A faulty computer causes a passenger space shuttle to head straight for the Sun. Can Ted Striker save the day and get the shuttle back on track - again?


Ken Finkleman


Ken Finkleman





Cast overview, first billed only:
Lloyd Bridges ... Steve McCroskey
Raymond Burr ... The Judge
Chuck Connors ... The Sarge
Rip Torn ... Bud Kruger
John Dehner ... The Commissioner
Chad Everett ... Simon Kurtz
Peter Graves ... Captain Clarence Oveur
Julie Hagerty ... Elaine Dickinson
Robert Hays ... Ted Striker
Kent McCord ... Unger
James A. Watson Jr. ... Dunn
William Shatner ... Commander Buck Murdock
Stephen Stucker Stephen Stucker ... Jacobs / Courtroom Clerk
John Vernon ... Dr. Stone
Al White ... Witness


Still haunted by that fateful wartime incident and the nearly catastrophic events of Airplane! (1980), Ted Striker, the pilot who hates flying, escapes from the funny house. But, as the first passenger lunar shuttle, the state-of-the-art but untested Mayflower One, is about to take off on its maiden flight, once more, an unforeseen malfunction forces Ted to take over the controls of the shuttle. Now, the traumatised commander is holding everyone's lives in his hands, and as if that weren't enough, Striker has to patch up his already complicated relationship with his engaged former lover, Elaine Dickinson, and confront an unhinged voyager bent on destruction. Can Ted Striker, the reluctant hero, save the day for the second time? Written by Nick Riganas

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Just when you thought it safe to go back into the departure lounge. See more »


Comedy | Sci-Fi


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Did You Know?


Leslie Nielsen turned down an offer to return as Dr. Rumack due to his commitment to the comedy series Police Squad! (1982), created by Zucker, Abrahams and Zucker, the creative team behind the original Airplane! (1980) movie. His character only appears in flashback sequences from the first film. His character was replaced by the character Dr. Stone, portrayed by John Vernon. See more »


During the airport security screening, the TV is supposedly displaying what we can see. There are two people in the background (on the TV) but not in the main picture. See more »


Bud Kruger: [as he and the commissioner get out of their car and enter the terminal building] Commissioner, now we both know that shuttle needs another month of pre-launch testing.
The Commissioner: Forget it.
Bud Kruger: Commissioner.
The Commissioner: I said forget about it. The Mayflower is the first Lunar Shuttle to fly from a commercial terminal, and the boys on the board want that flight to go on schedule.
Bud Kruger: Well the boys on the board know about safety...
The Commissioner: Bud, get wise to the political reality. The boys on the board are under a heavy pressure from the ...
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Crazy Credits

Worst Boy ................... Adolf Hitler See more »

Alternate Versions

The theme to The Love Boat proved unclearable for the original US and UK home video versions for the scene in which Striker comes across Jack Jones singing it outside the wall of the mental institution. In the US, the scene is completely edited out, though Jack Jones' credit is retained in the end credits. In the UK, the scene is present, but there is no music and Jones' voice cannot be heard, which naturally renders the joke incomprehensible. The soundtrack at this point is comprised solely of chirping crickets and the prison alarm. See more »


Spoofs Rocky III (1982) See more »


The Blue Danube Waltz
Written by Johann Strauss
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New film, same jokes...
6 January 2004 | by trouserpressSee all my reviews

Having said that however, I don't think this film is as bad as some other reviewers have stated. Sure they re-hash a lot of stuff from the first movie, but hey! It's still funny right? I think this movie has a lot going for it. Some of the jokes fall flat, but some are hilarious. You've just got to take the rough with the smooth.

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Release Date:

10 December 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Flying High II See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA


Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,329,208, 12 December 1982

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