First, I openly admit making the film had an element of risk. My only concern about getting caught was in not being able to do the filming. If caught, nothing legal would have happened. As kids, we were well aware of how tough or easy-going security was. LGA police at the time were not harsh on kids. Also we noticed no one cared when small boats would come up by the rocks to watch landings up close. I figured I'd try and get some good footage a bit closer. Use Google Earth and look back with the historical time slider. It only goes to 1994, but it's about the same as when I was there. The water was very close to rwy 31.
BTW, I didn't label LaGuardia as being "International". I think that came from someone reposting it in another website.
In those days (for me, the late sixties) a kid appearing at an airport and showing interest in aviation was rewarded in a number of ways.
I was able to visit the LGA tower cab with no red tape at all. I only had to wait for a controller
Quick... name a famous Chinese brand manufacturer that exports under their own name.
Not so easy it it. You can think of well known quality brands from most western nations. The Chinese are merely order takers for their factories. They rarely innovate on their own. Haier is the only one that comes to mind. I have an A/C from them, only because we no longer make room a/c's in the USA, and it sucks. Shame on us. And Cessna expected us to buy a Chinese built airplane? Don't they know lead is heavy?
I'm not so sure it's Flightaware screwing up. They rely on data from the FAA and other sources. They don't check each flight individually for accuracy. Flightaware is here to turn blocks of data into something presentable to a general audience of internet users. They also provide aviation news and again they don't write it.
Maybe at some point FA can add code to flag data that makes no sense, things like a 737 zig-zag flight track doing 800 knots.
I read that when AF1 is due to visit certain overseas locations, advance teams do extensive tests on potential ground refueling sources, then put seals on the tanks. I think they keep security in place to be sure no one tampers with it.Yes I know AF1 is capable of air2air refueling but safety protocol is to refuel on the ground first.
Speaking of drinking, back in the late 60's when I was primary flight training at LGA, I thought my instructor was joking when he said at least one pilot in the line in front of us for takeoff had a drink just before the flight. As a teen student, I'd hang around parked jets and talk to pilots. A few times I got a whiff but there was no obvious impairment. There was a good buddy attitude that shielded guys. It just wasn't taken as seriously as it is today. In fact the joke was drinking was actually a performance enhancement. For the record, I believe the new societal norms (and laws)make it a career killer to show up with the slightest hint of intoxication.
Don Lemon and nearly every other reporter go crazy when a tsunami disaster happens. They go nuts when they learn waves go 500 MPH in mid ocean. They ignore or are simply incapable of understanding it is not visible or felt as it passes under vessels. So now we have a CARTWHEELING AIRPLANE = 500MPH WAVES. They don't care to hear explanations.
Nothing odd about shipping currency by air. Do you expect banks to ship it by boat? You can't wire physical money that in this case was probably worn out along with dozens of other reasons. It was going to the Federal Reserve facility at Orchard St and Route 17 in East Rutherford NJ. It's a rather impressive place inside but it look more like a hospital from above. These shipments are so routine that someone took advantage of this everyday procedure.
I'll bet it was one of the clever gangs in Europe that really study up on how to do heists like this. This was a small job for them.
Until now I didn't know which version of the 727 was the earth shaker. You might enjoy seeing a Super 8mm film I made while standing on rwy 31 behind a AA 727 departing LaGuardia. This was in 1968 when I was a 15 year old very interested in aviation. The noise was incredible. I had no ear protection and needed both hands to keep the camera from flying back into Flushing bay. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwF8rTV_JHM
My mom asked why I came home smelling like a garage mechanic.