|Bald Eagle's 1977 International Transtar II
This truck has one of the more interesting histories
behind it. Thanks goes to Terry Tombaugh for
providing and verifying the backstory on this truck.
Owned by Ft. Wayne Leasing of Ft. Wayne, IN, the
truck and trailer was part of an identical fleet for
Magnavox, a US manufacturer of TV's and consumer
electronics. Ft. Wayne leasing loaned the factory
fresh truck to the production company for use in
driving scenes, but under no circumstances was it to
be damaged. The truck was supposed to have an
identical stunt double built up for the "Alverez, TX"
crash scenes (that were filmed in Estancia, NM).
Much of the Bald Eagle's romp through town,
including destroying a car dealership, was left on the
cutting room floor. Nonetheless, suffice it to say that
there was not second "stunt" truck built and the
Magnavox truck returned to Ft. Wayne Leasing with
extensive damage. According to Neil Shanebeck
who was with Ft. Wayne Leasing at the time, the
heavily damaged truck was accompanied by a hefty
check for its replacement.
Despite the audio you hear when the truck pulls out
behind Spider Mike when they join the convoy, the
truck was powered by a NTC290 Cummins and had a
Fuller Roadranger 10 speed. The pre-'77 Transtar's
in Magnavox's leased fleet had 250 Cummins
engines. According to Fred Crismon's authoritative
International truck guide, the NTC 290 was the
standard engine in the Transtar II cabover.