Flying Machine Stunts

I really enjoyed this movie. Tho I am not sure it was ever shown in theaters. It may have been made for the Wonderful World Of Color tv show.

I was impressed with the shots of the guy flying the wacky machine. I'm not talking about the rear-screen projection shots. There were several shots that were not faked.

I assume it was suspended on wires from some large crane. But if so, they did a good job because the wires are not visible and the camera is far enough away that it must have been a very tall crane.


I agree--the flying shots (to my recollections) looked real. This WAS shown in theaters--I saw it on a Saturday afternoon matinee at the local 1-screen movie house when it was new. It was packaged with a "True-Life Adventure" and at least one animated short. Too bad theaters now load up their programs with trailers for upcoming movies and product commercials--and you have to bear the noise of another movie bleeding through the walls.

Anyway--back to the original point--I remember one shot where the flying machine does a banking turn and chases perople on the ground towards the camera. Looked like the thing was really flying to me.

I'd like to see this one again to see if my recollection is correct.

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I think the machine was really flying in most of the location shots. The propeller is spinning really fast, much faster than it spins in the closer process shots. It could be that they felt the most cost-effective way to shoot the scene was to build a small working airplane.


When dude first flys the plane, there is a scene with Merlin running under him with the baby buggy. If you watch closely, on the left side of the screen you can see the branches on the treetops being blown downward as dude flys past them. This would suggest that the plane is suspended from a helicopter. More Monkey.


Good flying effects but definitely a crane.
The crashes were on wires.

Sorry... not a real engine powered aircraft.

Optical effects for closeups of the pilot.

Less than a decade later, using light weight plastic materials man powered flight became a reality.
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I wondered if some of the distant shots might have been a radio controlled model...