We've worked at it two nights now, but Dorfman's brainchild looks less
like an airplane than it did
when we started.
It's almost mid-day and he's still working. He's right about one thing,
The little men with the slide rules and computers are going to inherit the
It's kind of sad that Dorfman won't be there to see it, but then I guess
he doesn't need to see it.
He already knows it.
Jimmy Stewart gives that speech in 1965 in the original "Flight of the
Phoenix." But apparently
truths behind the story.
During World War II an American bomber crashed in the Libyan
desert. The survivors attempted to walk across the desert, travelling 75
miles. None survived; their
remains were discovered a decade later by an oil survey crew.
The author of "Flight of the Phoenix" apparently knew this story. His
fictitious plane crash occurs
in precisely the same part of the desert.
Equipment from that plane - the "Lady
Be Good" -
was installed in other planes, which then, mysteriously, also
In the 1965 film the rickety take-off was simulated by a real-life stunt
pilot - Paul Mantz - who
was to fly his C-82 Boom down to touch the sand, and then up again.
The movie was dedicated to his memory.
Stranded in the desert on their first night, the lonely men's
are lifted when a transistor radio picks up this
haunting song - "Senza Fine" - by Connie Francis.
No fears, no tears
No love that dies...
the summer days,
The moon at night,
The sea, the sand,
the starry heights
Are yours and mine