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The Magic of Flight

bigImage THE MAGIC OF FLIGHT brings the thrill of flight and jet aircraft technology to the big screen with a film that balances the excitement of a Blue Angels air show with the science and history of flight.

The film begins by examining how birds fly and reviews the success of the Wright Brothers' first flight in 1903. Steering from earlier flight ventures to modern aviation, audiences are introduced to high-performance jets.

The variety and versatility of today's flying machines are displayed throughout the film. In addition, we see naval aviators with the ability to fly up to 1,300 mph, precisely land on an aircraft carrier, the most difficult maneuver in all of aviation. More than a story of machines, THE MAGIC OF FLIGHT is the story of human potential and the importance of training and performance.

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Magic of Flight: Aircraft Carrier [Real Surestream]

Magic of Flight: Trailer [Real 300 K]

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A MacGillivray Freeman Film for the National Museum of Naval Aviation, Pensacola, Florida. Producers: Greg MacGillivray, Alec Lorimore. Director: Greg MacGillivray. Editor: Stephen Judson. Narration Written by Jack Stephens. Narrator: Tom Selleck. Music by Steve Wood. This film was made possible through the sponsorship of McDonnell Douglas; F/A-18 Industry Partners: Northrop-Grumman Corp; Hughes Aircraft Company; and GE Aircraft Engines. Distributed by MacGillivray Freeman Films. Japanese Distributor: Sarai Inc.

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Outside Reviews:

"Omnimax takes flight" By Craig Kopp, Cincinnati Post

"Uncle Sam wants you to fly" By Amanda Selfridge, eye Weekly

"The Magic of Flight (DVD Review)" By digitally

"Intense movie approximates the magic of flight" By Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star

"The Magic of Flight" By Margaret McGurk, The Cincinnati Enquirer

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