Aviation: The Invisible Highway – Coming Soon

Aviation: The Invisible Highway is an upcoming documentary IMAX movie which is due for release in 2015.

Directed by Brian J. Terwilliger and narrated by Actor, Harrison Ford, the documentary explores how flight has changed the world.

Filmed in 18 countries and seven continents, it looks at how in a single century, flying became a reality.

With over 50,000 routes between any two points, how many of us give it another thought when we hop on an aircraft to travel somewhere?

According to the filmmaker, no CGI was used in the making of it and I’ve got to say, I’m pretty amazed at the footage.

If the trailer is anything to go by it’s beautifully shot and I hope it does make it to Australian shores.

Enjoy the trailer! (Rhi)

 

 

 

OshKosh Awesomeness #4 – The Ford Tri-Motor

It’s an aircraft nicknamed “The Tin Goose” but the Henry Ford produced  Tri-Motor which was built for passenger travel.

Ford Tri motor at #osh14

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Meet “City of Wichita” or Serial #5-AT-8, Registration #N9645 for the ardent avgeek.

This little beauty from 1929 was originally owned by the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in Oregon before being acquired by the Liberty Aviation Museum in Ohio.

“Wichita” was part of the first transcontinental air and rail service which was called the Transcontinental Air Transport (TAT later becoming TWA).

Two Ford Tri-Motors took off on July 7, 1929 on their way to New York to Los Angeles on a route that was set out by Charles Lindbergh and with passengers that included Aviatrix, Amelia Earhart.

The aircraft went via Columbus, Ohio (and a few other places) before landing at Glendale, California showing that it was possible to fly from coast to coast in 48 hours.

The Tri-Motor has been referenced in pop culture appearing in Chapter 1 of Flash Gordon (1936) and got its time on celluloid in 1984’s Indian Jones and the Temple of Doom and The Untouchables (1987).

Tri-Motor stopped production in June, 1933 and out of 199 made, only 18 still exist (8 of which are airworthy).

You can find more pictures of the “City of Wichita” here

OshKosh Awesomeness #3 – AirVenture

Aircraft, aircraft and more aircraft!

This photo says it all, no more words needed to describe Airventure 2014.