PG | | Action, Drama, Thriller
A supersonic airborne disaster. In order to survive a flight headed for the Moscow Olympics, passengers of the Concorde must endure aerial acrobatics to dodge missiles and survive a device that decompresses the plane.
The Concorde was known as a "SST" or supersonic transport. In the original Airport film, a model of a planned American-made SST (the Boeing 2707) was seen on the airport manager's desk. This plane went through testing and modification, being certified in 1974 but the cost of the project which if brought to the point of production, would have required a federal subsidy, but the Congress refused to fund this on the grounds that due to the low number of seats and resulting break-even business model, issues with sonic booms on domestic routes, pollution, and other issues. This provides the justification in this story for an American-based carrier to purchase a Concorde, which was European-made. It should be noted that while designed for 100 passenger seats, due to weight considerations the Concorde only had 92 seats and, adjusted for inflation for 2019 dollars, a round-trip New York to Paris ticket cost a whopping $13,000, which is roughly 30 times the cost of the cheapest ticket for this route. The development costs were so high that it could never be recouped via ticket sales, so the British and French governments simply absorbed the costs. The only other rival SST was the Soviet-built Tupolev Tu-144 (sometimes referred to as the "Concordski"), which was problematic and only operated for a few years in the late 1970s.
You pilots are such... men.
Capt. Joe Patroni: They don't call it the cockpit for nothing, honey.
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.
SPOILER: There are two versions of the scene where Kevin Harrison committs suicide. The first, which is the theatrical version, has Harrison, on his private plane, after seeing that Maggie is still alive after the Concorde crashes in the mountains, shooting himself. The alternate scene, which airs on the network television version, which airs a further nineteen minutes of footage discarded from the theatrical version, has him shooting himself in a crowd of reporters while being asked about the Concorde incident.
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