Rafael spots a Tecsun S-2000 in “The Captain”

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Rafael Rodríguez R., who writes:

Greetings from Colombia!

In a Chinese film called “The Captain” (2019) or in its Spanish title “Terror in the Air” that recreates the situations experienced in 2018 by Sichuan Airlines flight 3U8633, when on their trip from Chongqing to Lhasa, they lost pressure due to a broken windshield on the passenger side.

In a scene where an aviation fan finds out about the situation of the plane, a Tecsun model S-2000 appears; which inherited the design and technology of the Grundig Satellit 750, and has also been produced under the Eton brand. It can be seen that the radio is tuned to the 11465 kHz frequency and although it is not a frequency assigned to air mobile traffic, it is very close to a range established for this purpose.

The film also shows what appear to be actual air traffic control centers in China and shows the deployment of airport emergency services in China under the administration of the CAAC.


A little error in the scene is that the radio does not have an external antenna connected, only the telescopic antenna is extended.

Thank you for sharing this, Rafael! Sounds like a great film, especially for us aviation geeks. 

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3 thoughts on “Rafael spots a Tecsun S-2000 in “The Captain”

  1. DanH

    The Tecsun S-2000 and Eton 750 are famous for out-of-tune IFs, wobbly tuning knobs, birdies galore and a pre-2006 design that can’t resolve shortwave to better than a couple of hundred Hz. An XHDATA-D-808 will tune circles around it for a fraction of the cost. This Tecsun or Eton branded drug store radio is a largely oversized, air-filled plastic box embellished with faux military styling for those who want armed-services cred by showing off fake milspec equipment to the ignorant astonishment of total shortwave radio noobs. In short, a perfect choice for a Chinese film prop shortwave radio. The knob on the end of the telescopic whip antenna (not shown) won several awards. It is large enough that users can store Cheeze-Its on top of it and so large that beginners won’t poke their eyes out with it.


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