Airport (1970)

4 corrected entries

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: 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.

Correction: After runway 29 was cleared, Capt. Demerest requested a "P.A.R." approach. The controller verifies it as a Precision Radar Approach. Not being an airline pilot, I imagine he wanted this kind of approach so the pilots wouldn't have to look at the flight instruments.

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.