An airliner almost collides with the DeLorean time machine when it arrives in 1985A.

"Marty looked out the window [of the DeLorean time machine]. Wherever they were, the floating lane markers [of the skyway] were gone. It was night, and all he could see were tiny lights below. / "Did we make it?" Marty asked. / As if in answer, a 747 jumbo jet roared much too close overhead. The DeLorean shook violently for a moment before Doc stabilized it again. / "We're back," Doc agreed. "Now let's get Jennifer home." "
—From Back to the Future Part II by Craig Shaw Gardner (quote, page 96)

An airliner was a large passenger aircraft.


These aircraft still existed in 2015, as the airline USAir was offering flights to Vietnam for surfers — as confirmed by a poster in Courthouse Square and a commercial on The Weather Channel.

When Dr. Emmett Brown, Marty McFly, Jennifer Parker and Einstein returned in the hover-converted DeLorean time machine from 2015 back to what was believed to be 1985, but was actually a nightmarish alternate reality, the DeLorean's altitude was slightly below the flight path of a commercial airliner descending toward Hill Valley Airport and there was very nearly a midair collision.

Whether the aircraft in question belonged to an airline owned by Biff Tannen in this ABC timeline remains unrecorded.

Behind the scenes[]

  • The airliner is identified as being "a 747 jumbo jet" — or Boeing 747, to give it its proper name — in the novelization (see Quote above).
    • Despite being identified as a Boeing 747 in the novelization, the airliner that appears on-screen bears little resemblance to a 747, since it lacks the hump and four jet engines of the 747. The on-screen jet is instead a tri-jet, as it has three jet engines mounted at the rear of the aircraft. The on-screen airliner also has a T-tail (in which the horizontal stabilizer is mounted on top of the vertical stabilizer), a type of fin not featured on a 747.
  • As a recurring gag, an aircraft flew overhead every time Marty returned to 1985 from another year during the Back to the Future trilogy. A helicopter featured in both Part I and Part III, although it's only heard rather than seen in the latter.


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