie

Sat Mar 04, 2006 1:14 pm

Quoting 777DadandJr (Reply 16):
I believe that Manheim is the road which lies at the edge of O'Hare, to the east, yes?
I think my hotel was on that road.

Correct. I stayed at a Marriott in that area a couple years ago.
 
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RE: Original Airport Movie

Sat Mar 04, 2006 1:43 pm

Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 24):
Speaking of mistakes:
Airport
Airport 1975
Airport '77
Airport '79: The Concorde

Damn, even the mistake site has errors on it. Saying in '75 that the 747 was hit by a Cessna. And then that the Barons "N" number ( that was different than the N232Z call) was on the wing!
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RE: Original Airport Movie

Sat Mar 04, 2006 2:15 pm

A friend of mine who flies for AA likes the movie, simply because it is pretty accurate,for 1970 procedures and the like. Many movies, particularly made-for-TV films have so many errors that it gets annoying.

There are two major annoyances with Airport 75. First is the fact that its an overnight flight going west. If the flight left IAD at 10 pm ET, it would probably land at LAX at around 12:30am PT.

Second, why would a flight going to LAX divert to SLC? That is a long way off the route to divert. More logical airports would have included LAS, PHX, TUS, and even ONT.

If the plane was scheduled into SFO, then a diversion to SLC would have made more sense
 
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RE: Original Airport Movie

Sat Mar 04, 2006 2:28 pm

Quoting OPNLguy (Reply 5):
Moviemakers commonly use one location and identify it as something else in the movie. Most of the time, it's not all that noticeable to the viewer, but it can be funny sometimes. One movie I saw one time identified a location as "Galveston, Texas" yet there were clearly some mountains in the background. The real Galveston and Texas coastal plain is about as flat as your kitchen table...

Yeah, you can't get hung up on what's in movies as "mistakes" when they are really just "compromises".

Ground Hog Day was not shot in Pennsylvania because it is too hilly, horrible for shooting movies like that.

Some Like it Hot was shot in San Diego, not Florida, which is pretty clear when you see the mountains in the background of many shots. And of course they hotel they are at is The Hotel Del Coronado.

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RE: Original Airport Movie

Sun Mar 05, 2006 6:18 am

Quoting NWADC9 (Reply 3):
The majority of the terminal is MSP, but the TGA gate is at LAX.

Which area at LAX are you thinking they used?.....it looks to me like the TGA gate scenes were indeed shot at MSP on the Gold Concourse.

Here's a reference map from 1975:
http://oldterminals.topcities.com/MSPmap1975.jpg

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RE: Original Airport Movie

Sun Mar 05, 2006 9:03 am

Quoting Ckfred (Reply 27):
Second, why would a flight going to LAX divert to SLC? That is a long way off the route to divert. More logical airports would have included LAS, PHX, TUS, and even ONT.

If the plane was scheduled into SFO, then a diversion to SLC would have made more sense

Because Columbia Airlines only served Los Angeles, Washington-Dulles, and Salt Lake City. They wanted to divert to an online city. Just kidding. But perhaps they did go to SLC and it is easier to divert to an online than offline city.
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RE: Original Airport Movie

Mon Mar 06, 2006 10:21 pm

Quoting MtnWest1979 (Reply 26):
Damn, even the mistake site has errors on it. Saying in '75 that the 747 was hit by a Cessna. And then that the Barons "N" number ( that was different than the N232Z call) was on the wing!
This site is as bad as the errors themselves.

Then click the Correct error button, and follow the instructions. All the errors are submitted by viewers, and some aren't as bright as others.

Quoting Tom in NO (Reply 29):
Here's a reference map from 1975:
http://oldterminals.topcities.com/MS...5.jpg

That's cool. Fun to see New Ulm Flight Service listed on the map. They are a flight school with some random charters these days  Smile
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RE: Original Airport Movie

Mon Mar 06, 2006 10:42 pm

Quoting OPNLguy (Reply 5):
MSP was used because they were more likely to have snow, and they did.

Actually, when filming, MSP was haplessly devoid of snow. The snow you see in the movie is from snow making machines like you might find at a ski-resort.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airport_%28film%29


Airport is a classic. It is basically a snapshot of what traveling was like in the golden age of the airlines in the United States. Everyone traveling was dressed in their finest and there were basically no security procedures before the flight. The procedures and protocols in the movie are very real, the one that sticks out most in my mind is the clearance given for the PAR approach to 29.

This has also been my "comfort movie" since early high school. Anytime I am sick or hungover I pop it in and fall asleep watching it, always waking up feeling better than before. It's very soothing...
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RE: Original Airport Movie

Mon Mar 06, 2006 11:12 pm

What is also fun, but you have to look very fast are for some of the "extras" as pax on board flitght 2.

From Happy Days: Marion Ross "can I get a blanket" lady
From Bewitched: Sandra Gould aka Mrs Kravitz
From Star Trek: Celia Lovsky aka T'pau

Also Lou Wagner AKA Lucius from Planet of the Apes!

http://www.louwagner.com/gallery/framgall.htm

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RE: Original Airport Movie

Tue Mar 07, 2006 3:44 am

Quoting Viv (Reply 8):



Quoting Viv (Reply 8):
This is correct, but the aircraft had been leased to Flying Tiger by Aer Lingus. It was uised in the movie without the knowledge or consent of Aer Lingus.

Sorry Viv, all wrong. Aer Lingus took delivery of the aircraft in April 1969. this was after it finished been used for the movie.
 
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RE: Original Airport Movie

Thu Mar 16, 2006 11:37 pm

Quoting ImperialEagle (Reply 18):
Also lots of WA and NC folks (even Herman

There's a shot of a NC Convair in front of their hangar in one scene
when they were trying to dig the 707 out of the mud and snow.

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