By Glenn Pew, Contributing Editor, Video Editor
Gary Sinise plans to donate to charity all proceeds from his new DVD, "High Flight," a newly released documentary that follows his flight in a Lockheed U2 Dragon Lady and comes fresh on the heels of the CIA's release of that aircraft's "Utility Flight Handbook." The CIA last week declassified the Lockheed's 1959 flight handbook, a 259-page booklet adorned with cartoons of an anthropomorphized aircraft dealing with the loss of its vertical tail, complex camera operations and more. Sinise was able to wrangle a flight in the aircraft, making him one of perhaps fewer than 1,000 people to have accomplished that. The High Flight Trailer is available online and AVweb is hosting a copy of the flight handbook.
The Gary Sinese Foundation is hosting sales of the High Flight DVD and will be the recipient of all proceeds acquired through its sale. The trailer is available, here. The foundation supports active duty military, veterans, first responders and their families through programs "designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and build communities." The foundation's prior activities involve a partnership with the Tunnel to Towers Foundation to create homes with automated amenities "for our nation's most severely wounded veterans."
The recently released Utility Flight Handbook for the Lockheed U2 is available (as a large [18 MB] download -- be prepared to wait) here.