The Final Countdown

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The Final Countdown movie poster

Movie (1980)
Also known as: Nimitz, retour vers l'enfer

Kirk Douglas (Capt. Matthew Yelland)
Martin Sheen (Warren Lasky)
Katharine Ross (Laurel Scott)
James Farentino (Cdr. Richard T. Owens / Richard Tideman)
Charles Durning (Sen.Samuel Chapman)

The USS Nimitz (CVN-68) has a date with history. A storm-vortex transports the Nimitz and its crew back in time to Dec. 6, 1941, the day before the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Japanese fleet has been spotted. Is history on the verge of being rewritten?

Grumman F-14A Tomcat

Tomcats from Fighter Squadron 84/Jolly Rogers played a dominant role in the confrontation between the Nimitz and the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service.

F-14A of VF-84.
Two F-14A's of VF-84 in formation with a North American T-6 Texan modified for the movie to look like a Mitsubishi A6M Zero.

P.S. : F-14 of VF-41 "Black Aces" are too visible in action.

Jet engine Pratt & Whitney TF30 of the F-14A.

Northrop Grumman E-2C Hawkeye

From VAW-112 "The Golden Hawks".

Nimitz E-2C CIMG5345.jpg
Nimitz E-2 launch.jpg

Lockheed S-3A Viking

From VS-24 "Scouts".

Nimitz S-3.jpg
Nimitz S-3 CIMG5357.jpg

Ling-Temco-Vought A-7 Corsair II

In the foreground, we look only the rear side of the right jet engine of the Lockheed S-3 Viking.

LTV A-7E Corsair II of VA-86 Sidewinders.
LTV A-7E Corsair II of VA-86 Sidewinders.

P.S. : A-7 of the VA-82 "Marauders" not presented here but visible in action.

Lockheed C-141 Starlifter

Center left, in the distance (behind the hedgerow).

Nimitz C-141.jpg

Sikorsky SH-3H Sea King

From HS-9 "Sea Griffins".

Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King n° 733, BuN 149717.
Nimitz SH-3 CIMG5348.jpg
Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King n° 736, BuN 148995.
Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King n° 736, BuN 148995.
Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King n° 736, BuN 148995.

Grumman S-2 Tracker

Inside the hangar.

Nimitz S-2 534.jpg

North American A-5A Vigilante

Nimitz A-5.jpg

On the right, behind the SH-3 Sea King.

Nimitz i147446.jpg

North American SNJ

Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

Nimitz jap CIMG5359.jpg

Vultee BT-13 Valiant (acting as Nakajima B5N)

Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

Nimitz BT-13 CIMG5362.jpg

Curtiss P-40K Warhawk

Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

Curtiss P-40K Warhawk of the USAAF.

Curtiss P-40B/C Warhawk

War footage.

Nimitz P-40C CIMG5364.jpg

Vought RF-8G Crusader

Nimitz RF-8G holdback.jpg
Nimitz RF-8G CIMG5358.jpg
Nimitz RF-8G.jpg

Grumman KA-6D Intruder

Nimitz KA-6l.jpg
Nimitz KA-6E.jpg

Grumman A-6E Intruder

VA-35 "Black Panthers".

Nimitz A-6E CIMG5355.jpg
Nimitz A-6E CIMG5366.jpg

Northrop Grumman EA-6B Prowler

Electronic Attack Squadron VAQ-134 "Garudas"

Nimitz EA-6B CIMG5354.jpg
Nimitz EA-6B CIMG5356.jpg

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