Re: Flying Boat

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Posted by Michaelson from on September 07, 1998 at 14:55:13:

In Reply to: Flying Boat posted by Dale Dassel on September 06, 1998 at 11:47:58:

: I would REALLY appreciate it if anybody has any information
: about the flying boat used in Raiders. I read that it was being restored at the time of filming, and that only one engine was
: actually able to function. Also, they said that the plane was so
: unseaworthy that it would sink if placed in water. So, after they
: finished restoring it, did it go to an air museum, or is it still
: flying, or what? Anybody know anything about it?

: -Dale

Hello, Dale, where in the heck have you been??!! Sorry about the flying Clipper, but no, it never did fly, and according to recent books about the subject, the plane was actually surface restored and shot in a junk yard. The shot was then used with a matt painting of the dock and background. If anything else was ever done with the old Clipper, it was done way after the fact, and I haven't seen any more written about it. They were very expensive to maintain, and being around a bunch here who teach an Aviation Systems program, all of them say that not many people care to even try to restore them to useable service. No one can afford to keep them up, or very few can. Regards. Michaelson

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