Original Australian Daybill Poster Death Flight
Daybill Poster.Death Flight (aka SST: Disaster in the Sky, Flight of the Maiden and SST Death Flight) is a 1977 American made-for-television air disaster film directed by David Lowell Rich. Produced by ABC Circle Films, the film featured an all-star ensemble television cast. Death Flight capitalized on the popularity of 1970s aircraft disaster films, this time with a crippled supersonic transport aircraft that is refused permission to land due to the threat of spreading a deadly strain of influenza. David Lowell Rich who went on to direct The Concorde ... Airport '79, was the most successful director to exploit the disaster formula in both television and film. Dating back to ‘The Horror at 37,000 Feet’, a television movie made for CBS Television in 1973, the "popular Airport-style brand of group-jeopardy epic was exploited by Rich more than any other filmmaker." During filming, the production was called Flight of the Maiden. The aviation sequences utilized a scale model of what was basically a Concorde lookalike with Boeing 747 turbofan engines attached. Other shots were completed using a mock-up of a Lockheed L-2000, a prototype the company had created when Americans were still pursuing their own SST programs. Airport scenes were filmed at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, where various terminals, runways, boarding areas and cargo loading bays were featured. For its overseas theatrical showings eg Australia, the film is titled simply Death Flight and has an additional scene featuring nudity that is not present in other versions.