"Oh, that's just my pet snake, Reggie."
―Jock Lindsey[src]

Jock Lindsey was an American freelance pilot. He was frequently hired by Indiana Jones to fly the archaeologist to remote parts of the world. Easygoing and affable, Lindsey notably butted heads with Jones on one subject: his pet snake, Reggie.

Biography[edit | edit source]

An American, Jock Lindsey cut his teeth as a stunt pilot performing in Midwest US airshows and aerial demonstrations but relocated to Venezuela, which was rumored to be after a flight-related tragedy. Jock enjoyed flying the less-frequented skies of South America and did many of his travels above the continent and Central America, transporting American businessmen in search of oil, surveyors charting new settlements and even explorers. During his travels, he established a few good contacts at the airfields he visited.[1]

In 1934, Lindsey flew Indiana Jones to South America to search for the Calendar of the Sun after the archaeologist was stranded in Havana.[3]

In June 1936, Lindsey flew Jones and Marcus Brody to Tibet, in search of Francis Beresford-Hope and his piece of the key to an underground Siberian tomb. While Jones and Brody went to Beresford-Hope's Cave, Lindsey stayed with the plane, OB1, in the valley. Lindsey was relaxing peacefully in the cockpit when he heard Jones yelling to start the plane - Jones, Brody, and Alex Beresford-Hope were running to the plane, being chased by Tibetan bandits. Lindsey started taxiing the plane, while the three boarded, accompanied by one of the bandits. As the plane started to take off, the engines died, and the plane fell off of a cliff. Luckily, Lindsey was able to restart the engines and avoid crashing. After the bandit was kicked out of the plane with a parachute, Lindsey flew the three men to Shanghai.[4]

Lindsey in his flight gear.

Later that year, Lindsey took Indiana Jones to Peru in his biplane OB-CPO, where the archaeologist retrieved (and immediately lost) the golden Chachapoyan Fertility Idol before demanding a hurried retreat. While Jones was escaping from the Hovitos, Lindsey relaxed by trying to fish from the pontoon of his seaplane. Jones' arrival necessitated a hasty departure, and the fishing rod was lost. While the flight out was uneventful for Lindsey, Jones was aghast at having to share the front seat with Reggie.[2]

Following his adventures with the Ark of the Covenant, Jones hired Lindsey in order to get an aerial view of some ruins in the Aleutian Islands.[5]

In 1938, Lindsey took Jones over Florida to help the archaeologist in his hunt for the location of the Fountain of Youth. During that time, Lindsey spotted a small town and was so taken with it that he eventually returned in 1948 to establish a hangar on its waterfront with an air tour service to which he invited fellow members of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers to drink. In 1955, the small airfield was established as a hangar bar.[6]

Personality and traits[edit | edit source]

Photograph of Indiana Jones and Lindsey

Jock Lindsey was a trustworthy and fairly good pilot who preferred a calm and peaceful pace of lifestyle which was part of the appeal of his relocation from the US to South America when flying there didn't promise more money than back during his days as a stunt pilot.[1]

Lindsey liked to fish and kept exotic pets, some of which he acquired simply by collecting them from out of the jungle as he worked.[1] He was particularly fond of his pet snake Reggie who he even let rest in his biplane, much to his employer Indiana Jones' annoyance.[2] Lindsey was also a fan of baseball and wore the cap of the New York Yankees, often listening to games on the radio.[1]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Jock Lindsey was portrayed by professional pilot Fred Sorenson in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Jock has the distinction of being Sorenson's sole acting credit. Following the release of Raiders, Sorenson opted for a quiet life as a commercial airline pilot. However, he "collaborated" again with director Steven Spielberg when he flew to Kauai to save Spielberg and the crew of Jurassic Park after a hurricane stranded them.

In Lawrence Kasdan's screenplay drafts for the film, Jock is British, and Campbell Black's novelization further specifies him as being Scottish. However, the character's accent in the final version of the film clearly identifies him as American, with which the Raiders of the Lost Ark Sourcebook agrees.

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