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TV Movie (1973)
German title : Duell der Helikopter
David Janssen (Harry Walker)
Ralph Meeker (Jim McAndrew)
Elaine Heilveil (Teresa Jane)
Harry Klekas (Capt. Slater)
Sam Dawson (Inspector Sinclair)
Don Wilbanks (Trucker)
TV news helicopter pilot and World War 2 vet Harry Walker witnesses a bank robbery during which the thieves escape to a waiting getaway helicopter with a hostage. Determined to rescue her and stop the crooks, Harry ignores police warnings and pursues the villains doggedly with his Hughes 500 news chopper.
File footage of P-40s used during Harry's flashbacks, along with "dogfights" depicted with models, are from the 1942 movie Flying Tigers.
The example being towed by Harry for the radio promotion is a rare TP-40N trainer variant.
Registration N923, s/n 44-47923.
Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft (Military Fixed-Wing).
Harry's news chopper.
Reg. N9103F, c/n 52-0378S.
Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft (Rotary-Wing).
The robbers' helicopter.
Registration N13583, Serial 2261.
Used by McAndrew to fly to the abandoned airfield.
The robbers' getaway plane at the abandoned airfield.
Reg. N4888F Cessna TU206A Turbo Super Skywagon c/n U206-0588 built in 1966.