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The Concorde... Airport '79 (1979)

PG  |   |  Action, Drama, Thriller  |  17 August 1979 (USA)
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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 ... 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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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 »

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It's very unlikely that the hot air balloon at the beginning intentionally flew to Dulles. Balloons are subject to wind currents, and cannot truly navigate to a particular destination. See more »

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Capt. Joe Patroni: Goddamnn! He fired one! Missiles at five o'clock! Those missiles have a narrow seeking angle, no more than thirty degrees. If we make enough violent maneuvers we may be able to cause a fly-by. Son of a bitch!
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Total camp classic
4 December 1998 | by (Clearwater, FL) – See all my reviews

The fourth and last of the calamitous Airport series, The Concorde is undeniably the most wretched of the bunch, but presented with such disregard for intelligence that it's also the funniest. Bubble--headed reporter Susan Blakely finds out that boyfriend Robert Wagner, a duplicitous arms dealer, has been secretly selling weapons to the Russians; when she boards the Concorde bound for Paris, he sends his latest heat-seeking missle after the plane. Pilots Alain Delon and George Kennedy (who started out as just a simple mechanic in the first Airport) turn the plane upside down to avoid it. After the missle is destroyed by some USAF sky jockeys, the plane continues on to Paris (!). Approaching France, a jet fighter starts shooting off missiles again at the Concorde, so Kennedy opens up the window (!!) to shoot off a flare. In Paris, Wagner tells Blakely it's all a mistake, so she gets on the Concorde again (!!!) to jet off to Moscow. A timer opens up the cargo hatch and the plane starts to break apart, but not before Delon lands the plane in the Alps (!!!!). A laugh riot, from start to finish!


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