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Subject: [Leica] IMG: Stearman
From: h_arche at (H. Ball Arche)
Date: Tue, 24 Nov 2009 14:22:29 -0800 (PST)
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Not to nit-pick but because now you've gotten me curious, what were the 
planes used in King Kong?

As soon as I read your post I wiki'd 'Curtss Helldiver' and found a WWII era 
monoplane dive bomber that was designed and brought to production 1940-43, 
suceeding the Dauntless.

Some other earlier Curtiss pursuit plane perhaps?

----- Original Message ----
To: lug at
Sent: Sun, November 22, 2009 10:48:31 PM
Subject: Re: [Leica] IMG: Stearman


I did a little research on the registration number and learned that  the 
plane was significantly damaged in Texas in September, 1990 when it's  
propeller failed during service as a crop-duster.  It's current owners  
it in 1995, and from what I can tell, its been in its current  markings 
since then.  Markings like these make it very appealing at Warbird  meets 
airshows, where it has been an active participant.

As far as movie work, King Kong came immediately to mind, but Peter Jackson 
went through much effort to have two Curtiss Helldiver replicas custom 
made for  the film.  Real Helldivers were used in the original 1933 

It may have been in other movies, but I'm not aware of any specific  ones.

Best regards,

Ira Silverman
Irvine, CA

On Sat, Nov 21, 2009 at 23:54:49, <sonc.hegr at>  wrote:

You think it is painted up for movie work?

(Nice shot btw,  cuz)

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