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Old 02-19-2005, 05:47 PM
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That Nazi Plane in "Indiana Jones"

I the first Indiana Jones movie, those evil Nazis have a cool-lookink twin-engine plane, ready to fly the Ark back to Germany. It looked like a flying wing..was there actually such an aircraft? The movie was just on AMC..and I spotted a blooper! Jone's girlfriend locks herself in the cockpit (and can't get out). She mysteriously appears in the machine gun turret in the next frames..how did she get there?
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Old 02-19-2005, 05:55 PM
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According to this site, "In Raiders of the lost ark the Nazi 'Flying Wing' was created to reflect Hitler's advanced state of aeronautics and was built using a Flying Wing prototype created by Northrop-Grumman.It is based on a Northrop prototype design, probably the n1m."
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Old 02-19-2005, 06:22 PM
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Picture of the plane
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Old 02-19-2005, 06:27 PM
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I seem to recall (no cite) that the plane was supposed to be a (fictional) ground-attack plane.
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Old 02-19-2005, 07:42 PM
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No, it's not a real plane, but it's based on several German flying wing aircraft designed by the Horten Brothers before and during WW II.

As for Marion getting from the plane's cockpit to the tail gunner position, I'd assume there was a passage between them inside the plane.

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Old 02-19-2005, 07:53 PM
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A model.

http://www.indianajones.de/pictures....nd_prop_03.jpg
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Old 02-19-2005, 08:07 PM
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The amazing thing is that I was thinking about this just this afternoon. I managed to find the following:

http://www.luft46.com/lippisch/lip04106.html

The horton thing is fairly close too.

Though I do wonder exactly WHY they have such a plane at a dig site.......in British Controlled Egypt of all places. Wouldn't a standred transport plane do just as well?

But I will say that it's a great scene and a cool plane.
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Old 02-19-2005, 10:08 PM
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Simulated version.

She's actually pretty tricky to control in flight. Pretty, though.
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Old 02-19-2005, 11:08 PM
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Its only a model.
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Old 02-19-2005, 11:43 PM
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Its only a model.
Shhh!
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Old 02-20-2005, 10:40 AM
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A model?!?! You mean to tell me that "Raiders of the Lost Ark" isn't a documentary?
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Old 02-20-2005, 12:12 PM
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A model?!?! You mean to tell me that "Raiders of the Lost Ark" isn't a documentary?
Whew! That means I don't have to worry that someone is going to uncover the crate the Ark is stored in one day while looking for "Rosebud".



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Old 02-20-2005, 12:54 PM
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Jone's girlfriend locks herself in the cockpit (and can't get out). She mysteriously appears in the machine gun turret in the next frames..how did she get there?
The gun turret has an opening in its back. She went through the fuselage from the cockpit and climbed in. Simple, really.
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Old 02-20-2005, 01:28 PM
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How does it work? Is the file data to use with another app?
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Old 02-20-2005, 06:55 PM
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How does it work? Is the file data to use with another app?
It's for the "X-Plane" flight simulator. You'd have to have it—or at least, the demo—the fly the Wing.
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Old 02-20-2005, 07:48 PM
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Simulated version.

She's actually pretty tricky to control in flight. Pretty, though.
For what's it's worth, there's a plane that looks very much like it(That you can fly) in the Computer game "Crimson Skies"
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Old 02-20-2005, 08:32 PM
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It doesn't look like a cargo plane, so I never got why they'd be using it to ship the Ark.
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Old 02-20-2005, 08:53 PM
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It doesn't look like a cargo plane, so I never got why they'd be using it to ship the Ark.
Most aircraft with internal bomb bays could be used as light cargo carriers, in the pre-WW2 era.

As for why, it was armed, fairly fast, & probably long-ranged. And Herman Goering was always hustling for publicity.
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