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

Posted on 03/14/2014 6:13:28 AM PDT by ken5050

Aviation and movies pretty much got their start about the same time, and ever since, they've been making movies about the drama of flight. With the mystery of the lost Malaysia Airlines 777 dominating the news, (and no doubt there are already plans being made for a movie) I was wondering what movies about airplanes and flight are FReepers' favorites?


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Note: I'd like to exclude any wartime movies from this discussion. That's a whole different film genre. OK?

There are several obvious choices: All the "Airport" films come to mind, and of course, "Airplane!" which is one of the funniest movies ever made.

There's one hysterical scene after the other...nonstop..but the classic moment for me is June Cleaver's (a.k.a Barbara Billingsly) "I speak jive"

And there's that one line that somehow escaped the censors, when Julie Hagerty reflects on her relationship with Robert Hays, especially the romantic evening they spent on the beach, "when she sat on his face and watched the sun come up." (I looked for the clip..couldn't find it...darn..)

One of the first, and maybe still the best, is "The High and the Mighty." Tremendous cast,( John Wayne, Robert Stack) and a haunting theme.

Here's the original trailer for the film and if you don't recall, the theme is whistled, beautifully...a first. Listen here

"United 93" is superbly done, and IMHO, far and away the best film about the events of 9/11. You can watch the entire movie here

I'm partial to the older films, the classics, if you will. Two of my favorites:

"The Spirit of St. Louis," with Jimmy Stewart's low-key portrayal of Charles Lindbergh. Here's the original trailer

"No Highway in the Sky" is a loosely fictionalized version of the story of the DeHavilland Comet, the British built first commercial jet, which had the unfortunate problem of coming apart in mid-air. The movie stars Jimmy Stewart ( given his service with the UAAAF in WW II, he made a slew of really good aviation movies..both civilian and military themed) and Marlene Dietrich. Here's the trailer

Note: If you're curious, in the film, the tail of the plane falls off because of metal fatigue. The actual Comet also came apart due to metal fatigue, but it was due to the windows being too large. They couldn't survive the stresses of multiple pressurization cycles.

One of the best TV movies about aviation is "Falling From the Sky", about the "Gimli Glider," the Air Canda 767 that ran out of fuel at 41,000. Somehow the crew managed to glide it to a safe landing.

The movie is especially interesting as we wonder today just how could an airplane completely vanish? Well, could anyone think that it was possible for an airliner to take off, and despite multiple systems and built in redundancies, nobody noticed that it was running out of fuel, until the engines cut out. Here's a look back at the story, 30 years later.

Think about it....as we await news about the Malaysia Air flight.

One more, which also shows how the unexpected can happen without warning, sneak up, and bite you on the ass. Speedbird 9 was a British Air 747, which lost power in all FOUR engines while flying through a cloud of volcanic ash from a recent eruption...( again, over Indonesia. Hmmm?)Really good docudrama tells the story here .

Hope you all enjoy this. Please post your favorites, and don't forget the links to the video clips.

1 posted on 03/14/2014 6:13:28 AM PDT by ken5050
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To: ken5050

We did this last week, lol! Or maybe the week before.


2 posted on 03/14/2014 6:14:24 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: ken5050

12 O’clock High


3 posted on 03/14/2014 6:15:38 AM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: ken5050

“Airplane!”


4 posted on 03/14/2014 6:17:12 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: ConservativeStatement

Do you like gladiator movies?


5 posted on 03/14/2014 6:17:37 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: ConservativeStatement
“Airplane!”

Ditto.

6 posted on 03/14/2014 6:17:49 AM PDT by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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To: ken5050

Island in the Sky and The High and the Mighty.


7 posted on 03/14/2014 6:19:25 AM PDT by saminfl
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To: ken5050

“Always”


8 posted on 03/14/2014 6:20:34 AM PDT by high info voter
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To: ken5050

Surely you can’t be serious! It’s “Airplane!”


9 posted on 03/14/2014 6:21:28 AM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: ken5050

didn’t we just have this discussion?


