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Flight of the Phoenix

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Flight of the Phoenix (2004)

Flight of the Phoenix is a 2004 remake of the 1965 Jimmy Stewart film The Flight of the Phoenix. In the remake, a group of oil workers who crash land in the middle of the Gobi desert decide the only way for them to get out is by fashioning a new plane out of the airplane wreckage. The film was directed by John Moore and the cast included Dennis Quaid, Tyrese Gibson, and Hugh Laurie.

The following weapons were used in the film Flight of the Phoenix:



Star Model B

At one point in the film, A.J. (Tyrese Gibson) pulls a Star Model B when he discovers that someone has been taking more than their share of water. He later gives it to Frank Towns (Dennis Quaid) when the survivors make first contact with the nomads, Towns using it to kill most of the nomads when the encounter goes bad. In the extended edition of the film, Jeremy (Kirk "Sticky Fingaz" Jones) uses it to shoot a nomad attempting to board the Phoenix during takeoff.

From the armorer: "This pistol is actually a Star 9mm that we had engraved with colt markings. This was because of the difficulty in getting .45 blank ammo at the time. A point of trivia, The director insisted on the correct markings being on the slide so the pistol was flown back from Namibia to South Africa on a Friday and was due back on Monday. The engraver worked on it over the weekend and when it was due to be picked up, he was found dead in his workshop with the Colt Horse only half finished. The slide had to be rushed to another engraver after the poor mans wife was consoled."

Star Model B Pistol, blued finish - 9x19mm. This is a screen used Star Model B from the 1987 film The Untouchables.
A production still of Dennis Quaid holding the Star Model B. Note the upper slide and the sights, indicated that this is not a standard M1911A1.
A closeup of the Star Model B in Towns' hand.
Towns (Dennis Quaid) opens fire with the Star Model B when the encounter with the nomads goes bad.

Webley Mk IV

One of the nomads can be seen using a Webley Mk IV revolver when the survivors' first contact with them goes bad. When the revolver is fired, it appears that the anemic .38 S&W round the weapon somehow causes a person to fly back fifteen or so feet when shot. Elliot (Giovanni Ribisi) then uses it to end an argument among the survivors as to what to do with the nomad. Ian (Hugh Laurie) later holds it on Elliot when the designer's qualifications are revealed.

Webley Mk IV .38 S&W
A nomad draws a Webley Mk IV on Ian and the rest of the men when the encounter goes bad.
Elliot (Giovanni Ribisi) with the Webley Mk IV.
Ian (Hugh Laurie) holds the Webley Mk IV on Elliot after discovering the truth about his plane-building skills.
A closeup of the Webley Mk IV in Ian's hand.



Several of the nomads can be seen with AK-47 rifles, both fixed and folding-stock models, casings of which are also found around what's left of Kyle (Bob Brown)'s body when Towns finds him while searching for James Liddle (Scott Michael Campbell). Some of the AK-47s seen in the hands of the nomads are South African Vektor R5 mocked up like AK-74's, evidenced by the straighter 5.56x45mm magazines, again fitted with fixed and underfolding stocks. Some Vektor R5's are recovered when the survivors search the nomads' camp following the shooting, but are not seen in the survivors' possession after Elliott executes the surviving nomad.

From the armorer: "The non-AK47 rifles in these scenes are modified R5 South African rifles that are based on the Galil. As they are of the same family as the AK, the furniture and sight blocks are easily changed. The magazines are the original R5 mags for 5.56 NATO."

AK-47 - 7.62x39mm
AKS-47 - 7.62x39mm
In an extended scene, Nomads brandishing AK-47's chase down the plane.
Vektor R5, 5.56x45mm
A nomad brandishes a Vektor R5
Rady (Kevork Malikyan) holds a Vektor R5 with an underfolding stock

Karabiner 98k

One of the nomads can be seen wielding a Karabiner 98k while charging the Phoenix on horseback.

Karabiner 98k 7.92x57mm Mauser
A nomad brandishes a Karabiner 98k.

Mosin Nagant Rifle

A number of the nomads in the final scenes of the film were seen carrying Mosin Nagant rifles and carbines, particularly the M91/30 rifle and M44 carbine.

Mosin Nagant M91/30 7.62x54mm R
Mosin Nagant M44 Carbine 7.62x54mm R
The nomad in the background can be seen brandishing a Mosin Nagant M44 carbine

Submachine Guns


In an extended scene from the film, one of the nomads can be seen with a PPSh-41 slung on his back while chasing the Phoenix.

PPSh-41 7.62x25mm Tokarev
In an extended scene from the film, an nomad with a PPSh-41 slung on his back


Double-Barreled Shotgun

Several of the nomads in the final scene can be seen wielding double-barreled shotguns of unknown make and model, at least one having sawed-off barrels.

Stoeger/IGA Coach Gun 12 gauge
A pair of nomads brandishing double-barreled shotguns. The one on the left has sawed-off barrels.


Heckler & Koch P2A1 Flare Pistol

In the extended version of the film, Towns uses a Heckler & Koch P2A1 flare pistol in an attempt to signal a biplane flying over the crash site as they're digging out from under the sand that buried the plane. The biplane however fails to see the flare, despite it having nearly hit the aircraft.

Heckler & Koch P2A1 Flare Pistol 26.5mm
In the extended version of the film, Towns fires a Heckler & Koch P2A1 flare pistol out the top of the buried plane.

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