Magic of Flight, The

MPAA Rating: G

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: +4

This film has not been rated by the MPAA. The G rating is Preview's designation based on the film's content and theme.

We often take air travel for granted these days. We worry more about being on time than about the plane actually being able to fly. Less than a century ago, however, sustained air flight had yet to be accomplished. Balloon flight and crude hang gliders had been used, but the first airplane was still a dream. On December 17, 1903, two bicycle repairmen from Ohio achieved what no man had done, powered flight. The Wright brothers best flight on that first day lasted a grand total of 59 seconds! And now in about 40 minutes, IMAXs film THE MAGIC OF FLIGHT takes viewers on a virtual history of flight through this century, from those early days of flying to the forefront of aviation today. Youll follow the Navys Blue Angels as they prepare for the air show season. And youll feel as though youre in the cockpit with the pilots, rocketing through the skies with glorious, sweeping views of the earths terrain thousands of feet below. THE MAGIC OF FLIGHT is an exhilarating experience for the whole family, appealing to both aircraft enthusiasts and IMAX film lovers.

This documentary succeeds in giving a full presentation on the development of airplanes and provides a learning experience for children and adults alike. As a friendly warning, THE MAGIC OF FLIGHT has plenty of spins, dives, and turns which, in true IMAX fashion, could lead to dizziness or an upset stomach. When the Blue Angels mingle with crowds at air shows, they take every opportunity to encourage kids to do the right thing but also to follow their dreams. Its intriguing to watch them push the envelope as they fly, trying to get the most from their planes and themselves. One pilot comments that they walk a fine line between perfection and disaster. In some of their riskier maneuvers, the pilots must execute perfectly, or they could lose control of the plane. Its a reminder in our own lives that we are not promised tomorrow, so we should live a life pleasing to God today. Full of fun and information, THE MAGIC OF FLIGHT makes a great trip for the whole family.

Preview Reviewer: John Adair
MacGillivray Freeman Films, P.O. Box 205, Laguna Beach, CA 92652

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Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: None

Profanity: None

Violence: None

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: None

Other: Solid historical discussion of the history of flying; IMAX filming style can lead to dizziness or upset stomachs for some viewers

Running Time: 40 minutes
Intended Audience: School Age and Up

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