Legends of Flight IMAX Film to Debut at Air and Space Museum
By Mark Kelly, EAA 608896
Boeing Chief Pilot Michael Carriker shows how all the featured aircraft in the film have contributed to aircraft design advances throughout history.
June 3, 2010 —Legends of Flight, the first flight-themed film in 3-D from from the Stephen Low Company in association with the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum is coming to a theater or science museum near you. In an effort to inspire children to become interested in science and engineering, Legends uses film and animation to tell the story of aircraft design over the history of flight. Several key aircraft are featured including: The Boeing Model 75 Stearman, Schleicher Glider, Harrier Jump Jet, Super Constellation and the Airbus A380. Filmed against the backdrop of stunning visuals that define the IMAX genre, the journey culminates with coverage of the maiden flight of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Throughout the film, the 787’s chief test pilot, Captain Mike Carriker, serves as pilot, narrator and flight instructor.He traces the genesis and birth of the Dreamlinerand also provides simple technical explanations of the principles of flight with animated visuals aimed to inspire young people to consider careers in science and engineering. The film’s producers hope that as many kids as possible will be able to see the film as it tours the country.
This is the first ever 3D flight film produced for IMAX® Theaters. In production for more than four years, Legends of Flight will premiere June 8, 2010, at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museumin Washington, D.C., followed by screenings in Chicago and Seattle, with other cities through the rest of June. A complete list of theaters can be found at the film’s website. The film will make its international debut at the Science Museum of London on July 12.