Flight of the Phoenix

Factual error: Townes taxis the C119 far too close to the buildings next to the oil platform. The nose of the plane is almost touching the wall. The only anchoring point on a C119 for a taxiing tractor is on the nose wheel, and he hasn't left enough space for the tractor to link up and turn the aircraft without the wing (and engine) hitting the building. There are no anchoring points on a C119 that allow it to be towed backwards, even if they could steer it that way.

Add time

Factual error: After calculating the amount of water they have available Townes and A.J. announce they will be living on "a pint of water per person per day". One problem - they'll be dead within three days, if they manage to last that long. A GALLON - eight pints - a day is the absolute minimum in conditions of dry, extreme heat such as they are experiencing, and that is for a resting male. Take their strenuous exercise into account and you can push that up to two gallons a day. One pint a day? Forget it.

Add time

Factual error: Interior shots of the cargo bay of the C-119 seem way too small. The real cargo bay is about 50 feet long and seats 62 troops, or 35 stretchers. In the movie it's almost full up with 12 passengers plus about 10 feet of cargo.

Add time

More mistakes in Flight of the Phoenix

Question: What are cowl flaps? What is their purpose?

Chosen answer: Cowl flaps are used to adjust to volume of air that passes over the cooling fins of an aircraft piston engine. Under takeoff and landing these flaps are open to allow maximum airflow and under normal flight they are closed to maintain normal engine temperature.


Question: Where did the nomads get ammo for the guns and gas for their motorcycles?

Chosen answer: They bought/robbed or traded for them with other nomadic tribes or in the cities.

Grumpy Scot

Question: What's the name of the song that plays on the radio while they're fixing the plane? Not the Mexican song, the pop one.

Chosen answer: "Hey Ya" by Outkast.


More questions and answers from Flight of the Phoenix



Join the mailing list