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What is your favorite aviation movie?
one man's opinion...

Posted on 07/06/2013 4:42:52 PM PDT by ken5050

Well, the cable news networks are non stop with their coverage of the air crash in San Francisco. Looking at the pictures, it seems a miracle that the number of fatalities is so low. If there is one unintended consequence of this crash..at least we will be spared talk about Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman for the next few days. As the networks are talking aviation and nothing but, I thought it would be a slight diversion to discuss our favorite aviation themed movies.


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Chit/Chat; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: aviation; cinema; film; movies
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I'm going to hopefully limit this thread to civilian aviation movies..not war films.

Obviously, "Airplane!" comes to mind...one of the funniest films ever made. And then there are the "Airport" films..I think there were 4 or 5....the first one was OK..the rest progressively worse.

My personal favorite is an old one, "The High and the Mighty," with John Wayne and Robert Stack....which also involves an airliner attempting to make a landing in San Francisco.

It's based on the book of the same name by Ernest K. Gann, who also wrote the screenplay ( and worth downloading..it's a good read.) The film also features a hauntingly beautiful Academy award winning theme by Dimitri Tiompkin...especially if you love whistling..which you can listen to here. If you don't know the tune, I urge you to listen. But be forewarned..you'll find yourself whistling the tune, or attempting to do so, over and over.

The film turns up on AMC or TCM occasionally..definitely worth recording.

My other favorite is even older ... "No Highway in the Sky" with Jimmy Stewart and Marlene Dietrich. It's based, with some degree of authenticity, on the story of the British DeHavilland Comet, which was the world's first commercial jetliner, until it was taken out of service after several horrific crashes. It was determined that the plane had a design flaw which led to it breaking up whiled at high altitudes.

I can't stand Leonardo DiCaprio, but I mention "The Aviator" only because of Cate Blanchette's incredible portrayal of Katherine Hepburn.

And of course there is the simply superb, "United 93." Beautifully done, it is faithful to the story of the heroes of our first victory of the War on Terror.

I'm sure you all have your own faves..

1 posted on 07/06/2013 4:42:52 PM PDT by ken5050
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To: ken5050

Secondhand Lions


2 posted on 07/06/2013 4:44:37 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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3 posted on 07/06/2013 4:45:10 PM PDT by EveningStar ("What color is the sky in your world?" -- Frasier Crane)
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4 posted on 07/06/2013 4:45:50 PM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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ping


5 posted on 07/06/2013 4:45:52 PM PDT by EveningStar ("What color is the sky in your world?" -- Frasier Crane)
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To: ken5050

Red Tails


6 posted on 07/06/2013 4:46:07 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: ken5050
Spirit of St. Louis
Midway
Firefox
Space Cowboys
7 posted on 07/06/2013 4:46:23 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: ken5050

Red Skies of Montana (1952)


8 posted on 07/06/2013 4:47:04 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: ken5050

Guess.


9 posted on 07/06/2013 4:47:07 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: ken5050

The Great Waldo Pepper


10 posted on 07/06/2013 4:47:13 PM PDT by RckyRaCoCo (Shall Not Be Infringed)
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To: ken5050

Twelve O’Clock High


11 posted on 07/06/2013 4:48:08 PM PDT by rlmorel (Silence: The New Hate Speech)
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To: ken5050

“Blue Max.” I enjoyed the aerial scenes. The only thing really off about the movie was that George Peppard was way too American to be portraying a German.


12 posted on 07/06/2013 4:48:13 PM PDT by PJ-Comix (Beware YRip in the Space/Time Continuum)
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To: ken5050

Twelve O’clock High


13 posted on 07/06/2013 4:48:29 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: ken5050

The Blue Max


14 posted on 07/06/2013 4:48:36 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: ken5050

“The Langoliers” and sorry, not movies, but a few Twilight Zone episodes (one where they fly back in time and one with William Shatner).


15 posted on 07/06/2013 4:48:55 PM PDT by Borax Queen
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To: ken5050

The Right Stuff.


16 posted on 07/06/2013 4:48:59 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (If America is a nation of immigrants, where's my free stuff?)
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To: Pollster1

Many thanks for the ping!!!


17 posted on 07/06/2013 4:49:30 PM PDT by ken5050 (Due to all the WH scandals, MSNBC is changing its slogan from "Lean Forward" to "BOHICA")
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To: ken5050

When I was a kid around 1950 the local movie theater would show a serial before the movie began. My favorite was this guy who had a rocket pack on his back and the control was on his chest.

They made a movie which was similar but not even close to as good.


18 posted on 07/06/2013 4:49:56 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: Joe 6-pack

The Right Stuff was fairly good.


19 posted on 07/06/2013 4:50:10 PM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: ken5050

Oh yeah, The Blue Max, The Ghost of Flight 401, the original Airport(just liked the old planes...the movie blows), Twelve O’Clock High.


20 posted on 07/06/2013 4:50:16 PM PDT by RckyRaCoCo (Shall Not Be Infringed)
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To: gorush

I love “SecondHand Lions”, but I never regarded it as an aviation movie...:)


21 posted on 07/06/2013 4:50:38 PM PDT by rlmorel (Silence: The New Hate Speech)
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To: rlmorel

“Twelve O’Clock High”

ditto


22 posted on 07/06/2013 4:50:52 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: ken5050

Forever Young, Mel Gibson.


