Here is a pic of the B-17 that was crash landed on purpose by Paul Mantz at Ozark AAF for one of the opening scenes in the movie "Twelve O'clock High". Mantz is thought to be the only person to ever singlehandely take off in a B-17, fly it and if you count the crash as technically still a landing, land it solo. (my buddy Ray who flew F-105 Thuds in VN says..."any landing you can walk away from is a good one...")
Mantz was paid the princely sum of $4,500.00 by the studio for this stunt which could have ended up much more spectacular if he ground-looped or nosed in and stuffed the plane into the runway.
Depending on what way you measure the value of a buck in 1949....he got something in the order of $45,000 to $86,000 plus/minus for this stunt.
I'd say he earned it.....watch for this sequence the next time you see the movie....
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