The 'Furious 7' plane that just won't quit

Story highlights

  • The type of plane used for a jaw-dropping stunt in "Furious 7" is 60 years old
  • Lockheed's C-130 Hercules is the longest continuously produced military plane in history
  • C-130 factory in Georgia celebrates the flight of the first C-130 production model

Marietta, Georgia (CNN)The little-known star of this week's No. 1 car chase movie, "Furious 7" isn't a car. It's an airplane.

Film producers hired a Lockheed C-130 Hercules to fly five cars 12,000 feet high, open a cargo door at the rear of the plane and parachute them out in a spectacular free-fall stunt.