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Altamont family loans aircraft used in James Bond ski chase

Nick Viscio, left, helps Dan Treado, assistant curator from the International Spy Museum, load a “villainous Parahawk” from the James Bond film “The World is Not Enough,” which is owned by Viscio on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, in Knox, N.Y. Treado is taking the former movie prop to D.C., where it will be displayed in the museum. (Will Waldron/Times Union) less

Photo: Will Waldron, Albany Times Union

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Nick Viscio, left, helps Dan Treado, assistant curator from the International Spy Museum, load a “villainous Parahawk” from the James Bond film “The World is Not Enough,” which is owned by Viscio on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, in Knox, N.Y. Treado is taking the former movie prop to D.C., where it will be displayed in the museum. (Will Waldron/Times Union) less

Photo: Will Waldron, Albany Times Union

KNOX – A local aviation artifact featured in a classic chase scene in the James Bond movie “The World Is Not Enough” is on its way to the International Spy Museum in Washington.

The experimental aircraft made from a powered parachute is being loaned to the museum by Nick and Marie Viscio. The plane was designed by the family‘s company Helderberg Designs LLC from 1999 to 2015. The crafts were prominently used in a chase scene that featured Pierce Brosnan’s Bond and co-star Sophie Marcea’s Elektra King, trying to evade assassins in the parachutes as they pursue the heroes down the ski slope.

The company shipped one of the crafts to Pinewood Studios in 1999 and the studio designed the vehicles they dubbed Parahawks for the Bond movie. The vehicles swooped out of the sky at the beginning of the chase and swing in and out of the rock faces and ski trails as the assassins try to killed Bond with grenades and machine-gun fire. The 1999 movie was the second of Brosnan’s run as the iconic British spy.

Over the years, the Viscios’ craft has been used by stunt pilots at air shows and other events. A loan to the museum had been discussed in the past. An agreement was recently reached.

Museum officials were at the Viscios’ home Thursday to retrieve the aircraft and bring it to the museum, which examines the history of espionage.

The spy museum recently opened in a new building off of the National Mall at 700 L’Enfant Plaza in Washington.