Independence Day

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Independence Day theatrical poster.

Movie (1996)

Will Smith (Cpt. Steven Hiller)
Bill Pullman (President Whitmore)
Jeff Goldblum (David Levinson)
Margaret Colin (Constance Spano)
Judd Hirsch (Julius Levinson)

When a mysterious signal interupts the satellite network, the existance of an extra-terrestrial space ship is discovered. David Levinson quickly uncovers the reason for the code - a signal to attack earth. After narrowly avoding the attack the President and entourage make their way to the 'non-existant' Area 51. When all attempts to retalliate against and destroy the ETs fail Levinson proposes a space mission to infect the machines, in parallel with a worldwide counter-offensive to bring down the ETs once and for all.

Boeing-Stearman Model A75N1 (PT17)

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Boeing E-3 Sentry

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Engulfed by the heat reaction as the space ship enters the atmosphere.

Bell UH-1 Iroquois

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Escorts for signal Skycrane. Slight production error as the rear Huey starts to explode before being hit.

Sikorsky CH-54 Tarhe

'SkyCrane' used for irregular loads.

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'Initiating sequence'.

Sikorsky S-61L

One of the two types of aircraft used as 'Marine One'. In the film, civilian Sikorsky models based on the VH-3 Sea King are used as substitutes. In the background, White House, Washington DC.

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Bell 206B JetRanger III

Foxtrot 1, First Lady's aircraft, is a Bell 206B Reg. N25AJ (now N969YC).
Same helicopter in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

Reg. N25AJ.

Another (or same one ?) is seen as an LAPD helicopter.

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Boeing VC-25A 'Air Force One'

Escorted by what looks like F-15s.
Air Force One paired up with Marine One.
Narrowly avoiding 'extremination'.

McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet

The main American agressor aircraft seen throughout the film.

Seen in the 'Iraqi Desert' wearing Israeli markings.
President Whitmore leading the squadron fires the first missile.
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Lockheed C-130 Hercules

Seen at El Toro before it is destroyed.


Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit

Ready to deploy.

Lockheed F-16C Fighting Falcon

Seen just before El Toro is destroyed.
Mocked up in British insignia.

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25


Northrop T-38A Talon

Seen in the background at a few airfields. Behind the Talon, a F-15 Eagle, then a F-14 and another F-18.

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Grumman F-14 Tomcat


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