Airport ’77, 1977
- Jack Lemmon
- Lee Grant
- Brenda Vaccaro
- George Kennedy
- Joseph Cotten
- Olivia De Havilland
- James Stewart
- Christopher Lee
- Darren McGavin
visit the film locations
Villa Vizcaya, 3251 South Miami Avenue at 32nd Road in Coconut Grove on the coast of South Miami.
Much of the Creature from the Black Lagoon and several Tarzan movies in the 40s, with Johnny Weissmuller, were filmed at Wakulla Springs.
Airport '77 filming location: the mansion of millionaire James Stewart: Villa Vizcaya, 3251 South Miami Avenue, Coconut Grove, South Miami, Florida
Surely the sight alone of Joe Patroni (George Kennedy) would send the crew, never mind the passengers, into a panic. To add variety to the midair crisis plot, the plane in Airport ’77 plummets to the bottom of the ocean (remember when the Bermuda Triangle was fashionable?).
A cast of Hollywood stalwarts gamely bounce about on a jet set mounted on cantilevers in the Universal Studio, Hollywood.
More scenes were filmed at Burbank Airport – now Bob Hope Airport, 2627 North Hollywood Way, Burbank; Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), One World Way (again); and Dulles International Airport in Virginia.
The offshore filming was, as is often the case, around the San Diego area, while underwater scenes were filmed on the Universal backlot and at Wakulla Springs State Park near Tallahassee, Florida (a regular subaqua location – seen in Creature From the Black Lagoon), where a 70-foot mockup of the 747 jet was placed into the spring basin.
Located 15 miles south of Tallahassee, Wakulla Springs State Park is open 365 days a year. You can stay at the 1937 Wakulla Springs Lodge.
Airport '77 was one of the last Hollywood films to be shot here – in 1993, Wakulla Springs State Park was added to the National Register of Historic Places; .