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"Cast Away" FedEx Plane

Fri Jan 05, 2001 1:57 am

Does anyone know what type of FedEx plane cockpit is featured in the new Tom Hanks film "Cast Away". One shot shows a closeup of the LCD radar display. BTW - if you have not seen it yet, the plane crash sequence is quite spectacular (movie only so-so IMHO)
 
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RE: "Cast Away" FedEx Plane

Fri Jan 05, 2001 3:05 am

it was a md-11 flightdeck...but it shows him walking to a airbus in the movie.
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RE: "Cast Away" FedEx Plane

Fri Jan 05, 2001 3:21 am

Airbus, Boeing, Lear, -it's all the same to Hollywood.
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RE: "Cast Away" FedEx Plane

Fri Jan 05, 2001 5:28 am

We've discussed this at length before, and this seems to be the general consensus-
The movie never *shows* him boarding the A300, it's just in the background. Besides, how's a 300 going to go from Memphis to Malaysia?
The plane that crashes in the ocean is either a DC-10 or MD-11, as the tail engine explodes (tech error there- it wouldn't have blown up while filling with water). Some have thought they saw winglets, some have said no.
The flightdeck is definitely that of the MD-11. The area behind the cockpit also appears to be from an MD-11, though it could've been from most any FedEx widebody.
 
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RE: "Cast Away" FedEx Plane

Fri Jan 05, 2001 7:33 am

He goes on 2 flights,

The first one was when he was on his way home, that was on a A300, then he gets called to go somewhere else after arriving home and boards the MD-11 that crashes later.
 
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RE: "Cast Away" FedEx Plane

Fri Jan 05, 2001 8:05 am

The MD-11 cockpit is a hollywood mockup. It is not a real aircraft or a flight simulator.
This plane is built to withstand anything... except a bad pilot.
 
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RE: "Cast Away" FedEx Plane

Fri Jan 05, 2001 8:12 am

What dose he mean by Mockup??????




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RE: FedEx Castaway Plane

Fri Jan 05, 2001 8:28 am

Tom Hanks takes an Airbus A300 from Russia to Memphis. Then he boards a plane, not an MD-11 to Malaysia. So unless he goes Memphis to ANC on what looks to be an A300 and then a MD-11 from ANC to Malaysia that definetly makes it fake. The only reason I mention ANC is because Tom Hanks says something to the effect of you should see our new humb in Anchorage. Other than that, the plane crash scene is kind of fake. Although, I did see winglets when the MD-11 crashes in the water. Great movie other than the fake plane crash part. By the way, does that FedEx flight number exisit? I think it was something like FedEx flight 80 or flight 88.
 
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RE: "Cast Away" FedEx Plane

Fri Jan 05, 2001 11:22 am

RWally- I seriously doubt it.  

"Yes, and what flight is my husband chartered on?"
"FedEx 88, ma'am."
(sound of woman fainting can be heard on other end of line)
"Ma'am? Ma'am? You there, ma'am?"
 
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RE: "Cast Away" FedEx Plane

Fri Jan 05, 2001 11:28 am

If i'm right they do have a new hub in anc   Last time i was up there was in august. I'm going this summer again and if there is, i will snap a few photo's 


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RE: "Cast Away" FedEx Plane

Fri Jan 05, 2001 11:33 am

I reside in ANC, and they do have a hub, and it's huge! I have seen 8 MD-11's there before. About 379 pilots operate out of the ANC hub.
 
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RE: "Cast Away" FedEx Plane

Fri Jan 05, 2001 12:45 pm

How do we know it wasn't a MD-10 cockpit?
 
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RE: "Cast Away" FedEx Plane

Fri Jan 05, 2001 12:48 pm

How do we know it wasn't a MD-10 cockpit?
 
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RE: "Cast Away" FedEx Plane

Fri Jan 05, 2001 1:31 pm

i hope we can all agree it was something resembling an md-11. fedex only uses 3 engine aircraft when the plane is going overseas, the movie was great publicity for the company.
 
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RE: "Cast Away" FedEx Plane

Fri Jan 05, 2001 6:25 pm

FedEx flight 88 operates PEN-KUL-SFS-SZX-SHA-KIX-ANC-MEM with DC-10
 
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RE: "Cast Away" FedEx Plane

Fri Jan 05, 2001 7:09 pm

Saw the movie today... what a great plug for FedEx and "the FedEx family"! Probably, the best movie advertising EVER.

I do have to concur that the plane shown was an MD-11, as the winglets could be seen as he was escaping the a/c underwater.

Some hollywood creative engineering (movie magic/fiction) I noticed:

The engine was still running after the tail section was detached from the fuselage.

The airplane approaching the water at incredible speed and not disintegrating more.

