News for Jan. 17, 2006

The plane that toppled King Kong

1/17/06, 10:22 am EST - Xoanon

The plane that meant curtains for King Kong is being pieced together at Hood Aerodrome for a grand unveiling at Sunday's Sport and Vintage Aviation Society's Open Day. The replica Curtiss Helldiver biplane used by Peter Jackson's Big Primate Productions is impressive sight even without its wings attached. The 1930s plane was purpose-built for Jackson's blockbuster, where it appears at the end of film doing battle against the greatest movie ape of them all. The biplane was fully kitted out with machine guns and given realistic wear and tear to give it the appearance of the genuine article. [More]