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Deadly Mantis/Fun Facts

From The Grindhouse Cinema Database

< Deadly Mantis
  • The first stock footage of the aircraft carrier is the USS Antietam, CV-36. The operations clip is of the CV34 USS Oriskany, the first US carrier with an angled deck. The take-off scene was from the deck of the USS Philippine Sea CV47. The USS Oriskany (CV-34) was not the first US aircraft carrier to carry an angled deck. The first such carrier was actually the USS Antietam (CV-36), which was also shown in this movie. They were both Essex-class carriers and all ships in this class received the SCB-125 upgrade, which installed the angled deck; however, the USS Oriskany was the LAST ship in this class to get the new deck.
  • The footage showing the Eskimos fleeing from the mantis is actually from S.O.S. Eisberg.
  • During the movie, the Air Force sends out a message to members of the Ground Observer Corps asking for help in spotting the mantis. This was a real group that existed at least since World War Two. It was comprised of regular citizens who received basic training in spotting and identifying aircraft, but was discontinued in 1959.
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