The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
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Aunt Bee's Big Moment 

Aunt Bee takes flying lessons but doesn't feel she is ready to fly solo.



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Episode cast overview:
... Andy Taylor
... Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
... Aunt Bee Taylor
... Goober Pyle
... Howard Sprague
... Helen Crump
... Emmett Clark
... Mr. MacDonald


Aunt Bee comes to realize that she hasn't accomplished much in her life. At a dinner for family and friends, everyone has a story to tell or an accomplishment to brag about. She just wishes that she could do something that was unique and that she could talk about. To everyone's surprise, especially Andy, she decides to take flying lessons. Andy is certain that she will never go through with it but she perseveres, determined to make a go of it. When it comes time to solo however, she begins to have second thoughts. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Family






Release Date:

12 February 1968 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The aircraft registration number N5955B is assigned to a 1956 Cessna 182A. See more »


The show is set in Mayberry, a fictional town in North Carolina, but the geography around the airport, including the smoke stacks in the background, clearly show that this is the San Fernando Valley. See more »

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Re: "Aunt Bee's Big Moment - location
13 May 2008 | by See all my reviews

Yes, i believe it WAS shot @ Whiteman Airport (WHP). Noticed just today that someone had posted some still photo shots of the episode while filming there back in 1968 at the airport.

Of course, all the stills don't show the eventual build-up of industry and businesses that are now lining up and down San Fernando Rd.

Someone has made mention of the "smokestacks" in the background.

Those are the "4-stacks" that pilots and controllers mention as a landmark around the airport area. (the 'four stacks' also are mentioned in the Sandra Bullock movie "the Net" - in which a friend of hers flies his Cessna airplane into the stacks after being 'off-course', due to a malfunction - which the audience is asked to believe can be done via computer. (it can't).

The four stacks (there are really six now), are just south of Whiteman Airport.

i've posted a copy of the Aunt Bee photo page here:

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