Airport (1970)

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Corrected entry: Near the end of the movie when they are landing, Dean Martin is asked to help with the right rudder to turn the plane as it nears the end of the runway. In the Boeing 707 to turn the plane on the ground you use what is called a "tiller" that is left of the pilot. In the 707 the rudder pedals are not even connected to the nose wheel.


Correction: The plane has just landed significantly overweight and at a faster than usual speed. Captains Harris and Demerest are concerned about running right off the end of the runway. It's true that the tiller does the nosewheel steering, but the rudder will still be able to influence the plane's direction - they're using every available means to keep the plane on paved surfaces.

Corrected entry: Dean Martin requests a "PAR" approach to Lincoln. The controller confirms the requested "Precision Radar Approach" whose acronym is "PRA" not "PAR."

Correction: While the acronym is PAR since the term is technically "Precision Approach Radar", the term "precision radar approach" is commonly used, even in FAA documents I found in a Google search to describe the same thing, so having the controller use that term would be appropriate and understood by all the parties. Basically, one is the system (PAR), and one is the action (radar approach).


Corrected entry: When the bomber's wife calls in to the airline reservations office to warn the airline, the person taking the call uses a telephone handset, while the reservation agents sitting behind her are all using headsets.

Correction: How is this a film mistake? Some people don't use the headsets supplied with their telephone, some do.

Corrected entry: When Capt. Demerst tells Mel Bakerfield in the beginning of the movie that "when I'm setting down over 200 thousand pounds of 707 I want something under my wheels that's plently long & mighty dry", referring to the runway conditions, there's one problem. He's taking off, not landing. Wouldn't you assume that "setting down" would refer to landing?

Correction: It is mentioned that Capt. Demerest represents a group of airline pilots. His comment is likely made on behalf of pilots who will be landing at the airport under current conditions.

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.

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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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