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The Concorde... Airport '79 (1979)

American based Federation World Airlines has just acquired a Concorde jet, which will make its inaugural commercial flight from Washington D.C. to Paris and then to Moscow as a goodwill ... See full summary »

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American based Federation World Airlines has just acquired a Concorde jet, which will make its inaugural commercial flight from Washington D.C. to Paris and then to Moscow as a goodwill gesture prior to the 1980 Olympic Games. Among those on board is Maggie Whelan, a television reporter, who is taking both legs of the trip. Just after boarding at Dulles International Airport, she receives documents conclusively and unequivocally stating that her boyfriend, Dr. Kevin Harrison, the Chairman of Harrison Industries, an aerospace contractor, is complicit of illegally selling arms to enemy regimes. Regardless, Maggie loves Kevin, who vows to do the right thing by making a public statement to his illegal activities. Maggie also intends on making an on-air report of the story once she arrives in Moscow. Kevin, however, has other thoughts. He plans on destroying the documents, the most convenient way being to bring down the Concorde with Maggie aboard, initially having the attack on the plane ... Written by Huggo

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At twice the speed of sound, can the Concorde evade attack?

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Airport '79  »

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$14,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The make and model of "The Concorde" was an Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde 101. The Concorde featured in the film was the seventh one built. It first flew as F-WTSC on 31st January 1975 as part of the fleet of the aircraft company Aérospatiale. In May 1975, the registration number was changed to F-BTSC, with its serial number being No. 203. The plane was leased from Aerospatiale (France) for the movie and then leased Air France in 1976 and sold to them in October 1980. Pope John Paul II flew on the plane in 1989. The actual plane used in this film crashed in the township of Gonesse on 25th July 2000. The flight was Air France Flight 4590 and it had taken off from Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris. A burst tire ruptured a fuel tank, and the leaking fuel caught fire. The crash killed all 109 passengers and crew on board plus another four persons on the ground. At the time of the plane crash, the Concorde had logged 4,873 cycles and 11,989 hours. See more »

Goofs

In the film, the Concorde lands in Paris just before dark, and takes off again at 3:30pm the next day, about 21 hours later. The Concorde required 14 hours of maintenance for every 1 hour of flight; a 3.5 hour flight from the USA to France would require at least 49 hours on the ground before it could fly again, especially in France, which has very strict aviation standards. Since the Phantom Jet Fighter attack caused major electrical and hydraulic damage, it probably wouldn't have been allowed to fly at all. See more »

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Peter O'Neill: Last night I woke up in a cold sweat, I dreamt I was being chased by a giant banana.
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Follows Airport (1970) See more »

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this turkey can fly at twice the speed of sound
2 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

All the Airport movies are stinkers, but this one is the biggest turkey of them all. The formula was different for this one because it focused on TWO disastrous flights and a lot of plot occurring on the ground, while the other movies focused on just one disastrous flight and less plot on the ground. The stunts with the Concorde are worth watching for the laughs, although the special effects aren't as terrible as I'd expect for a movie of this quality made in 1979. George Kennedy's sexist remarks are disgusting and his rendezvous with a prostitute in Paris is totally unnecessary (and made me gag a little). Poor Martha Raye was relegated to a role where she did nothing but relieve her bowel over and over in the Concorde's bathroom. There are no big stars in this movie compared to the previous films, giving you one more reason not to watch this one.


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