Two New Aviation Films In The Works


Aviation films don’t come to theaters too often, and if you’ve already seen Disney’s second “Planes“animated movie this summer, that’s pretty much the whole list. But two feature films are in production that will bring airplanes back to the big screen. A documentary, “The Invisible Highway,” narrated by Harrison Ford and shot in 18 countries on seven continents, aims to “show you aviation like you’ve never seen it before,” according to the trailer. Brian J. Terwilliger, the creator of “One Six Right,” directed the film, which will reach theaters sometime next year. Also in development is “The Millionaires’ Unit,” a historical documentary about a group of Yale students who formed a private air militia in 1916, prior to the U.S. entry into World War I.

The film, a labor of love that has been in production since 2008, got a sneak preview at EAA AirVenture last week. AVweb’s Rick Durden interviewedMarc Wortman, author of the book that inspired the film, and Darroch Greer, producer of the documentary. Greer said the film will be out on DVD soon and he expects it to be shown on PBS stations and at aviation museums around the country in the near future.The independent film “Charlie Victor Romeo,” based on a stage play where all of the dialogue is taken directly from cockpit voice recorder transcripts, continues to play at small theaters and film festivals around the world. A website called Tugg enables filmgoers to request a showing, and if enough people sign up online, the filmmakers will schedule a showing in a theater or community venue. Also now making the rounds of film festivals, after a private screening last week at Oshkosh, is “Flying the Feathered Edge,” a documentary about legendary pilot Bob Hoover. The film will make its world premiere at the Rhode Island International Film Festival on Aug. 10.