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Trivia about MASH TV show

Posted Tuesday, December 9, 2008, at 5:41 PM

It has intrigued me for several years during the introduction footage (while Radar was a member of the cast) the furthest helicopter seems to briefly disappear while flying across the hills. It is a quick blip, but I can never see why it happens.

Does anyone know?


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Thanks Waxahcap. Did you find this through search or have relatives in the Shelbyville area?

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Dec 15, 2010, at 9:37 PM

Gifton McCreary is my step dad and he loved being in the MASH movie. He is a great pilot and very knoweldgeable about the Bell 47 and the WASP moving . This in a reply to the below message.

The guy flying the second helicopter in the opening sequence used to own a helicopter maintenance and build shop out of Texas named Gifton McCreary. The shop was called Texas Helicopter Company, he invented a crop-dusting rig called the W.A.S.P. My mom was his office manager. I have no idea how to contact him, if he's even still around, since this was when I was a little kid (roughly 30 years ago). I can't answer your question, but I just thought that it was neat that your question reminded me of all of that...sorry.

-- Posted by Thom on Wed, Dec 10, 2008, at 10:17 PM

-- Posted by waxahcap on Wed, Dec 15, 2010, at 1:33 PM

Specifically, it is the intro where Radar is watching the two helicopters coming in from left to right across the hills.

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Dec 18, 2008, at 9:52 AM

Steve,

I've been trying to keep my eye out, and Hallmark is back to Season 1, but will keep looking.

-- Posted by Sharon22 on Wed, Dec 17, 2008, at 11:02 PM

I have just seen a few of the early Mash episodes and the helicopter scene is not the same, sooo.... the scenes I am talking about are somewhere in between.

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 4:32 PM

No "sorry" needed Thom. It is an interesting note about MASH, so ALL comments are welcome. cfrich's mother dated Radar!

Sharon 22, The "blip" is only with those that Radar is watching them come in. The farthest helicopter seems to disappear behind something for less than a second, or ....... I have not noticed anything with the closest helicopter.

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 9:48 AM

The guy flying the second helicopter in the opening sequence used to own a helicopter maintenance and build shop out of Texas named Gifton McCreary. The shop was called Texas Helicopter Company, he invented a crop-dusting rig called the W.A.S.P. My mom was his office manager. I have no idea how to contact him, if he's even still around, since this was when I was a little kid (roughly 30 years ago). I can't answer your question, but I just thought that it was neat that your question reminded me of all of that...sorry.

-- Posted by Thom on Wed, Dec 10, 2008, at 10:17 PM

When I have the chance, I will set my TV to automatically tune every episode of MASH that is on for one day, I've been known to watch 4 hours in one day. I will have to watch the introduction closer next time to see the helicopter footage.

-- Posted by Sharon22 on Wed, Dec 10, 2008, at 10:13 PM

I was raised up on Mash, there needs to be shows brought back like it.

-- Posted by michaelbell on Wed, Dec 10, 2008, at 2:42 PM

It is a shame they are no longer producing. I watch reruns and get excited when I get one I have not seen, or can not remember. I would rather watch the repeats than mutch of what is on now.

I was not seeing that they went backwards but maybe it is a splicing glitch from several shots.

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Dec 10, 2008, at 2:33 PM

Some years back, I got press tickets to see "A Christmas Carol" at the Ryman, the year Jamie Farr was playing Scrooge. I took my parents; my father is a big M*A*S*H fan. Jamie Farr was actually quite good. That was opening night, and at one point prior to the show the cast walked through the lobby on their way to the steps of the Ryman to participate in a tree-lighting ceremony. I had gone to the restroom or the gift shop or somewhere, but Jamie Farr bumped into my father, which made Dad's night.

-- Posted by Jicarney on Wed, Dec 10, 2008, at 11:44 AM

This sort of has to do with your post, but not really - when my mom first moved to the CT, one of her suitors (besides my dad) was Gary Burgoff, the guy who went on to play Radar on MASH. He's from my hometown.

-- Posted by cfrich on Wed, Dec 10, 2008, at 11:29 AM

I found this at moviemistakes.com. I'm not sure if it helps. Mark Evanier is an excellent choice. I knew him back from his comic book days. The man is a walking Wikipedia, only usually more accurate.

"During the opening sequence, there are side shots of the incoming choppers that make the choppers appear to be flying backwards. When you see the choppers from the ground, they are flying forwards. Was this intentional? [The first shot, that looks like the helicopter are moving backwards is a shot within a helicopter. The helicopter that is filming is moving faster than the others making it appear that the others are going in reverse.]"

http://www.moviemistakes.com/tv3353/ques...

-- Posted by MotherMayhem on Wed, Dec 10, 2008, at 10:04 AM

I can't find the answer anywhere online. You might try going to Mark Evanier's web site, http://newsfromme.com , and sending him an e-mail from the link in the right-hand column. He's an established TV writer and an expert on a lot of TV and pop culture lore. If he doesn't know anything about it, he probably knows someone connected to M*A*S*H who does.

-- Posted by Jicarney on Tue, Dec 9, 2008, at 9:41 PM


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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter and live on a farm outside of Bell Buckle. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.