• Gary Miceli

PROPS: Full-size Prop Biplane From The Last Crusade, etc

This is a full-size prop biplane from numerous productions, such as Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) and The Mummy (1999). "Constructed as a stand-in for a modified, flying version of a Stampe SV.4 biplane for filming during Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, this mock-up aircraft has since been used in numerous productions, most notably The Mummy (1999), in which the crashed biplane carrying Rick O'Connell (Brendan Fraser), Jonathan (John Hannah) and Ardeth Bay (Oded Fehr) sank into the sands around the lost city of Hamunaptra."

"The aircraft is made of wood, with a metal framework and a canvas skin. Leather-wrapped padding is present around the cockpit. Metal reinforcements have been fitted to both the cockpit and gunner's position, with a fixed turret mount in the rear position facing backward. The wings at the front and rear of the aircraft can be detached for transit and storage, as can the engine block dressing, which is designed as a clamshell arrangement to wrap around the nose of the plane. The ailerons on the wings can be repositioned using metal rod controls."

"The plane is accompanied by a foreshortened tail section, used in the production of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, along with two destroyed wing sections and a set of stand-in character figures used to represent Ardeth Bay and Jonathan during in-flight sequences in The Mummy. The two figures are made of polystyrene and dressed in the characters' costumes, with flying helmet detailing on the heads. They are secured to metal sheeting to allow them to be attached to the flying version of the aircraft. The aircraft has been repainted multiple times following its use on Indiana Jones, most recently to represent the Royal Air Force aircraft seen in The Mummy. Multiple repairs to the skin have been applied over time, with damage applied to the sides of the fuselage for The Mummy still visible through patched repairs and layers of paint. Some additional wear is present, including tears and holes in the canvas, and damage to the exhausts on the engine cowling. Dimensions (biplane, assembled): 665 cm x 820 cm x 260 cm (262'' x 333'' x 102 1/2''). This lot requires assembly. Professional advice will be offered to the winning bidder for safe assembly and display."

Additional details

Individual component dimensions:

Shortened Tail Section: 277 cm x 102 cm x 70 cm (109' x 40 1/4' x 27 1/2')

Rudder: 140 cm x 95 cm x 10 cm (55 1/4' x 37 1/2' x 4')

Engine Housing: 170 cm x 112 cm x 36 cm (67' x 44' x 14 1/4')

Plane Fuselage: 547 cm x 250 cm x 195 cm (215 1/2' x 98 1/2' x 76 3/4')

Upper Wing Mid-Section: 114 cm x 103 cm x 18 cm (45' x 40 1/2' x 7 1/2')

Wing #1: 380 cm x 130 cm x 14 cm (149 3/4' x 51' x 5 1/2')

Wing #2: 410 cm x 130 cm x 14 cm (161 1/2' x 51' x 5 1/2')

Wing #3: 380 cm x 130 cm x 14 cm (149 3/4' x 51' x 5 1/2')

Wing #4: 410 cm x 130 cm x 14 cm (161 1/2' x 51' x 5 1/2')

Jonathan Figure: 165 cm x 39 cm x 28 cm (65' x 15 1/2' x 11')

Ardeth Bay Figure: 165 cm x 48 cm x 46 cm (65' x 19' x 18 1/4')

This plane went up for auction on September 26th, 2017 with the Propstore auction.


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