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.

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.

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Question: Near the end of the film, the plane stuck on the ground is pressurised before it can move out of the way. Why is it pressurised if it's on the ground and not in the air?


Chosen answer: Patroni isn't referring to the cabin pressure, he says to "pressurize the manifold" - part of the engine start procedure of a Boeing 707, which I believe involves a ground crew pumping gas (nitrogen?) from a cart into the intake manifold.

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