10 posted on 03/14/2014 6:22:39 AM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: kevkrom

The scene where passengers are watching a video... of airline disasters.


11 posted on 03/14/2014 6:23:09 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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Surely you can’t be serious! It’s “Airplane!”

my name's not Shirley... quit calling me Shirley...

12 posted on 03/14/2014 6:23:51 AM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: ken5050

My favorite would be the movie Strategic Air Command starring Jimmy Stewart.The movie was made during the 1950’s but it showed the establishment of SAC and the reasons it was developed.


13 posted on 03/14/2014 6:24:51 AM PDT by puppypusher ( The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: latina4dubya

Randy Quaid in Independence Day.


14 posted on 03/14/2014 6:25:01 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Insurgent Conservative)
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To: ken5050
Flight of The Phoenix with Jimmy Stewart. Love that Boxcar.
15 posted on 03/14/2014 6:25:32 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Do I really need ot use the sarcasm tag?)
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To: ken5050

okay, the other day i said Spirit of St. Louis and Flight Angels... today i will say Soul Plane—just to change it up...


16 posted on 03/14/2014 6:26:35 AM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: high info voter
"Always"

I was going to post that before "Flight of The Phoenix".

But...I have seen that movie 10 times. I can no longer watch "Always". I simply cannot handle the flood of tears any longer. It borders on self abuse.

17 posted on 03/14/2014 6:27:34 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Do I really need ot use the sarcasm tag?)
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To: ken5050

12 O’clock High
Empire of the Sun
The Great Waldo Pepper
The Aviator
Jules Verne’s “Around the World in 80 Days”
Memphis Belle
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo
Flying Leathernecks
Flying Tigers
Midway

There’s more good ones I haven’t even mentioned


18 posted on 03/14/2014 6:30:29 AM PDT by bopdowah ("Unlike King Midas, whatever the Gubmint touches sure don't turn to Gold!')
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To: ken5050

The Rocketeer and Flightplan

Mrs.Esopman


19 posted on 03/14/2014 6:32:37 AM PDT by esopman (Blessings on Freepers Everywhere and Their Most Intelligent Designer)
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To: MrB

“Oh, stewardess, I speak jive.”


20 posted on 03/14/2014 6:33:05 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: ken5050

Strategic Air Command, Always, No Highway In The Sky


21 posted on 03/14/2014 6:34:49 AM PDT by CARTOUCHE (I will not comply !!!! No gov't care for me! No oversight, no insight, no meal site!)
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To: GreenHornet

I am serious. And stop calling me Shirley.


22 posted on 03/14/2014 6:35:39 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: ken5050
The Right Stuff. A definite desert island disc, and now available on a very nicely done Blu-ray.

cheers
Jim

23 posted on 03/14/2014 6:36:35 AM PDT by gymbeau (Tagline under consideration)
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To: ken5050
Those Magnificent Men and Their Flying Machines was fun...
24 posted on 03/14/2014 6:37:12 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: ken5050

Chiming in with The Final Countdown.


25 posted on 03/14/2014 6:37:51 AM PDT by tanknetter
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“Shouldn’t we turn on the runway lights now?”

Robert Stack: “No! That’s just what they’re expecting.”

At that point I was laughing so hard I was crying. The control tower part is my fav.


26 posted on 03/14/2014 6:37:55 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: miss marmelstein
Pearl Harbor has some darn good flying footage in it, plus there's this mouth-watering extra:


27 posted on 03/14/2014 6:49:10 AM PDT by Mich Patriot (PITCH BLACK is the new "transparent")
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To: miss marmelstein
The Wings of Eagles... John Ford, John Wayne, and Maureen O'Hara at their best. Great supporting cast too.
28 posted on 03/14/2014 6:50:30 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: high info voter
“Always”

Unfortunately I can't sit through two hours of Richard Dreyfus and Holly Hunter. Spielberg's worst. watch the original with Spencer Tracy and Irene dunne A Guy Named Joe...

29 posted on 03/14/2014 6:52:28 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: ken5050
Con Air!

Nobody move, or the bunny gets it!

