Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, Florida Express was an airline that served a small route in the eastern U.S. and Florida during the mid 1980’s. The carrier operated a small fleet consisting exclusively of British Aircraft Corp. BAC One-Eleven 200 series aircraft. In March of 1988, Florida Express was merged into the second incarnation of Braniff, known as Braniff II —
Video technology was relatively new and the thrill of seeing scenes played back just after watching them ‘live’ was a very real one.
The stage consisted of five areas: an exit door above a water tank, a staff only section inside the cabin, a section of the exterior of a jumbo jet which lifted up to reveal the passenger cabin, the air-traffic control tower, and the front of the plane including the flight deck.
Survive the crash of a jumbo jet.
For our special Screen Test Theatre sound stage, Universal has recreated five of the sets used in “Airport ‘77,” one of their blockbuster major films. If you’re selected from the audience, you are assigned a part, costumed and rehearsed for your big break in the movies. Live video tape cameras roll as you re-enact scenes from the movie, including a terrifying crash and thrilling underwater rescue. The whole adventure is taped by the Screen Test cameras. They you see yourself in action on the television monitors, only minutes after the director says “Cut! Print!.”
From “Inside Universal Studios”, 1979
"Tour guests see themselves in exciting sequences which include a flooded cargo hold of a jumbo jet, a passenger cabin that rocks and shakes, and finally a jump to safety into a tank of water representing the mysterious and treacherous waters of the Devil’s Triangle!"
From “Universal Studios Shows and Special Effects” - Viewmaster K74, 1979 (theStudioTour.com)