Airplane! is a 1980 comedy film written and directed by the team of Jim Abrahams and David Zucker and Jerry Zucker. It was followed by Airplane II: The Sequel in 1982, without the involvement of the Zucker brothers or Abrahams.
- In The Great Muppet Caper, during the song "Night Life," the Happiness Hotel bus drives past a theater marquee, listing Airplane! (along with Xanadu, Life of Brian, and Rough Cut).
- In the "Elmo the Musical" segment "President the Musical," Elmo and one of his Sheep-ret Service agents have an exchange borrowed from the "but that's not important right now" running gag in the film when they receive a call from The Pentagon.
- In a 2017 Vanity Fair YouTube video, Bert and Ernie quote the "Don't call me Shirley" exchange (with Ernie reading Dr. Rumack's lines).
- In a sketch with Guy Smiley hosting a reunion dinner for things beginning with "SH", Guy says to a Fat Blue Short King, "But surely..." who replies, "And don't call me Shirley!"
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar played Roger Murdock
- Barbara Billingsley played the jive lady
- Julie Hagerty played Elaine Dickinson
- David Leisure played the first Krishna
- Ethel Merman played Lt. Hurwitz
- Leslie Nielsen played Dr. Rumack
- William Shatner played Commander Buck Murdock in Airplane II
- Robert Stack played Kramer