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"Airplane!" is an iconic 1980 comedy which sends up "Airport"-style disaster movies (among other Hollywood tropes) in the tale of a routine flight that runs into trouble when its crew becomes disabled by illness.

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In which military branch did Ted Striker serve?

In the comedy Airplane!, character Ted Striker has post-traumatic stress disorder after losing the rest of his squadron. What military branch was he supposed to have served in? Is it consistently ...
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What did Rex Kramer mean by routing the plane in Lake Michigan?

In Airplane!, Rex Kramer told this at some time in the control tower: We ought to route [the plane] in Lake Michigan, at least we'll avoid killing innocent people. I had long suspected that this ...
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What do the spear and watermelon jokes in "Airplane!" mean?

In the awesome 1980 comedy Airplane!, there are two jokes that make no sense and I've never been able to find an adequate explanation for them. Is anyone able to shed some light? Near the end of the ...
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Why is "Airplane!" called "Flying High!" in some countries?

According to Wikipedia, the movie Airplane! is called Flying High! in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Japan, and the Philippines. At the same time, Netflix in Australia calls this movie Airplane!...
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Translating the Jive dialogue

In the 1980 movie Airplane, there are two memorable scenes in which two guys (and in the later scene, an older woman) speak "Jive" to each other. The transcripts of the scenes in question are below, ...
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