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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Capt. Paul Metrand
... Maggie Whelan
... Dr. Kevin Harrison
... Isabelle
... Capt. Joe Patroni
... Eli Sands
... Francine
... Margarita
... Robert Palmer
... Alicia Rogov
... Loretta
... Elaine
... Boisie
... Peter O'Neill
... Nelli


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 Huggo

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


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Release Date:

17 August 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Airport '79  »

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Box Office


$14,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$13,000,000, 31 December 1979
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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 January 31, 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 July 25, 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 one hundred seven passengers and crew on-board plus another four people on the ground. At the time of the plane crash, the Concorde had logged 4,873 cycles and 11,989 hours. See more »


When the Concorde is in the powerless dive after evading the missiles fired by the F-4, one engine is finally ignited. At the speed and angle of the dive, one engine would not have been enough to pull out of it. See more »


Capt. Joe Patroni: She's his fourth wife. He always was a horny bastard. There's this story that back in the 20's when he was barnstorming he made a bet that he could put it to this good lookin' wing walker. He boffed her right out on the wing a thousand miles above El Paso. His ass got so sunburned he couldn't sit down a week!
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What a disaster!
13 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

There are bad movies, movies that are horrible, and then there's a tiny, rarified body of movies that are so horribly bad that, even after seeing them just once, the sheer awfulness makes it impossible to forget them even decades later. This is exactly such a movie, and it's hard to believe that the original film in this series was actually quite good. Let's see, George Kennedy, the cigar chomping "tough guy" mechanic of the original has somehow been promoted to airline captain, and, after the Concorde comes under missile attack (don't ask), he resorts to stunts like shooting a flare gun out the cockpit window despite (presumably) flying at Mach 2, all the while doing the sort of wild high-G evasive maneuvers that would have ripped the wings off any real airliner, never mind the effect of the passengers! But the absolute worst part of the film, at least to dedicated airplane buffs like myself, is that this atrocity "starred" one of the coolest, sexiest, and most technologically remarkable planes ever to fly. The Concorde (or, just plain "Concorde" as its pilots refer to it) deserved far better, this abomination is the equivalent of taking a high class beauty like Audrey Hepburn and putting her in a "Porky's" sequel. Thankfully, the release of the ever hilarious "Airplane!" the following year brought the whole "Airport" franchise to a well deserved halt, as anyone even contemplating a fifth installment would have been laughed to death by studios and movie fans alike.


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