Shany
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Swissair In The Argo Movie

Sat Nov 10, 2012 5:56 pm

Does anybody know, what plane really served for the escape of the US citizens? They show a 743 but I guess a DC-8 at these time would have been more realistic. A310s came later, I think? Any registration number? I also guess the Iranians didn't really find out about the operation before the plane acutally left Iranian airspace?

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RE: Swissair In The Argo Movie

Sat Nov 10, 2012 6:58 pm

Was discussed a few weeks back -

see info in:
What Equipment Did SR Use At THR In 1980? (by WA707atMSP Oct 21 2012 in Civil Aviation)

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RE: Swissair In The Argo Movie

Sat Nov 10, 2012 7:15 pm

Quoting Shany (Thread starter):
I also guess the Iranians didn't really find out about the operation before the plane acutally left Iranian airspace?

Here is the link to the original article that Affleck used as the inspiration for his movie
http://www.wired.com/magazine/2007/04/feat_cia/

As you can see, the filmmakers took considerable artistic license with the story, especially near the end of the movie.
 
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RE: Swissair In The Argo Movie

Sat Nov 10, 2012 8:11 pm

Quoting us330 (Reply 2):
As you can see, the filmmakers took considerable artistic license with the story, especially near the end of the movie.

Thank you both, so we can assume it was DC-8-62 HB-IDL taking them back. I find the true plot even more dramatic than the one shown in the movie. Guess one could have created more tension with just having to wait forever in the transit hall or by the officer going away just to come back with a cup of tea and the technical issue and so on.

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RE: Swissair In The Argo Movie

Sun Nov 11, 2012 5:26 pm

Minicraft models could come out with a model of the actual Swissair DC-8 Aargau that the six flew out on out of THR like they did with the USAF 707 that flew the rest of the embassy hostages flew out on when they were released in January 1981. But the issue would be the faux SR 747-300 used in the movie.
 
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RE: Swissair In The Argo Movie

Mon Nov 12, 2012 1:55 pm

Quoting us330 (Reply 2):
As you can see, the filmmakers took considerable artistic license with the story, especially near the end of the movie.

Artistic, yes, but it worked well. If it was "as happened" then it would've been a pretty boring story. Throwing in some tension for the characters to overcome provides for a satisfying ending.

Also, all the shots from ONT brought some tears to my eye.
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