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Columbo DVD cover.

TV Series (1968-2003)
French Title : Colombo

Peter Falk (Columbo)
Mike Lally (2nd Bartender)
John Finnegan (Barney)
Bruce Kirby (Sergeant George Kramer)

With his rumpled raincoat, ever-present cigar, bumbling demeanour and Sherlock Holmesian powers of deduction, disarmingly polite homicide detective Lieutenant Columbo took on some of the most cunning murderers in Los Angeles, most of whom made one fatal, irrevocable mistake: underestimating his investigative genius.


Boeing 707-131B

Prescription: Murder (1968)
Reg. N6722 Boeing 'Star Stream' 707-131B c/n 18988/489 which ended derelic in Tucson, Arizona in the mid 1980s after several years of duty for TWA-Trans World Airlines (1966-1982).
Only the rear half is seen from the airport building. Seconds before, the cabin is just a set, not a real airliner.

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Hughes 500

Ransom for a Dead Man (1971)
Reg. N9033F Hughes 500.

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Beechcraft 36 Bonanza

Ransom for a Dead Man (1971)
Reg. N7835R Beechcraft 36 Bonanza c/n E-104 built in 1968. Same aircraft features too in Perfect Strangers (TV Series) (Ep. 102) and Banacek (TV Series) (Ep. "A Million the Hard Way" (Ep. 1.4).

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Instrument panel of the 1970's

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Beechcraft V35 Bonanza

Ransom for a Dead Man (1971)

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Various Aircraft

Ransom for a Dead Man (1971)
Lot of light aircraft mainly Cessnas and Beechcrafts.

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Cessna 177 Cardinal

Ransom for a Dead Man (1971)
Reg. N660SR Cessna 177 Cardinal c/n 17701151 built in 1968.

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Another one seen in background during the landing, seconds before.

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Boeing 747-131

Ransom for a Dead Man (1971)
Boeing 747 of TWA-Trans World Airlines.

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Boeing 737-200

Ransom for a Dead Man (1971)
Airliner taxiing in the far background.

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Season 2

Boeing 707-321

Ep. 2.04 Dagger of the Mind
Arrival at London Heathrow Airport.
Boeing 707-321 N7??PA of Pan Am-Pan American World Airways.

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Boeing 707-321B

Ep. 2.04 Dagger of the Mind
At London Heathrow Airport.
Two Boeing 707-321B of Pan Am-Pan American World Airways.

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Boeing 707-312B

Ep. 2.04 Dagger of the Mind
Left background, hidden soon. Next second we just guess the blue tail of two airliners of the BOAC.

Hawker Siddeley HS.121 Trident 1

Ep. 2.04 Dagger of the Mind

Hawker Siddeley HS.121 Trident 1 of BEA-British European Airways.

Boeing 727-14

Ep. 2.08 Double Shock
Arrival at Las Vegas. Wearing ex Pacific Southwest Airlines livery.

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Season 3

Cessna 172L Skyhawk

Ep. 3.07 Swan Song
Registration N2853Q a Cessna 172L Skyhawk built in 1971 (c/n 17259853). Same aircraft seen in other works at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft (Civil Fixed-Wing).

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Lake LA-4 Buccaneer

Ep. 3.07 Swan Song
The nearest plane of the entrance of the hangar.

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North American Navion A

Ep. 3.07 Swan Song
Reg. N8642H North American Navion (NA-145) c/n NAV-4-642 of 1947.

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Cessna 150J

Ep. 3.07 Swan Song
Reg. N50814 Cessna 150J C/N 15069569 built in 1968.

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Piper PA-28-140E Cherokee Cruiser

Ep. 3.07 Swan Song
Another shot shows "140E" written on the golden line.
Seconds later, from the right, we can see the cowling of a white Piper J-5 Cub Cruiser / PA-11 Cub Special.

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Beechcraft T-34 Mentor

Ep. 3.07 Swan Song
Registration ends by ...88C. Note the colorful tail of the unidentified Cessan on the right.

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Boeing 747-251B

Ep. 3.07 Swan Song

Boeing 747-251B of Northwest Orient Airlines.

Season 4

Republic RF-84F-5-RE Thunderflash

Ep. 4.03 By Dawn's Early Light
Republic RF-84F-5-RE s/n 51-1847.
Despite a flag of California State is behind the Commander's desk, this episode was filmed (in 1974) in South Carolina at the military college The Citadel, Charleston. The RF-84 was on display there between September 1957 and 1990. Now stored at USAF Museum in Dayton.

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Season 5

Category: Lockheed L-1329 JetStar

Ep. 5.02 A Case of Immunity
Lockheed L-1329 JetStar C/R N711Z
This aircraft appears to bear the tail number N711Z, which is the same as that of one of the miniature Jetstar models used as the craft flown by Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman) in "Goldfinger" (1964). The VC-140B on permanent static display (Google map) at Andrews AFB is reported to have had the registration N711Z.

The "Jet Star" logo can be seen forward of the boarding door in Columbo ep5-2.
Rear view of Lockheed L-1329 taxiing in Columbo ep5-2.
Front view of Lockheed L-1329 preparing for takeoff in Columbo ep5-2.

Season 7

Sikorsky HH-52A Seaguard

Ep. 7.05 The Conspirators
Registration 1373 Sikorsky HH-52A Seaguard # 62-051 from US Coast Guard.
Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

Reg. 1373 Sikorsky HH-52 Seaguard of the U.S. Coast Guard.
Reg. 1373 Sikorsky HH-52 Seaguard of the U.S. Coast Guard.
Reg. 1373 Sikorsky HH-52 Seaguard of the U.S. Coast Guard.
Reg. 1373 Sikorsky HH-52 Seaguard of the U.S. Coast Guard.

Season 9

Boeing 727-224

Ep. 9.02 Columbo Cries Wolf

Boeing 727-224 of Continental Airlines.

Eurocopter AS350 AStar

Ep. 9.02 Columbo Cries Wolf


Los Angeles International Airport (LAX/KLAX)

Ep. 9.02 Columbo Cries Wolf
1 & 2: Boeing 747 of Northwest Airlines.
3: Boeing 747 of Pan Am-Pan American World Airways
4: Lockheed L-1011-395-1 TriStar 50 of Hawaiian Air
5: Boeing 737-200 of AirCal
6: McDonnell Douglas MD-80 of PSA-Pacific Southwest Airlines

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Beechcraft Starship

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Boeing 747 & McDonnell Douglas DC-10

Ep. 9.02 Columbo Cries Wolf


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