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Monday, February 21, 2011

Airport 75

This movie got the Razzie awards, I don't know...I actually liked the movie.  Since I work in the aviation industry..I do space out my various musings about politics with airplane pics.   The fictional airline actually used an American Airline 747 for the movie.

The Real Aircraft:  N9675
The Boeing 747 used in the film was originally delivered to American Airlines in 1971. It was a 747-123, registration number N9675, serial number 20390; the 136th 747 off the production line. Its basic American Airlines color scheme was modified to the notional Columbia Airlines colors for filming of exterior sequences. The aircraft was flown by United Parcel Services as a freighter, re-registered N675UP until 2005.The aircraft, N9675, is now stored in Roswell aircraft storage facility, and has been withdrawn from active service with UPS. 

The 747 used in the film cost $30,000 per day to rent from American Airlines. All exterior shots of the aircraft (and one interior shot of Charlton Heston at the controls) were completed in two days (landing shots in Salt Lake City, aerial shots over the Wasatch mountain range in Utah, evening and early morning flight shots, and a stunt shot involving engine #1 ramming into an outbuilding). The evening taxi and takeoff shots were filmed as the plane, with the re-badged "Columbia Airlines" logo on the fuselage, was being delivered to Salt Lake City for the two days of filming.




     
A real American Airlines 747-123 (N9675) was used in the movie, painted in the fictional Columbia Airlines colors. No wonder the colors of American and Columbia look so much alike (except for the red stripe that dissapears in the latter).The plane is a "combi" aircraft with a cargo section at the back, as the loading door and the small20390/136), delivered on May 7, 1971, was operated at the time by American Airlines and later became an all-freight plane (flying as "American Freighter"). It temporarily had the registry OD-AGM for a lease. When American Airlines disposed of its 747 fleet, it was sold to UPS which now flies it as N675UP.  
A real American Airlines 747-123 (N9675) was used in the movie, painted in the fictional Columbia Airlines colors. No wonder the colors of American and Columbia look so much alike (except for the red stripe that dissapears in the latter).The plane is a "combi" aircraft with a cargo section at the back, as the loading door and the small passenger cabin demonstrate.
 N9675, a Boeing 747-123 (msn/ln 20390/136), delivered on May 7, 1971, was operated at the time by American Airlines and later became an all-freight plane (flying as "American Freighter"). It temporarily had the registry OD-AGM for a lease. When American Airlines disposed of its 747 fleet, it was sold to UPS which now flies it as N675UP.
 Now here you'll see the photos(courtesy of Airliners.net) or movie sections featuring this special plane, well, may be I should have called this page a tribute one, I don't know(maybe I'll do this later)but meanwhile, hope you'll enjoy it and please do contact me if you've got more photos or info of this famous actress,woops, sorry...Jumbo Jet!!(isn't she beautiful?!)

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