The Deadly Mantis

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The Deadly Mantis theatrical movie poster.

Movie (1957)

Craig Stevens (Col. Joe Parkman)
William Hopper (Dr. Nedrick Jackson)
Alix Talton (Marge Blaine)
Donald Ford (Gen. Mark Ford)
Pat Conway (Sgt. Pete Allen)
Florenz Ames (Prof. Anton Gunther)

An earthquake frees a giant praying mantis from within its icy prison in the arctic. It attacks an Air Force weather outpost, a C-47 cargo plane, and an Eskimo village before assaulting the Air Force's D.E.W. Line base and flying south where it eventually battles soldiers inside of the Manhattan Tunnel.

Lockheed WV-2 Warning Star

Seen during a montage covering the construction of the Air Force's D.E.W. Line in the arctic.

Lockheed WV-2 (EC-121K Warning Star after 1962) of the U.S. Navy.

Douglas C-124C Globemaster II

Parkman arrives in this plane after the base is completed at the end of summer.


Douglas C-47 Skytrain

A cargo plane which is attacked by the giant mantis midflight, killing both pilots and a crewman aboard.

Deadlymantis c47.jpg

Cessna LC-126R

This plane flies Parkman to the destroyed weather shack and crashed C-47.
Registration 91953, c/n 49-1953. Same aircraft seen in other movies - IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

The Cessna LC-126R, the military version of the Cessna 195.

Lockheed F-94C Starfire

These jets are scrambled when the arctic base picks up a UFO on their radar (the giant mantis in flight). Later, some, including one flown by Parkman, engage the mantis directly over Washington, D.C.


Lockheed F-94B Starfire

These jets are also sent from the arctic base to search for the mantis.


Grumman F9F Panther

These US Navy jets are dispatched from an aircraft carrier to pursue the mantis after its attack on the arctic base, but they lose it in a low fog bank.


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