Eastwood's "Sully" Now Shooting

  • Oct 30, 2015 8:50am GMT

Asa Griggs Candler decided to build a place to race cars in 1909 near the town of Hapeville, Georgia. Mr. Candler, best known as the founder of the Coca-Cola Company, hoped to rival the Indianapolis Speedway but failed as a race track.

The following year the site hosted an airshow and site found success as the PeachState Airport. The place "where old planes never die", is now home to an impressive museum and is adding a new page to its long history.

Award winning director Clint Eastwood is using it for his upcoming movie on Sully Sullenberger recently using a Stearman for scenes of a young Sully learning to fly.

(See photos below from Candler Field Museum & The Daily Mail.)

Academy Award winner Tom Hanks (Bride of Spies, Captain Phillips) will play Captain Sullenberger. Aaron Eckhart (Olympus Has Fallen, The Dark Knight) will be co-pilot, Jeff Skiles, and Oscar nominee Laura Linney (The Savages, Kinsey) as Sully’s wife, Lorraine Sullenberger. The screenplay is by Todd Komarnicki and is based on the book Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters, by Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow.

Principal photography on Sully began on Monday, September 28, in New York, where the water landing that instantly made Sully a household name was achieved. Filming will also take place in North Carolina, Atlanta and Los Angeles.

Two fuselages of retired jetliners are being used for water scenes in California, and most of the rest of the movie, based on Sullenberger’s autobiography, is being filmed in Georgia.

Airshow air boss George Cline's wife Lori, an airline pilot who flew with US Air, was involved with the filming of the NTSB investigation part of the movie. They did it in Charlotte where she had to try and return to Newark. Eastwood's focus will be on the investigation that followed and the crew's defence of their actions.

The Airbus A-320 that landed its passengers safely in the Hudson River got a recent visit from Eastwood as well. He was joined at The Carolinas Aviation Museum by Capt. Sullenberger, first officer Jeff Skiles and flight attendants Donna Dent, Sheila Dail, and Doreen Welsh. Air traffic controller Patrick Harten, who was guiding the aircraft during the emergency, Gov. Pat McCrory and more than 20 passengers from the Charlotte area were also on hand.

Museum president Shawn Dorsch told the Charlotte Chronicle Observer that, “He was very interested in the historical details of the incident and the aircraft. Dials, switches and other components of the cockpit, including the controls activating the two engine fire extinguishers, have been left exactly as they were set when the plane was retrieved from the Hudson River."

Eastwood also told Dorsch a story about surviving a military plane crash when he was in the Army. The Navy AD-1 Skyraider crashed off San Francisco in 1951 leaving Eastwood in the cold Pacific for about two hours before being rescued. 85 year old Eastwood continues to fly as a civilian helicopter pilot.