Airport

Continuity mistake: Burt Lancaster is sitting in his car at the end, and he asks the tower if he can listen to the radio traffic for the incoming plane that's landing. The tower replies "Sure, it's on frequency 117.1". Burt then tunes the dial on his receiver to 171, not 117. 170 is blatantly written under the dial in bold type.

Factual error: When Joe Patroni is attempting to move the stuck 707, Bakersfeld is standing beside his car watching, very close to the plane. Without some form of hearing protection, he would have been very quickly deafened by the noise - a 707 at takeoff thrust is incredibly loud. I once watched a 707 take off from about a half mile away and forgot to cover my ears - it was so loud it actually hurt.

Other mistake: When the stricken airliner is on final approach for landing, both pilots stare intently out the windscreen, never so much as glancing down at the flight instruments. In an instrument landing the pilot must look continuously at the instruments until the copilot reports that the runway is in sight, as that is the only way he can follow the controller's instructions.

Revealing mistake: When the car enters the scene near the beginning of the movie where everyone is getting of the stuck aircraft, you can see the tire track in the snow where the vehicle is going to go. (00:07:50)

Factual error: The decompression would have caused water vapor in the air to cool and condense into fog.

hifijohn

Factual error: In the scene where Joe Patroni is attempting to move the stuck 707, he pushes the throttles forward, problem is the throttles he is using are for a twin engine plane. The 707 has 4 throttle levers.

Factual error: The letter that Mrs Guerrero receives with the refund from the travel agent has the wrong zip code on for Chicago.

hifijohn

Continuity mistake: When arguing about the expansion of the airport with Ackerman, Mel steps behind a display model of the airport layout. We see him standing in one position for several seconds, but in the next shot his arms are positioned completely differently, and he is standing in a slightly different spot. (00:45:15)

DEvans

Continuity mistake: When the bombed plane lands, the pilot pulls the throttle all the way back and is seen turning something off, but a few seconds later, his hand is again on the throttle, which is positioned halfway, as it used to be.

kh1616

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Suggested correction: The captain is engaging reverse thrust. The throttle levers have two handles set at about 90° to each other. When the throttles are at idle, the reversing levers could easily be mistaken for the throttles at half thrust. This lever is then unlocked and pulled backwards to engage the reversers.

Other mistake: Early in the flight, one of the pilots explains to a flight attendant that regulations require that if either of the pilots leaves the cockpit, the remaining pilot must put on his oxygen mask until the other pilot returns (which the remaining pilot is shown doing). However when the bomb goes off with one of the pilots in the rear of the plane, they immediately switch to the cockpit and show the remaining pilot quickly putting on his oxygen mask (which he was not wearing) as he puts out the "Mayday" call.

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Suggested correction: Captain Harris (the pilot flying) has his oxygen mask on. It's Cy Jordan, the flight engineer, who you see putting his mask on after the explosion.

Other mistake: When the strike aircraft is on approach, the pilots ask the tower for a Precision Radar Approach. The air traffic controller confirms it will be a PAR, not a PRA.

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Suggested correction: This has previously been commented on and corrected.

Other mistake: When they are trying to put together the character of the potential bomber, when he bought insurance, the woman who took his details said she remembered him because he didn't seem to have much money for someone going to Europe, but the bomber had told her he had changed all his US money for Lira, and when she persisted, he said the money was all in big bills, and he had left his cheque book at home - so he did have money.

kh1616

Ada Quonsett: My late husband taught me to be thorough. He was a teacher of geometry. He always said: "You must consider every angle."
Tanya Livingston: My late husband was a lawyer, and he always said: "Watch out for sweet-looking innocent, little old ladies." I'm beginning to understand what he meant.

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Question: First there's a scene showing the "Golden Argosy" flight crew taking a mini-bus out to the plane (which, I assume, is already at the gate). The next scene shows Vernin Demerest and Gwen Meighen alone on the plane talking about her being pregnant, etc. Later in that same scene we see the rest of the crew getting onto the plane while Demerest and Meighen are all-of-a-sudden pretending there's a problem with a light. My question is this: If they all went out to the plane together on the bus where were the rest of the crew while Demerest and Meighen were talking on the plane? Wouldn't the whole crew have arrived together and got onto the plane together?

Answer: You are right. I have seen the film 100 times and never questioned that. There is no reason for only some of the crew to be on the plane, but it was needed for the scene to work.

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