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Tallmantz's Mad, Mad World


In 1962, Tallmantz Aviation began filming aerial footage for The United Artists comedy "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World". At the beginning of a long crazy scene, a Beech 18 (AT-11, N63158) flown by Buddy Hacket and Mickey Rooney after the pilot, played by Jim Backus is incapacitated. Frank Tallman put the Beech through some wild gyrations while being filmed from the tail mounted camera of The Tallmantz owned North American TB-25N Mitchel (N1042) known as the "Smasher" The Mitchel was extensively modified to do aerial camera work with camera positions in the tail, side gunner windows, and the custom designed cylindrical optical glass nose window. Paul Mantz and Frank Pine piloted the Mitchel. This painting appeared in the July 2023 issue of Air Classics Magazine.


Original painting is available for purchase. Acrylic on canvas 18 inches x 24 inches. For pricing information, contact the artist using the phone number listed at the bottom of the website.


Signed open edition giclee prints are available for $110.00 plus $10.00 shipping. Print size in inches: 16 x 20 on 18 x 24 paper.

Tallmantz's Mad, Mad World

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