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Best of Aviation Queen: Check Out The Internet Movie Plane Database!

28 Jul

Editor’s note: I’m in Oshkosh, Wis., this week for the EAA AirVenture show, so I’m pulling out some best-of.  On Monday night, I went to EAA’s Fly-In Theater, which showed “Top Gun.” They’re showing a movie every night of the week (FREE popcorn), so I thought this would be a great time to re-post my May 17 column on the Internet Movie Plane Database. And bonus–there’s a link where you can relive the fun of #AvGeekCinema!! Enjoy!

A funny thing happened after last weekend’s great game of #avgeekcinema (my post on that is here) — I discovered the Internet Movie Plane Database.

For the uninitiated, this wiki on steroids gives a comprehensive list of all types of aircraft that appear in movies or television.   And I admit it — I’m one of those geeks that loves seeing — and identifying — aircraft in movies.  You can check out a post from my old blog, written back in September 2004, about how I began watching the TV show “Lost” because I had heard the crash scene in the first few episodes were something to behold.  And they were.

And yes — I watch the opening credits of “Hawaii Five-0″ just to see that Airbus A330.  And I also watched the opening in the original show too.  But I digress.

Let’s say you want to check out the aircraft featured in one of my favorite movies, “Die Hard 2.” To me, despite all the aviation errors, that movie was an absolute aircraft joy, looking at all those Lockheed L1011s and Boeing 727s, plus my one true love aircraft — the Boeing 747.

If you go to the database, you’re taken to the page, which features links to the cast, a movie poster and shots of all the aircraft in the movie.  I was so focused on the L1011s and 727s, I forgot about the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II, the Douglas DC-8, the Bell UH-1 Iroqouis and Aérospatiale AS350 AStar helicopter.

So let go, tap your inner avgeek and jump, feet first, into the Internet Movie Plane Database!

Check Out The Internet Movie Plane Database!

17 May

A funny thing happened after last weekend’s great game of #avgeekcinema (my post on that is here) — I discovered the Internet Movie Plane Database.

For the uninitiated, this wiki on steroids gives a comprehensive list of all types of aircraft that appear in movies or television.   And I admit it — I’m one of those geeks that loves seeing — and identifying — aircraft in movies.  You can check out a post from my old blog, written back in September 2004, about how I began watching the TV show “Lost” because I had heard the crash scene in the first few episodes were something to behold.  And they were.

And yes — I watch the opening credits of “Hawaii Five-0″ just to see that Airbus A330.  And I also watched the opening in the original show too.  But I digress.

Let’s say you want to check out the aircraft featured in one of my favorite movies, “Die Hard 2.” To me, despite all the aviation errors, that movie was an absolute aircraft joy, looking at all those Lockheed L1011s and Boeing 727s, plus my one true love aircraft — the Boeing 747.

If you go to the database, you’re taken to the page, which features links to the cast, a movie poster and shots of all the aircraft in the movie.  I was so focused on the L1011s and 727s, I forgot about the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II, the Douglas DC-8, the Bell UH-1 Iroqouis and Aérospatiale AS350 AStar helicopter.

So let go, tap your inner avgeek and jump, feet first, into the Internet Movie Plane Database!

Forget The Top 5 – I’m Playing #AvGeekCinema!!

13 May

Kids, today was a rotten day.  I fell so behind on all my work and was pissed.  So I’m on the Acela train home and checking my Twitter account.  I fell smack into a game created by Jon Ostrower (@flightblogger) called #AvGeekCinema.

It’s an easy game — you just take a movie title and turn it into an aviation film classic.  For example, one of my submissions (I had WAY too much fun with this) was “Star (Alliance) Trek II – The Wrath of Constellation.  OK, you really have to be an aviation geek to enjoy this game.

So I decided to come up with my top 35 favorites, excluding my own (I have to stop-I need to sleep).  I had to stop searching after 300 entries, but I looked for clever titles or ones that made me laugh out loud.  My personal favorite was from Lfboyd: Seven 47 brides for seven 47 brothers.  Enjoy!!

  1. ATC_Ben: Despicable Fee
  2. Airlineguys: Red Eyes Wide Shut
  3. Gwitty: The Mooney over Paradour
  4. Ridge Legend: Gone With The Window Seat
  5. Binky Airways: Never Say Nacelle
  6. Marfo: Crouching Tiger Hidden Lounge Dragon
  7. Charles022: Schindlers Standby List
  8. Chicofrostie: Three Men and a BMI Baby
  9. MaxPilot: the Dakota Wears Prada
  10. Spaetow: The Hurt Overhead Locker
  11. Fresh1angel: Sex in the Citation
  12. Dansleezer: Boeing John Malkovic
  13. Avspook: Taliban vs Predator
  14. SamStratton: How the WestJet Was Won
  15. Toshiba_Bill: Aisle Be Home for Christmas
  16. DTWScott: My Fare Lady
  17. Derekschatz: A310 to Yuma
  18. IvnHwk: The Unbearable Light of Boeing
  19. Flyddw: Prop Shaft (he’s a bad mother, shut yo mouf)
  20. Douglas_Clark: The KingAir and I
  21. Geekygirlau: the Thin Red Line Maintenance
  22. Hharteveldt: JetBlue Velvet
  23. Gingertotty: Meet the Fokkers
  24. Boeingairplanes: The African Queen of the Skies
  25. Airport_girl: the Cockpit and the Pendulum
  26. Migmarqs: The Eternal Sunshine of a Low-cost Airline
  27. NYCAviation: men in black boxes
  28. Adam Johnson285: Me, Myself and Iran Air
  29. Hnrarebirds: Silence of the NOTAMs
  30. Pubspotter: The Chronicles of Narita
  31. LandingShort: Deice Age
  32. TheGrandVizer: There’s Something About Mary (Kirby)
  33. Eddyfp: I know what you flew last summer
  34. Widestance: White Men Can’t Jumpseat

And @Flightblogger says it perfectly:  #AvGeekCinema is proof enough that the aviation community online is alive, well and thriving! Amen!

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