“Red Tails,” based on the true story of the Tuskegee Airmen, takes to the skies Friday. Besides the P-51s these heroes flew, there are plenty of other planes that movie audiences can look up to.
A 1990 film of the same name told the story of this B-17 headed on its last mission: Either the crew makes it and they’re done with their tour of duty, or they don’t. The on-ramp to National Airport seems less stressful suddenly.
Howard Hughes’ able-to-take-off-on water, MADE-OF-WOOD giant was depicted in the relatively ignored 2004 flick “The Aviator.” The Goose flew only once — unless you count all the times the movie was ignored on airplanes.
In 1986, “Top Gun” launched Tom Cruise, Navy pilots and men’s volleyball to previously unheard-of levels of fame. And made everyone kind of want a call sign.
The Bell X-1 is the experimental plane Chuck Yeager (played by Sam Shepard in 1983’s “The Right Stuff”) used to break the sound barrier, which he did with two broken ribs. Live in fame or die in flame, as the song says.
TWA Boeing 707
“Airplane!” (1980) made midair disasters a riot. Given the current state of air travel, a trip on this “pretty big white plane with red stripes, curtains in the windows and wheels” looks pretty good. Plus, they got a meal.