The Aviator (1985) is an American adventure film directed by George T. Miller. The story of the film was adapted by Marc Norman from the book The Aviator written by Ernest K. Gann. The film stars Rosanna Arquette as Tillie Hansen, the teenage daughter of a wealthy banker, and Christopher Reeve as Edgar Anscombe, a pilot in the US Air Mail Service.
Though set in the northwestern United States, the movie was actually filmed in Slovenia near Kranjska Gora, which was then part of Yugoslavia.
The film begins in 1918, at a US Army Air Corps flying school where Edgar (Christopher Reeve) is a flight instructor giving a young pilot landing instruction. During one of the landing attempts, the plane crashes and the young pilot is killed, though Edgar survives.
Ten years pass, and Edgar has become a Contract Air Mail pilot flying the rugged CAM-5 route between Elko, Nevada and Pasco, Washington, with a stopover in Boise, Idaho. When asked to take a passenger, Edgar reluctantly agrees, revealing that the last time he had a passenger in his plane, it was the doomed trainee from the opening sequence.
Tillie Hansen (Rosanna Arquette) is outspoken and rebellious. She makes it clear that she does