The helicopter used, N8417E, is a 1960 Bell 47G. See more »
During the final chase scene along the LA River, there are several shots from the car's driver's point of view of the helicopter, interspersed with shots from well above the helicopter looking down. From the ground, the helicopter appears to be hundreds and hundreds of feet above him. From the aerial view, the helicopter is perhaps one hundred feet above the ground. See more »
This film Air Patrol looks like a pilot for a television series involving the Air Patrol of the Los Angeles Police Department. Robert Dix plays a retired Air Force helicopter pilot now doing the same thing for the LAPD.
The plot concerns the theft and then ransom demand for a valuable painting. The thieves slugged Merry Anders and made off at night with the painting from a helicopter off the roof of the Los Angeles building it was in.
Willard Parker of the robbery detail and Dix of Air Patrol handle the theft and the demand for ransom. The surveillance of the Air Patrol is of course the key to solving the case and recovering a painting.
Routine action film, obviously no television series came from this. Nothing terribly special.
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