Harrison Ford has paid tribute to his longtime friend, the late great Peter Mayhew, who was known for playing Han Solo’s towering co-pilot, Chewbacca the Wookiee.
Talking to Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show Thursday, the Star Wars actor said just a few words about his friend, who passed away on May 3. Ford noted the quiet challenge Mayhew faced playing Chewbacca.
“He was a really sweet man, nice man, and he had a hard time physically. It was really hard for him to do what he did for us, what he did for all of us. And he did it with real dignity and class,” said Ford.
“He was a really neat guy. I miss him.” Read more…
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Movie star and aviation buff Harrison Ford had another close call in one of his private planes. Landing his Husky at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, CA he mistakenly landed on a taxi way, and nearly missed a passenger plane.
Ford, 74, was captured on air traffic control recordings asking, “Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?”
Air traffic controllers then informed Ford that he had landed on a taxiway rather than the runway.
Landing on a taxiway is a violation of Federal Aviation Administration safety rules.
The FAA told NBC News that controllers gave Ford the proper landing instructions and that he read them back.
The incident has prompted an FAA investigation — which could result in anything from a simple warning letter to a suspension of Ford’s pilot’s license.
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