Just re-watched The Final Countdown again and, as usual, enjoyed the footage of the carrier air wing days that included A-6 Intruders, A-7 Corsairs, S-3 Vikings, and, of course, F-14 Tomcats. Even an RF-8 Crusader showed up. Those were the days.
Though the plot isn’t exactly top-notch, it’s above average and a good watch. Even if only for all of the great shots of carrier action and planes from 1980. They even put a Corsair into the barricade.
Saw this as a kid and it probably gave a big boost to young Murdoc’s interest in all things military. Especially things with variable-geometry wings.
The audio commentary with DP Victor. J. Kemper is interesting, but he noted that planes could be landed by remote control from the carrier’s bridge if the pilot had been incapacitated. We wish.
If that were the case, Murdoc would vote to take the A-6s and A-7s in mothballs and turn them into attack drones rather than flying targets like the F-4s are being used these days.