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 ...
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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 in 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 ... Written by
The picture was a critical and commercial failure at the box-office with the lowest financial take of the four "Airport" movies. See more »
In the beginning, while landing at Dulles, the Concorde makes a steep turn aligning with the runway. In real life, even a small, relatively slow plane (like a Cessna) needs a few miles to approach a runway. See more »
Capt. Joe Patroni:
Wait a minute! That perfume of yours smells awfully familiar.
[Patroni gives a funny look to Metrand. He and Isabelle are surprised that Patroni figures out they are involved]
[to Metrand; angry tone]
Je te remercie! On peut avoir confiance en toi!
[subtitle translation: Thanks a lot! You can have confidence in you!]
Capt. Joe Patroni:
What did she say?
Capt. Paul Metrand:
Probably the same as you say in English.
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Thrill as the Concorde performs ridiculous aerobatic stunts.....
Some slack might be cut this movie due to the fact that it was made in 1979. That much said, it really is pretty dire.
Never mind the laughable back-projection or the awful, awful camera-tracking of supposed "in-flight" objects, it's the stunts that the Concorde pulls off that will have you blinking in disbelief at the absurdity. Barrel-rolls, loop-the-loops and violent "evasive" maneuvers left me wondering why the Air-Forces of the world didn't just fly Concordes as their main fighters.
So, here are the important lessons I learned from this celluloid cheese-fest:
1. The Concorde is at least as agile as a Phantom 4 jet-fighter.
2. You can fire a flare gun at Mach 2 simply by opening the cockpit window and sticking your arm out.
3. If the flare gun fails to discharge, do not drop it, as it may then go off.
4. The Concorde can dodge up to two Sidewinder missiles fired at it at once.
5. A flare will distract a heat-seeking missile every time.
6. Switching off your jet-engines is a sure-fire way of throwing heat-seeking missiles off track if 5 (above) fails.
7. When performing a crash-landing in the Concorde, it is apparently impossible to jettison your fuel beforehand.
8. Concorde pilots are all combat-trained veterans.
As you might imagine, this film is not very realistic. The effects are primitive by today's standards and that, coupled with the nonsense acrobatics the Concorde performs, makes this a movie deserving of little but scorn.
Not recommended. Not recommended at all!
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