There is a post regarding the worst aviation films ever made. I'm now wondering about the best and worst scenes on TV and in film. That is, scenes where aviation is present, but does not take up the whole production.
My nominees are:
Worst -- The opening scenes of Plan 9 From Outer Space, called the worst movie ever made, where the action takes place in the cockpit of an airliner. The "special" effects are very funny -- the control column and switches and dials look so cheap (like painted inner cores of toilet paper rolls) and the dialogue is to die for!
Best -- Coast to Coast in 48 Hours, produced by the Pennsylvania Railroad and Transcontinental and Western Airlines in about 1935. This short film doesn't have any superlative production values but it DOES have many external and internal shots of Ford Tri-motors in scheduled use. The shots of the plane flying over the Grand Canyon and airport arrivals and departures announced using megaphones are simply great! And Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart add to the thrill of early commercial aviation. I don't know of any other flick with similar footage.