An airplane movie related question: Are the Hurricanes used in A Piece of Cake still around and flyable?
I am sure this isn’t the only thread on Airplane!
As competition for The High and the Mighty, here’s a real lemon.
Panic in the Skies
This film is so bad, it deserves more ridicule.
No, no. You were supposed to say, "Surely this isn’t the only thread on Airplane!
That’s right, and don’t call him Shirley.
As much as Final Descent? That would be tough.
The movie everyone is excited for:
Snakes on a Plane!
The planes in the Masterpiece Theater were Spitfires, not Hurricanes. The squadron in the book used Hurricanes.
I have seen restored Spitfires flying around, and I’m sure someone’s restored a Hurricane of two.
My favorite airplane movie right now is The Hunters , with Robert Mitchum. It’s about Korean War air combat.
There is some truly breathtaking footage of F-86 Sabres, one of my favorite planes. This is why one of the final flying scenes broke my heart (although I won’t spoil it here).
The film was made long enough ago that they couldn’t use real MiG-15’s for the enemies. If you look closely, you’ll see they dressed up some late model F-84’s (the kind with swept wings) as MiGs.
They also show an actual crash, but they couldn’t find any good footage of an F-86 going in. You’ll see them cut away to an F-100, which is destroyed spectacularly.
Very different from the book, but each are enjoyable in their own way.
Does 1941 qualify?, it´s about 1/3 an airplane movie anyway. The shots of the P-40 flying around a canyon are great, and the chase along Hollywood´s streets is something to remember.
"Major General Joseph W. Stillwell: Bombs! I don’t hear any bombs! Now they’re up there. They came all the way from Asia. Don’t you think they’d bring a few bombs along? "
And John Belushi is a riot as a deranged pilot.
Aslo, I just seen Fly Away Home, its that a valid entry too?, if anything it shows the real beauty of flight, it´s very inspiring.