Then president Bill Clinton saw the film twice while he was in office.
The final sequence where a cable is extended from an MC-130 to the 747 was filmed near California's Channel Islands. Paul Bishop flew the 747 in formation within a few feet of the MC-130. The camera plane, a modified B-25, had a top speed of about 230 mph, so the sequence was filmed at about 200 mph and the 747 had to be flown with flaps extended. This sequence is a nearly a shot-for-shot copy of a similar air to air rescue involving an MC-130 and a Boeing 747 in Airport 1975 (1974).
Unusually the film received the co-operation from all four branches of the US military who readily lent them equipment and advisers.
Randy Newman was originally hired to provide the film's score. However, Wolfgang Petersen felt it was too serious to the point of being unintentionally funny. Jerry Goldsmith was hired at the last minute and had only 12 days to come up with an alternative score. (Newman later recycled some of his rejected score for Toy Story 3 (2010).)
In the beginning of the movie the president rides in the motorcade back to the plane, when in fact the United States is the only country in the world that transports its presidential motorcade vehicles to whatever country the president goes to. |