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1996 (USA) See more »
The Magic of Flight places viewers in the cockpit of a Blue Angels jet aircraft so they can experience the thrill of high performance flight... See more » | Add synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
Jet | Navy | IMAX
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Tom Selleck ... Narrator (voice)

Directed by
Greg MacGillivray 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jack Stephens  narration written by

Produced by
Alec Lorimore .... producer
Greg MacGillivray .... producer
Original Music by
Daniel May 
Steve Wood 
Cinematography by
Greg MacGillivray (director of photography)
Brad Ohlund (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Stephen Judson 
Production Management
Kathy Almon .... production manager
Sound Department
Julia Evershade .... sound effects designer: Weddington Productions
Marshall Garlington .... sound mixer: EFX Systems
Mark A. Mangini .... sound effects designer: Weddington Productions (as Mark Mangini)
Ken Teaney .... sound mixer: EFX Systems
Rob Whitehurst .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Sumit Das .... effects animator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Ford .... assistant camera
Pat Gilluly .... gaffer
Bill MacLeod .... key grip
Heather R. Roberts .... assistant camera (as Heather Roberts)
Jack Tankard .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Christopher Blum .... second assistant editor
Myles Connolly .... associate editor
Ralph Milliken .... post-production consultant: David Keighley Productions Ltd.
Matthew Muller .... post-production coordinator
Scott Price .... post-production consultant: David Keighley Productions Ltd.
Robert Walker .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Alan Deremo .... musician
Other crew
Tom Crouch .... science advisor
Fred Culick .... science advisor
Janna Emmel .... production personnel
Teresa Ferreira .... production personnel
Debbie Fogel .... production personnel
Dick Rutan .... science advisor
The Blue Angels .... special thanks
Sean Tucker .... special thanks
Patty Wagstaff .... special thanks

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40 min
Aspect Ratio:
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A piece of its time, but I liked it, 14 October 2013
Author: rgcustomer from Canada

Despite being nearly two decades old, this is a film I liked. It's certainly US-centric (and I'm not) but who cares? Using the Blue Angels to hold the film together, it touches on a few aspects of flight history, leading up to a thrilling aerobatic display concluding the film. You want to see this in a true IMAX theatre.

At first I was annoyed that much of the film was not shot in IMAX, using only a small fraction of the screen, but it does really emphasize what you're seeing when it opens up to the full giant IMAX size. The looping and spinning as you ride along is so immersive that you may feel just a bit nauseous (but it's so worth it).

I'd like to see an updated version of this film that doesn't pretend to be a history of flight, and just focuses on the Blue Angels, and other aerobatic acts.

Fun fact: the film attributes lift to the Bernoulli principle. While the principle is correct, it is NOT what keeps planes in the air, or they obviously would not be able to fly vertically or upside-down. And we've all seen stealth planes with perfectly flat wings. This part should be edited out.

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