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Airplane II: The Sequel (1982) Poster

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The Zucker/Abrahams directing trio (Jerry Zucker, David Zucker and Jim Abrahams) claim (on the audio commentary on the DVD release of Airplane! (1980)) never to have seen this film. They initially agreed to a sequel and then balked at the idea at a later date. The movie went ahead without their permission and despite their protests - thus, they refused to watch a single frame of it upon its release - and still have not over 20 years later.
The machine whose purpose William Shatner's staff cannot fathom is a prop from the Regula One Space Station set of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982).
At one point, William Shatner looks into a periscope and sees the USS Enterprise from the original Star Trek (1966) series. This is the only time the original television version of the Enterprise appeared on the big screen. For Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), she had been heavily modified.
The theme music used in this movie is from the television series Battlestar Galactica (1978).
At a pre-screening of Airplane II, the audience was given 3D glasses as they entered the theater. After several minutes into the "blurry" film--distorted by the 3D glasses everyone donned--the pre-screeners realized the film was not in 3D. The audience had been duped, but it was unclear by whom. (Cincinnati, 1982)
The truck that Striker jumps out of contains giant pods similar to the pods seen in Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956).
At the Alpha Beta base, a technician tells Buck Murdock that the piece of equipment he is working on has red lights that go back and forth, but no other apparent purpose. This piece of equipment has been seen in many science fiction films and television series (including Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), The Last Starfighter (1984) and an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987)), but its function is never explained.
The fast repeated electronic bleeping noise, used several times during the movie, is the sound of an Atari home computer loading from a disk drive.
Following the air traffic controller asking to get Steve McCroskey (Lloyd Bridges), there is a scene that was cut from the theatrical version which shows McCroskey in a mental institution. It opens a nurse getting a phone call from the space center asking for McCroskey. Another nurse worries that the call might disturb him, to which the first nurse replies "It's okay. He just thinks he's Lloyd Bridges." As she walks up to his bed, McCroskey is under the sheets with a snorkel poking out (A reference to Bridges's popular series "Sea Hunt"). After she gives him the phone, McCroskey takes the call and then gets out of bed saying "Looks like I picked the wrong week to go senile!" (A reference to his repeated lines from the first film: "Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit smoking/drinking/sniffing glue...") Though cut from the theatrical version, the scene is often inserted in television viewings to fill time.
The sound effects used when customers walk through the metal detector are the "strike" and "buzz-in" noises from the game show Family Feud (1976).
Leslie Nielsen turned down an offer to return as his character Dr. Rumack because of his commitment to the comedy series Police Squad! (1982). His character only appears in flashback sequences to the first Airplane! film. His character was replaced by the character of Dr. Stone, portrayed by John Vernon.
The automobile they used to jump-start the Space Shuttle prior to launch is a 1959 Edsel, noteworthy as one of the biggest marketing flops in automotive history.
The window behind the "Transcendental Air" desk shows the cityscape from Logan's Run (1976).
When Captain Oveur turns the the key for the shuttle, the panel below is a weapons control panel (torpedoes and missiles).
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The sound effects as the boy in the control room is "playing" with the incoming plane's radar are from the Atari 2600 game Yars' Revenge (1981).
The film dates the ill-fated Flight 209 to Chicago (AKA the previous film) to March 5, 1980.
The hanging lady in the first Airplane! (1980) film reprises her role as the first victim of Striker's anecdotes as the vomiting lady.
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The music played during the shuttle launch is from the Nova of Madagon sequence on Battlestar Galactica (1978). The navigator is played by Kent McCord who played Captain Troy on Galactica 1980 (1980).
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William Shatner's character orders a profile on everyone who has seen The Sound of Music (1965) more than four times. That film was directed by Robert Wise, who also directed Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), which starred William Shatner three years earlier.
At one point Striker, speaking to William Shatner's character Buck Murdock, says "Roger, Murdock..." Roger Murdock was the co-pilot in the first film played by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
The truck that Ted leaps out of to get into the skyport is named "Ken's Trucking" and has a Canadian maple leaf on it. This is an inside joke since "Ken" is Writer-Director Ken Finkleman who is from Canada, hence the Maple Leaf.
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The computer keyboards in Mission Control are from the early home computers, the Commodore Vic-20
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Among the original passengers who return for the second film are the hysterical woman who gets slapped (during the courtroom scene), the middle-aged couple who talk about the weird things they've done, and the old lady who endures Ted's boring stories. Also, if you look at the peripheral passengers, you'll see a Asian man in what appears to be a soldier's uniform. This may or may not be a slight reference to the Asian soldier in the first film who commits suicide after listening to Ted's stories in the first film.
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The "navigation chart" Simon is reviewing in preparation for takeoff is the Thomas Bros. Map Guide for Los Angeles County.
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Rorshack offers Murdoch a series of vague images that Murdoch then interpreted. The name of this type of test is the Rorschach Inkblot Test.
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Given the spoofing of science fiction in the film, there are numerous references to the classic TV series "Star Trek". Not the least of which is the casting of William Shatner (Captain Kirk) as Commander Buck Murdock. But there is a nod to Star Trek most people (probably including the film makers) may not realize. When Gene Roddenberry, the creator and producer of Star Trek, was casting for the role of Captain Kirk, Lloyd Bridges (McCroskey) was considered for the part. He ultimately passed, paving the way for Shatner to take on the now iconic role.
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Winner of the "Grand prix du Festival international du film d'humour de Chamrousse" 1983.
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Both the prosecutor (John Larch) and the psychiatrist (John Vernon) appear together in Dirty Harry (1971). Larch as the Chief and Vernon as the Mayor.
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If you look closely at the paperback books on the carousel behind the Asian man in the gift shop who falls over from having too many cameras, you'll see a book with the title "Wheel Of Fortune". Coincidentally, Pat Sajak, the host of Wheel of Fortune (1983), has a small role as TV reporter during the montage of news shows reporting the space shuttle disaster.
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William Shatner (Commander Buck Murdock) and Lee Bryant (reprising her role as the hysterical Mrs. Hammen from the first film during the courtroom scene), were already working together at the time of this film's release on the TV Series T.J. Hooker (1982). In that series, Shatner plays the lead role of police officer T.J. Hooker and Bryant had a recurring role on that series as Hooker's ex-wife, Fran.
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Cameo 

Art Fleming: The first host of the game show Jeopardy!, cameos as himself in a special "lunar shuttle version" of the show, although he is only credited as the "Jeopardy! host".

Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Sonny Bono, who plays the guy with the timebomb, carries a briefcase covered with stickers from Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Pearl Harbor and Dresden - all places famous for being destroyed by bombs:
The Passenger on the plane smoking a cigarette is supposed to look like Hunter Thompson who Johnny Depp played in Fear and loathing in Las Vegas
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