The cacaphony of metal creeks a la the sinking of the Titanic. An MD-11 is no HUGE ocean jetliner.


*A bit off topic, but did anyone think that the ending was abrupt and left too much unresolved?
 
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RE: "Cast Away" FedEx Plane

Sat Jan 06, 2001 5:46 am

Imkeww, YES.

Another question- Tom Hanks goes down in 1995. Was FedEx using the new livery then, or were they still in the old blue and red "Federal Express" colors.

I'm not sure just how great of advertising it was...I'm certainly going to think twice about sending packages FedEx.  

On another note- anyone know what routes FedEx uses its B747s on, or if it even has B747s anymore?
 
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RE: "Cast Away" FedEx Plane

Sat Jan 06, 2001 8:00 am

Adam- a mockup in this case is a Hollywood soundstage.

I have only seen the trailer, but the autopilot control panel is a fake.

The MD-10 has different engine start levers from an MD-11.
This plane is built to withstand anything... except a bad pilot.
 
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Sat Jan 06, 2001 9:07 am

Nope, they canned their 747s about 10 years ago. They only had a few, and a couple went to Northwest cargo.
 
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RE: FedEx Castaway Plane

Fri Jan 12, 2001 1:25 am

I agree there is no proof that he actually boards an A300/A310 but it is certainly implied.

My wife thinks I'm insane because I would actually care about this stuff, but Dateline showed the making of the film and the computer aided engine explosion (don't get me started on that) was an MD-11 tail engine (I think i saw a bulge and Fedex doesn't have any DC-10-40).
So I guess we are meant to believe it's an MD-11. Which is quite plausible given how often Fedex crashes their MD-11s.

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RE: "Cast Away" FedEx Plane

Tue Jan 30, 2001 7:30 am

just saw the movie.
quite late, i know, but we get the movies a little later in germany. i wanted to see it earlier, but...

ok, it can´t be an MD-10, because in 1995, when hanks aka as chuck noland goes on this flight, there wasn´t any MD-10s.
i´m not sure about any winglets or if the engine which exploded was the tail engine but i think you guys got it right, i trust you on that so it looks if it was a MD-11.
but although one is lead to think that he enters an a-300 (couldn´t it have been an a-310???) it is not shown and not mentioned which plane he enters. in moscow and memphis, except for the ending, they only showed airbusses which easily leads to the conclusion that he boarded an a-300, but...
but wasn´t there a flight engineer??? that would hint at the DC-10, if it really was an engineer.
i think it´s been an MD-11 because it´s the most logical conclusion.
ok, regarding the thing that he went to malaysia. i remember that he said something about him going to malaysia, but wasn´t that supposed to be after a break when he comes back? there was still something with south america. but i don´t think that he took a flight to malaysia. anyway, the makers of this movie did quite a good job not giving us too much info about the plane so that no one can be really sure what plane it actually was. and so i think, if they would have sent him to malaysia, they wouldn´t let him crash near the cook islands and tahiti because that doesn´t make sense.
although fedex #88 obviously goes to malaysia. hmm, dunno.

does anyone has an idea what fedex flights pass the south pacific, do they go the AUS and NZ?

hope no one gets mad at me. i´m aware that this topic is an older one but i just wanted to share some of my thoughts.

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RE: "Cast Away" FedEx Plane

Tue Jan 30, 2001 8:44 am

It has to be an MD-11 beacuse of the cockpit. Or so they impily.....
 
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Tue Jan 30, 2001 11:21 am

I didn't take the time to read all the replys but, There's most licky just a A300 Parked at the entrance. So the Md-11 could be parked some where else. Simple as that  Smile



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RE: "Cast Away" FedEx Plane

Tue Jan 30, 2001 4:10 pm

OK, my $.02

The first plane is an A300 (the one outta Moscow... which bears a striking resemblance to LAX). The one that buys into the South Pacific is supposed to be an MD-11. The cockpit and jumpseat cabin resemble the MD-11, except for the pilot jumping down out of a bunk.. nope, not there on any plane fedex has. There were 4 crew members, which implies that its a long (12 hours +) flight.. ie non-stop MEM-Malaysia. Other small things (i noticed... ) no Smoke barrier.. you can't actually see aft into the cargo compartment, theres a barrier. Another thing... they used the wrong kind of container (the one that busts loose and comes slamming forward into the lav), fedex does not use those on int'l flights on MD-11.

OK, i'm being picky, its hollywood. But someone asked if Fedex has any flights into the S. Pacific. Yes, theres a flight to SYD (FX77a or FX75 depending on the day)from HNL (with a stop in NAN if needed) and continues on to Subic Bay and farther.

Still not abad movie. I saw it right before i took a jumpseat trip to SYD... just in case)

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