23 posted on 07/06/2013 4:50:52 PM PDT by umgud (2A can't survive dem majorities)
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To: Joe 6-pack

How did I forget “The Spirit of St. Louis?’’ One of the best ever..


24 posted on 07/06/2013 4:50:58 PM PDT by ken5050 (Due to all the WH scandals, MSNBC is changing its slogan from "Lean Forward" to "BOHICA")
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To: gorush

“Twelve O’clock High” with Greg Peck

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0041996/


25 posted on 07/06/2013 4:51:01 PM PDT by llevrok (We are in a new Cold War. At home.)
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To: ken5050

We just watched “Zero Hour” the other night it was a serious film but its what the movie airplane was based on it was hilarious to watch after watching airplane a gazillion times


26 posted on 07/06/2013 4:51:01 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: ken5050

“The High and Mighty” is a great movie as well.


27 posted on 07/06/2013 4:51:15 PM PDT by rlmorel (Silence: The New Hate Speech)
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To: ken5050

28 posted on 07/06/2013 4:51:21 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!

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29 posted on 07/06/2013 4:51:23 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: ken5050

Top Gun......lol.

The Bridges at Toko-Ri

Is anyone to name “Those Magnificent Men and Their Flying Machines”?


30 posted on 07/06/2013 4:51:25 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Pollster1
Excuse me Miss, I speak Jive.

31 posted on 07/06/2013 4:51:27 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks
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To: ken5050

“Back from Eternity” (1956)


32 posted on 07/06/2013 4:51:30 PM PDT by Borax Queen
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To: laplata

Twelve O’clock High

I watched it enough in several phases of USAF PME. And...

Strategic Air Command

Corny, but I love all of the old SAC scenes.


33 posted on 07/06/2013 4:51:39 PM PDT by Half Vast Conspiracy ( Because police powers are essential to the public good that abusing them is so offensive.)
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To: Cvengr
Yep...should have added that one to my list. DiCaprio's Aviator wasn't a bad movie either, more of a period biopic than strictly an aviation movie...
34 posted on 07/06/2013 4:51:44 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: rlmorel

But, but...that beautiful secondhand biplane was so instrumental in the ending.


35 posted on 07/06/2013 4:51:47 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: ken5050

Surely you would have noticed.


36 posted on 07/06/2013 4:51:58 PM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: ken5050

Does “Apollo 13” count as an aviation movie?


37 posted on 07/06/2013 4:52:13 PM PDT by rlmorel (Silence: The New Hate Speech)
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To: ken5050

38 posted on 07/06/2013 4:52:46 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks
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To: llevrok

Yup, that was a good one, too.


39 posted on 07/06/2013 4:52:58 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Half Vast Conspiracy

I just saw “Strategic Air Command” recently for the first time, and while it is corny, it has some great, GREAT footage in it!


40 posted on 07/06/2013 4:53:35 PM PDT by rlmorel (Silence: The New Hate Speech)
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To: rlmorel

One of my favorite movies, too. I like the one where the kid says ‘Cadillac of the skies’ ... can’t remember the movie name but it wasn’t an aviation movie either. Real emotions jerker, up there with ‘A Town Called Alice’ and ‘Dragonfly’.


41 posted on 07/06/2013 4:54:21 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: yarddog
"Commando Cody"

Giving away our ages aren't we?

42 posted on 07/06/2013 4:54:33 PM PDT by eCSMaster (Palin was right (again)!)
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To: ken5050

A Guy Named Joe (with Spencer Tracy, Irene Dunne, and Van Johnson), later remade as Always with Richard Dreyfus, Holly Hunter, and John Goodman.

Spencer Tracy comes back to earth after he dies in a plane crash. There’s a wonderful scene where he talks with his love (who has since fallen in love with another man) while she is flying a plane.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Guy_Named_Joe


43 posted on 07/06/2013 4:54:39 PM PDT by quilterdebbie (We will endeavor to persevere!)
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To: ken5050

And of course, as much as we hate Tom Cruise, and as corny as the movie is, you have to love “Top Gun”. It is like a parody of an aviation movie...:)

I just bought the 3-D version.


44 posted on 07/06/2013 4:54:39 PM PDT by rlmorel (Silence: The New Hate Speech)
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To: gorush

Airplane , Secondhand Lions and of course The Great Santini


45 posted on 07/06/2013 4:54:42 PM PDT by Neidermeyer (I used to be disgusted , now I try to be amused.)
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To: ken5050

Since war movies have been introduced, I’ll add mine - Top Gun.


46 posted on 07/06/2013 4:54:44 PM PDT by Tonytitan
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I can’t remember the title but Jimmy Stewart was the pilot. The plane crashed in the desert and they made a working plane from the parts and flew out.


47 posted on 07/06/2013 4:54:59 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: ken5050

Limiting it to civilian aviation... I thought Always had some really good aviation scenes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxJys2XKjJA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSL30W9DeU8


48 posted on 07/06/2013 4:55:34 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Half Vast Conspiracy

Strategic Air Command

Corny, but I love all of the old SAC scenes.


Yes, a great movie. Good cast, too.

That movie showed the Soviets we could kick their butts. They took notice.


49 posted on 07/06/2013 4:55:41 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: ken5050
Dang! I almost forgot...

"Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo"!!!!!

50 posted on 07/06/2013 4:55:42 PM PDT by rlmorel (Silence: The New Hate Speech)
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