30 posted on 03/14/2014 6:54:13 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: tanknetter
Not long after the movie came out, I talked to one of the guys that flew the “Zeros” PT19’s in the scene where the jet flies between them.

They were told to expect some vortexes off of the ends of the wings.

He said that he was just merely a passenger for what seemed like an eternity.

31 posted on 03/14/2014 6:55:13 AM PDT by Clay Moore ("To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize." ~Voltaire)
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To: ken5050
And maybe it's a stretch to say it's about aviation except tangentially, but Gravity.
32 posted on 03/14/2014 6:56:41 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: puppypusher

The photography in Strategic Air Command was spectacular. Truly artistic in every sense. And John Wayne in “Island in the Sky”.
Those C-47 cargo planes were the other stars of the movie. The flights scenes were amazingly filmed too.
And a recent one “The Aviator”, about Howard Hughes, beautifully depicted some spectacular flying scenes of US history.


33 posted on 03/14/2014 6:57:06 AM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: miss marmelstein

The Tuskegee Airmen (HBO)


34 posted on 03/14/2014 6:58:19 AM PDT by markoman (The man with the rubber glove was....surprisingly gentle.)
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To: Mich Patriot

Kate Beckinsale... yum yum.


35 posted on 03/14/2014 6:59:24 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: ken5050

“Fate is the Hunter”.


36 posted on 03/14/2014 7:00:41 AM PDT by DickBrannigan (When did logic become reversed, and right became wrong, and wrong became right?)
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To: ken5050

The Blue Max. I first saw this movie when it came out in a theater.


37 posted on 03/14/2014 7:01:26 AM PDT by BulletBobCo
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To: BulletBobCo

Air America, Mel Gibson and Robert Downey Jr.


38 posted on 03/14/2014 7:03:48 AM PDT by Busko (The only thing that is certain is that nothing is certain.)
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To: ken5050

“No Highway in the Sky” (1951) with Jimmy Stewart.

A real actor, a real pilot and a real HERO.


39 posted on 03/14/2014 7:05:53 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: ken5050

“Note: If you’re curious, in the film, the tail of the plane falls off because of metal fatigue. The actual Comet also came apart due to metal fatigue, but it was due to the windows being too large. They couldn’t survive the stresses of multiple pressurization cycles.”

Too large and too SQUARE.
Stress formations just LOVE sharp edges.


40 posted on 03/14/2014 7:07:09 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: markoman

I refuse to participate in the discussion! We did it two weeks ago and it was great. Now we have people going on about “Always” - a movie I walked out of it was so dreadful. Bring back the original thread, somebody!!


41 posted on 03/14/2014 7:10:16 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: ken5050

Die Hard II


42 posted on 03/14/2014 7:15:20 AM PDT by isom35
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To: ken5050

“The Right Stuff,” 1983.


43 posted on 03/14/2014 7:15:25 AM PDT by Catmom (We're all gonna get the punishment only some of us deserve.)
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To: ken5050

The Bridges at Toko-Ri


44 posted on 03/14/2014 7:20:34 AM PDT by twister881
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To: ken5050

“Snakes On A Plane” :-)


45 posted on 03/14/2014 7:29:59 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: BulletBobCo
"The Blue Max. I first saw this movie when it came out in a theater.

"Con-firmed" (A great flick)

46 posted on 03/14/2014 7:30:05 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: ken5050

TOP GUN!

Did somebody mention this in the first 44 posts?


47 posted on 03/14/2014 7:31:43 AM PDT by G Larry (There's the Beef!)
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To: ken5050

The High and the Mighty.


48 posted on 03/14/2014 7:32:16 AM PDT by yuleeyahoo (Liberty is not collective, it is personal. All liberty is individual liberty. - Calvin Coolidge)
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To: miss marmelstein

Sorry,
I thought I was responding to the OP!


49 posted on 03/14/2014 7:34:38 AM PDT by markoman (The man with the rubber glove was....surprisingly gentle.)
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To: high info voter

Under rated movie. I really enjoyed.


50 posted on 03/14/2014 7:36:37 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$
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