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Did a quick repaint of the GAS Boeing Stearman depicting one of the aircraft which features in what is perhaps my favourite flying sequence from a movie. The real thing was piloted for the filming of that sequence, by legendary movie stunt flyer, Frank Tallman.

Well done if you recognised the aeroplane and were able to identify the movie. For some extra kudos points, name the year the movie came out and name as many actors who appear in the movie as you can. For some extra-extra aviation kudos points, how many other aircraft types, which also feature in that same movie, can you name?

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10 minutes ago, YMMB said:

It's a Mad, Mad Mad Mad World.....no real idea.

Good try, and in fact one of the aircraft types which features heavily in that movie also (very briefly) appears in this one too, but guess again 🙂

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Capricorn One! Great movie. Actors... Brolin... Reynolds? And I don't remember the name of the journalist. I only remember the belly landing of a (probably early model) Learjet.

Nice idea for the screenshot forum... Movie quizzes starring aircrafts. ☺️

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39 minutes ago, Murmur said:

Capricorn One! Great movie. Actors... Brolin... Reynolds? And I don't remember the name of the journalist. I only remember the belly landing of a (probably early model) Learjet.

Nice idea for the screenshot forum... Movie quizzes starring aircrafts. ☺️

Yup, correct. Plus two bonus cool points for getting James Brolin as mission commander Charles Brubaker and the LearJet 24 making the belly landing.

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oh man that goes back.

Without looking at the copy on the shelf, I want to say a very young Sam Waterson, OJ Simpson?. Elliot Gould was the reporter. Hal Halbrook?

Who played Brolin's wife, the one with the husk voice?

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Yup, all correct. Brolin's wife was played by 60/70s icon, Brenda Vaccaro.

Actually, when you look at the full cast list, it is pretty stellar. Lots of 70's mega-stars, and all of that for a budget of 5 million Dollars. You'd be hard pressed to make any sort of movie for that kind of money today, let alone one which turned out to be the most commercially successful independent movie of that year.

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Don't forget Telly Savalas (pilot).  The lollypop man if you know what I mean!    Elliott Gould was the reporter.

The aircraft didn't have a front seat since it was a cropduster in this scene.

 

 

 

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Great pointer, Alan, sounds better than a James Bond. Must see this one!

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Fun.

What was the aircraft that Buddy Hackett and Mickey Rooney ended up flying after Jim Backus got knocked out? Man, I love that movie. 

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The Lear 24 was N464CL, from Clay Lacy Aviation in Van Nuys, where I used to work early in my aviation career.  It could be forgiven of people if they noticed that the interior scenes in the Lear were very accurate, as though they had really been filmed onboard. In reality, Clay paid to have an exact replica of that aircraft cabin made, with a removable side panel to allow filming. It was a perfect replica, down to each switch in the cockpit. Even the murals that had ben painted on the interior panels of the real aircraft were reproduced. I remember climbing around that mockup specifically looking for 'errors' that I could then look for in subsequent movies that it was used with, and I had a very hard time finding any. 

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After watching the movie for the first time in years on Youtube I loved they camera angle they used to make the Lear look like it was landing wheels up. Obviously in reality it was wells down but it looked the part.

And then when it cut to the seen where the three astronauts where getting out the Lear was on its belly on the dirt but there wasn't a scratch on it! I figure they must have buried  to just the right dept,stands that would be used for the aircraft that allowed the gear to be retracted on the ground.

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I swear my mind was on the aircraft until I remembered Brenda Vaccaro. Mmmm that voice...

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I figure they must have buried  to just the right depth, stands that would be used for the aircraft that allowed the gear to be retracted on the ground.

The gear was not retracted. A sloping ditch was dug with a depth equal to the gear length, and the Lear rolled into it and dirt was then used to refill the ditch. The result looked like she was on the ground. If you notice on the 'belly landing' shots, the angle simply keeps the gear hidden as she lands, but the flaps are clearly down. When the static scenes are shown, the undamaged flaps are clearly retracted. Speaking of gear retraction, one small detail to watch for was when they retracted the remaining right main gear, after tearing the left main gear off, it is actually the left gear that is shown being retracted.

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