Ryefly
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Eastern Airlines In "Almost Famous"

Thu Sep 28, 2000 2:57 pm

I saw that movie "Almost Famous" tonight. In one scene they show a very close up shot of a Eastern Airlines plane. Even though they don't show the whole plane it has to be a 727. It was freashly painted and looked brand new. I was so happy to see them again even if it was only a minute or two. If you see it look closely there is winglets on it. Does anyone know where they got this plane from? Or has anyone seen it in person? I would love to see a picture of it.
Thanks

P.S. The movie was very good!
 
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RE: Eastern Airlines In

Thu Sep 28, 2000 3:26 pm

Great Movie indeed! A little continuity problem with the winglets as the movie took place in the 70's, but I'll forgive them. Rex Reed might not.

What was the plane that the band flew in?
 
Ryefly
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RE: Eastern Airlines In

Fri Sep 29, 2000 6:39 am

Not sure about the name of the plane the band flew in either.

Who all has winglets on there 727's that they could have borrowed this plane from. ALl I can think of is Pan Am and Delta tried it out for a while.
 
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RE: Eastern Airlines In "Almost Famous"

Fri Sep 29, 2000 7:09 am

Don't Pan Am's 727's have winglets?
 
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RE: Eastern Airlines In "Almost Famous"

Fri Sep 29, 2000 7:12 am

BTW something that is out of place time wise in a film is not a continuity problem, just an inaccuracy. Continuity refers to when something is one way in one shot or scene, and then changes in the next.
 
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RE: Eastern Airlines In "Almost Famous"

Fri Sep 29, 2000 8:03 am

Royal Aviation of Canada also operates/ operated (?) at least one 727 with winglets.
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lax2000
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RE: Eastern Airlines In "Almost Famous"

Fri Sep 29, 2000 8:39 am

How about the PSA FA uniforms. I thought those were pretty impressive. I was impressed with the amount of detail someone put into the aviation sequences. What route would he have flown on Eastern to SAN or was he going to SFO to meet with Ben Von Torres from Rolling Stone at that point. Either way I think he should have been on B720.

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RE: Eastern Airlines In "Almost Famous"

Fri Sep 29, 2000 8:44 am

Oh yeah, can any one guess what band Sweet Water was based on. It was a hybrid of a few bands but I'm looking for the band that was Cameron's first assignment.

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RE: Eastern Airlines In "Almost Famous"

Fri Sep 29, 2000 11:05 am

Sunworld also flies a 727 with winglets. It's a beaut.

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RE: Eastern Airlines In

Sat Sep 30, 2000 5:44 pm

Actually it was the "Penny Lane" character who was aboard the EA 727. I think it was her long-planned trip to Morocco, though, of course, a connecting flight as 727's didn't make the long haul overseas.

As for the band represented by "Stillwater" Crowe has indicated that it is an amalgam of the bands he covered, including, but not limited to: Poco, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Eagles, Almann Bros., Led Zeppelin. In fact a few of the great lines from the movie were directly lifted from actual incidents.

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>Crowe also said that the incident aboard the turboprop airplane was also based on an actual incident. I'm not certain, but it may have been Heart, which makes sense as Cameron Crowe is married to Nancy Wilson of Heart.

Also the credits list a PSA co-pilot, who you'll recall had a few lines in the near-crash incident, so consult their livery from 1973 to find out what kind of craft it is.
 
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RE: Eastern Airlines In "Almost Famous"

Sat Sep 30, 2000 5:50 pm

Of course the second after I posted the last message, I remembered that William Miller's sister was a FA for PSA, so that wasn't PSA that they were flying during the scene aboard the airplane.

To answer Lax2000: I believe "Poco" was CC's first assignment.
 
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RE: Eastern Airlines In

Sun Oct 01, 2000 4:26 pm

I was looking in my planespotters' book and as near as I can tell, the small twin that figures prominently into the storyline (not the EA 727) is a Beech 18 (or C-45). Anyone else seen this movie who can confirm or deny that?
 
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RE: Eastern Airlines In

Sun Oct 01, 2000 6:18 pm


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Thanks L1011Ken! I think you got it.

 
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RE: Eastern Airlines In "Almost Famous"

Mon Oct 02, 2000 4:04 am

Penny Lane was going back to SAN on EA after her overdose on Quaaludes at the Plaza in NY. They only show her getting her ticket to MOrocco at the end.

Great movie.
 
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RE: Eastern Airlines In "Almost Famous"

Mon Oct 02, 2000 4:59 pm

Thanks "Jomama", you're right, you'd think after having seen the film twice, I'd have remembered that.

And now that I've seen Cp666's picture post, I'm no longer certain I was right, because I don't think the plane Stillwater took was a taildragger. Of course I've been wrong before.