While the plane was being prepared for the journey, the pilot was in the cockpit, and overheard the burlier mechanic challenging an escaped Indiana Jones to a fight after the latter knocked out the second mechanic.
During the ensuing tussle the pilot tried to intervene using a luger, but was knocked unconscious by Marion Ravenwood. He then fell on the Flying Wing's controls and started the engines up accidentally, setting into motion a sequence of events that would lead to his own death when the plane exploded. Jones and Ravenwood managed to escape.
Behind the scenesEdit
The Pilot was played by producer Frank Marshall in Raiders of the Lost Ark as a cameo appearance. Marshall had produced the four Indiana Jones films and later went to play a tourist during the Nang Tao Airport scene in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
During the early development of the film's original script written by Lawrence Kasdan, Indiana Jones was originally going to fight against the Pilot, not against the German Mechanic, at the Flying Wing scene. Some concept art was made for the scene before it was cut in subsequent drafts.
In the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! at Disney World, the Pilot actually survives the plane fight, as he leaves the Flying Wing after landing the plane, yelling at the German Mechanic before getting a motorcycle ride to the Nazi camp. Marion Ravenwood thus enters the plane right before the fight between Indy and the mechanic begins unopposed.
In LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures, the Pilot is absent from the Flying Wing fight sequence, with the German Mechanic being the only character from the film's scene making an appearance. As the Flying Wing is left out in the sequel, the Pilot is again absent. Depsite this, although the Pilot is absent from both LEGO video games, he is present in the Flying Wing set released by LEGO, along minifigures of Indiana Jones, the German Mechanic and Marion Ravenwood.
- Raiders of the Lost Ark novel (First appearance)
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! (Non-canonical appearance)