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From the late 1980s to the early 1990s, Klingon Lt. CDR. Worf was one of the most visible characters on the hit TV show Star Trek: The Next Generation And Star Trek: Deep Space NineActor and pilot Michael Dorn, who was cast as Worf, made the character his own and appeared in 276 episodes, the most of any other cast member. star trek Franchise history.

For Dorn, changing into Worf every day was a lengthy process due to the amount of makeup and prosthetics required to bring the character to life. But when the cameras stopped rolling, it wasn’t Starship company The one that caught Dorn’s attention was a Cessna 172 Skyhawk. But there was a problem.

You see, Michael Dorn likes fast planes. Very quick. After looking at some general aviation aircraft, he began buying and flying a long list of former US military fighter jets. This desire to go fast also explains why he now drives a Tesla Model X P100D. “It has a ‘ridiculous’ mode,” says Dorn. “I live for the driveway!”

in an interview with flightDorn discusses his love of fast airships and how he made Worf so popular star trek Character

Flying Magazine (FM): You have a Cessna 172, 310, and 340A, and a Citation 501SP, plus a SOCATA Trinidad TB-20, and a Beechcraft Baron 55. What do you have that satisfies your need for speed?

Michael Dorn (MD): I have been fortunate enough to have owned several military aircraft, including the Casa Sita HA200, the Lockheed T-33, the North American F-86C, and the North American Sabreliner 40A. But the one plane I’ve always wanted is the Lockheed F-104 Starfighter. The 104 will be my last plane because it goes really fast.

FM: Since the military cannot sell its used aircraft directly to the public, how can civilians buy these decommissioned military aircraft?

MD: Previously, publications dealing with aircraft had a section on combat aircraft. Surely you have always seen some T-33, F-86, MiG-21 and L-39. Now operations that do disparate air training with the military need fast planes for US pilots to train in, so they fly some pretty cool stuff. When they are done with these jets, civilians can take them to fly as experimental display aircraft.

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FM: Tell me about the excitement you feel while flying your fighter jets.

MD: Since childhood I wanted to be a fighter pilot because I like aerobatics and speed. The jets I fly can do Mach 1 or Mach 2 and that kind of speed is exciting. When you are on the ground or going through the clouds, you have a sense of movement. But just blasting through a clear blue sky, it doesn’t seem that fast until you look at your airspeed indicator and see Mach 0.96 and realize, okay, that’s that fast. Is!

FM: Do you use flying to escape your work as an actor?

MD: yes all the time When I was working on the show I flew on weekends at the same time it was in full release. I compare it to meditation because you think of nothing but keeping the plane in the air. And with a bubble canopy, you really do have a different perspective of the beautiful land below. I get a little ethereal and wonder what the problem is here, what are we arguing about?

FM: How did Worf’s character develop? Do you have any input on what we saw on screen?

MD: The cast was already working together when they decided to add the character of Worf. I went to read for the role and was in makeup within an hour. They gave me no advice on what the character was or what they wanted to make of him. I asked the show’s creator, Gene Roddenberry, what his vision was for Worf, and he said I should just make the character my own. For an actor, it’s like Christmas.

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After researching a few general aviation aircraft, actor Michael Dorn set about buying and flying a long list of former US military fighter jets. [Credit: Jeff Berlin]

FM: What influenced the way you developed the character?

MD: The rest of the cast were really nice people on and off screen, lots of laughs, happy to go into space together. It influenced me to make Worf the opposite, because he was a professional soldier, didn’t joke, didn’t smile, and was kind of gruff and furious. Fortunately, the writers took note of that and wrote some great stuff with that in mind.

FM: What is one quality that a young person needs if he wants to start acting as a career?

MD: They must be thick-skinned and resilient, as this is a tough thing to do. When I started there were only three television channels, that’s all. Now with all the cable and streaming work there is so much that if someone knows their craft the chances of working and making a living as an actor are very good. To reach the top and become a star, you have to be very good at your craft. Even if you’re not a star, you can still be a character actor and work all the time.

FM: Much has been said about Worf’s makeup on the show. What was it like taking everything on and off at the end of each day’s shoot?

MD: When we started, it took three hours to apply makeup and glue to the prosthetics. By the end of my run as Worf, that was down to an hour and 45 minutes. It was quite challenging because they literally put glue on your face, and you have to wear it for 15 hours. When I made myself up as Worf, I couldn’t go to the Commissariat for lunch because when I came back they would have to meet again. That part of the role made my skin crawl.

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FM: Once you became Worf, did you stay in character on set?

MD: No, I’m not one of those actors who has to be in character to do the job. They said “action” and I did my line as Worf; And if he said, “cut,” I just said “thank you” and went about my business. At first, people saw me as Worf and assumed I was gruff and cunning too because I wore makeup to do so. But it wasn’t like that at all. I’m not like Worf in that respect.

FM: Now that Captain Kirk has gone into space, is that a ride you want to take?

MD: No, because it’s dangerous even if they don’t go to class. It’s one of those things you have no control over. They put you in a missile and just shoot you. For the money they’re willing to upgrade, I’d rather use it to buy an F-104.

Dorn would rather fly a fighter jet than go into space. [Courtesy: Michael Dorn]

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Name one person you would most like to fly with, dead or alive.

bob vacuum cleaner

If you could fly an airplane or a helicopter, what would it be?

Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird

Which airport would you like to fly to one day?

Airport in Lukla, Nepal [VNLK]Yes!

What has been the greatest innovation in aviation?

There are two: technological advances, including jet engines, and GPS.

Would Worf have been a good fighter pilot?

He would have been an incredible fighter pilot because, like real fighter pilots, he was unafraid.

What would you do if you weren’t flying?

play tennis Wherever I lived, I made sure there was a courthouse within a 2 or 3 mile radius.

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