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.
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!