Crane technician Joe Cuzan has taken a few photos on the set of X-Men: First Class which give some insight into the size of the production. The images give you a look at the Blackbird (the aircraft of the X-Men seen in previous set photos) in ruins, plus a storyboard that a source more knowledgeable than myself suggested looks like “Riptide involved in some sort of fight scene.”
X-Men: First Class stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Rose Byrne, and January Jones. The film opens on June 3, 2011. Hit the jump to check out the images. [Update: Images removed at the request of the studio]
Via Comic Book Movie:
Here’s some more information on the Blackbird courtesy of Wikipedia:
When the X-Men were first introduced, they were portrayed as travelling in Professor Xavier’s private jet and helicopter, advanced but fairly conventional aircraft with remote autopilots (i.e., the Professor flew them from home). When the series resumed in 1975, the X-Men were shown using a new strato-Jet, that was visually based on a modified, scaled-up version of the Lockheed SR-71 “Blackbird” spy plane (hence the name), but was modified to carry several passengers, as well as for Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL). Some writers have referred to this design as the “SR-73″ or the “SR-77″, and is known to be canon in most plotlines of the Marvel Universe, including X-Men: Evolution, where it is referenced by Scott as the SR-77 in the first episode. The original X-Men Blackbird has been destroyed and rebuilt numerous times in the course of the team’s many adventures. The later versions incorporated technology created by the mutant inventor Forge, as well as alien (Shi’ar) technology, including weapon systems, holographic active camouflage, and engines capable of hypersonic speeds. One version of the Blackbird possessed an experimental cockpit windshield that was infused with traces of the same ruby quartz material used in Cyclops’ visor, allowing him to project and amplify his optic blasts through the windshield.