Aircraft in the movies...Black Widow

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Recently seen the latest Marvel instalment, Black Widow.
Coincidentally I visited the Helicopter Museum a week before I saw the movie so I can say I've seen the Mi-8, don't know for sure which scenes it was used for though. I am aware that they ended up using four MI-8's for different filming locations/scenes.
I was wondering if anyone knows which aircraft & registration of the Piper used in the escape to Cuba scene at the start of the film? I'm assuming that since they used the helicopter from WSM & the two Soviet jets from Newark that the Piper would possibly have been a UK resident?

Many thanks in advance!

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The scene was filmed in the Cardington hangars but other than that I haven’t seen a report on the airframes identity that was used.

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I am able to confirm that the MiG-23 & MiG-27 aircraft that we have on loan were taken off site in September 2019 for filming as part of what was then 'Project Blue Bayou' - our exhibits were selected as we had valid deactivation paperwork in place for their 'safe' handling.

I acted as the liaison for the project and based on feedback from the company contracted to undertake the moves, my understanding is that much of the airfield filming was undertaken at Upper Heyford.

Post filming we were also offered one of the MiLs but this was turned down.

Cannot help with the identity of the Piper.
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Shame that one of the Hungarian Mi-8s wasn't saved, would have looked very nice alongside the two fast-jets. Obviously plenty of other considerations as to why you didn't take it though, of course.

Lots of filming at Upper Heyford, but I also think I saw something about the heathland near Farnborough, and Pinewood Studios, being used?

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cg_341 wrote:
Mon 26 Jul 2021, 9:02 am
Shame that one of the Hungarian Mi-8s wasn't saved, would have looked very nice alongside the two fast-jets. Obviously plenty of other considerations as to why you didn't take it though, of course.
Numerous reasons spring to mind: the airframe that were offered didn't fit with our Collecting Policy; from the images we saw it looked in poor condition; and when it was offered we were closed due to Covid and we could not contemplate the fee being requested.
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boff180 wrote:
Mon 26 Jul 2021, 2:36 am
The scene was filmed in the Cardington hangars but other than that I haven’t seen a report on the airframes identity that was used.
Thanks for that, I'd read that somewhere. Very impressive to think that must have been used as a huge green screen background inside that hangar.

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NAM Updater wrote:
Mon 26 Jul 2021, 8:16 am
I am able to confirm that the MiG-23 & MiG-27 aircraft that we have on loan were taken off site in September 2019 for filming as part of what was then 'Project Blue Bayou' - our exhibits were selected as we had valid deactivation paperwork in place for their 'safe' handling.

I acted as the liaison for the project and based on feedback from the company contracted to undertake the moves, my understanding is that much of the airfield filming was undertaken at Upper Heyford.

Post filming we were also offered one of the MiLs but this was turned down.

Cannot help with the identity of the Piper.
The end results looked impressive, especially to give Upper Heyford some rare Cuban sunshine! Your jets did look exceptional on film.

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What's the old saying, "The camera never lies"?

Looks can be deceptive, lots of work currently underway on the MiG-27 & perhaps soon on the MiG-23 - some of it is featured in here http://www.newarkairmuseum.org/2021_Work_Gallery

When the right volunteers are on site we may have open cockpit viewing opportunities on these aircraft as well - there's certainly lots of Black Widow interest from amongst our younger footfall!

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A friend was involved in the filming of this - albeit I havent seen the movie yet!

In addition to those types used the 'alien spacecraft crash scene' also used various scrapped aircraft parts/hulks including the guts and centre section of a Harrier!

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NAM Updater wrote:
Mon 26 Jul 2021, 1:07 pm
What's the old saying, "The camera never lies"?

Looks can be deceptive, lots of work currently underway on the MiG-27 & perhaps soon on the MiG-23 - some of it is featured in here http://www.newarkairmuseum.org/2021_Work_Gallery

When the right volunteers are on site we may have open cockpit viewing opportunities on these aircraft as well - there's certainly lots of Black Widow interest from amongst our younger footfall!

#NAMinTheMovies
Same at Weston, they had the movie posters around their Mi-8, I assume you managed to get all the film graphics to put next to them. I have a feeling model kits of the Mi-8 will be popular.

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