Air Force Museum Hosts Aviation Film Festival


To celebrate the installation of its giant new movie screen, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, in Dayton, Ohio, is hosting an all-aviation film festival, April 12 to 14. The museum’s 400-seat theater is reopening after an $800,000 renovation, featuring a high-definition digital 3D screen that stands six stories high and an all-new sound system. The Reel Stuff Film Festival of Aviation will feature at least 10 films, including documentaries and features, with each screening introduced by a special guest. A digitally remastered version of the 1927 classic film Wings will be shown, presented by William Wellman, Jr., the director’s son; and Top Gun 3D will be introduced by Clay Lacy, the film’s aerial cinematographer.

Other films on the agenda are Memphis Belle, Honor Flight, Air Racers 3D, and more. Each film will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the special guests. “We’ve put together an unforgettable weekend, not only for aviation buffs and students of history, but also anyone who loves the art of the cinema or is fascinated by learning the technical, ‘behind-the-scenes’ aspect of filmmaking,” said Mary Bruggeman, chief of theater operations for the museum. “It’s a rare opportunity to meet and mingle with the talented filmmakers responsible for some of our favorite aviation movies, and get a sneak peek at some new projects being shared for the first time.” The full schedule and ticket prices are posted online.