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"Oh, that's just my pet snake Reggie."
―Jock Lindsey[src]

Jock Lindsey was an American freelance pilot. Lindsey cut his teeth as a stunt pilot performing in Midwest airshows and relocated to Venezuela after a rumored flight-related tragedy. He frequently was hired by Indiana Jones to fly the archaeologist to remote parts of the world. Easygoing and affable, Lindsey notably butted heads with Jones on one subject: his pet snake, Reggie.


In 1934, Lindsey flew Jones to South America to search for the Calendar of the Sun after the archaeologist was stranded in Havana.

In the June of 1936, Lindsey flew Jones and Marcus Brody to Tibet, in search of Francis Beresford-Hope and his piece of the key. While Jones and Brody went to Beresford-Hope's Cave, Lindsey stayed with the plane, OB1, in the valley. Lindsey was relaxing peacefully in the cockpit when he heard Jones yelling to start the plane - Jones, Brody, and Alex Beresford-Hope were running to the plane, being chased by Tibetan bandits. Lindsey started taxiing the plane, while the three boarded, accompanied by one of the bandits. As the plane started to take off, the engines died, and the plane fell off of a cliff. Luckily, Lindsey was able to restart the engines and avoid crashing. After the bandit was kicked out of the plane with a parachute, Lindsey flew the three men to Shanghai.


Lindsey in his flight gear.

Later that same year, Lindsey took Indiana Jones to Peru in his biplane OB-CPO, where the archaeologist retrieved (and immediately lost) the golden Chachapoyan idol before demanding a hurried retreat. While Jones was escaping from the Hovitos, Lindsey relaxed by trying to fish from the pontoon of his seaplane. Jones' arrival necessitated a hasty departure, and the fishing rod was lost. While the flight out was uneventful for Lindsey, Jones was aghast at having to share the front seat with Reggie.

Jones hired Lindsey again in order to get an aerial view of some ruins in the Aleutian Islands.

Behind the scenesEdit

Jock Lindsey was portrayed by professional pilot Fred Sorenson in Raiders of the Lost Ark.

In Lawrence Kasdan's Raiders screenplay, Jock is British, and the Raiders novelization further specifies him as being Scottish. However, the character's accent in the final film clearly identifies him as American, with which the Raiders of the Lost Ark Sourcebook agrees.



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