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'Living in the Age of Airplanes' opens Sept. 5 at Air Force Museum Theatre

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  • By Eric Henry
  • Air Force Museum Foundation

The National Geographic film Living in the Age of Airplanes will be added to the Air Force Museum Theatre’s daily schedule beginning Sept. 5. National Geographic Studios presents an immersive new giant screen film experience that offers a fresh perspective on a modern-day miracle that many of us take for granted: flying. Using spectacular aerial and nature photography, Living in the Age of Airplanes carries audiences across 200,000 years of history and around the globe on an epic journey to 95 locations in 18 countries spanning seven continents to remind us how, in a single century, aviation has changed our world forever. Narrated by actor and pilot Harrison Ford, Living in the Age of Airplanes premiered in IMAX®, giant screen, 15/70mm dome screens and digital cinemas nationwide.  


Produced and directed by Brian J. Terwilliger (“One Six Right”), Living in the Age of Airplanes features an original score by Academy Award®-winning composer and pilot James Horner (“Avatar,” “Titanic”) and cinematography by Andrew Waruszewski.


The film highlights the astonishingly rapid advancements that have led to a world in which 100,000 flights take off and land every day. During the vast majority of mankind’s existence, walking was the fastest means of travel. Yet today, just 175 years after the introduction of the steam engine, boarding a jet to travel thousands of miles in a matter of hours is more often viewed as an inconvenience than a world-changing technological marvel.


“Since we were all born into a world with airplanes, it’s hard to imagine that jet travel itself is only 60 years old, just a tick on the timeline of human history,” said Terwilliger. “With this film, we want to reignite people’s wonder for one of the most extraordinary aspects of the modern world.”


Living in the Age of Airplanes is the perfect film for National Geographic,” said Brooke Runnette, president of National Geographic Studios. “It combines the best of exploration and adventure, anthropology, geography and aviation -- using captivating visuals to inspire and engage audiences on a variety of levels.”


Living in the Age of Airplanes is a perfect fit for the Air Force Museum Theatre located in Dayton, Ohio, the birthplace of aviation and inside the National Museum of the U.S. Force. Journey to Space and Fighter Pilot will also be shown daily in the theatre. For information, please call (937) 253-4629 or visit    


The theatre is operated by the Air Force Museum Foundation, Inc., a Section 501(c)(3) private, non-profit organization that assists the Air Force in the development and expansion of the facilities of the National Museum of the United States Air Force. For more information on the Air Force Museum Foundation, visit The Air Force Museum Foundation is not part of the Department of Defense or any of its components and it has no governmental status.


About the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, is the world’s largest military aviation museum. With free admission and parking, the museum features more than 360 aerospace vehicles and missiles and thousands of artifacts amid more than 17 acres of indoor exhibit space.  Each year about one million visitors from around the world come to the museum.  For more information, visit


About National Geographic Studios

National Geographic Studios is the video and film production division of the National Geographic Society, one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations, whose mission is to inspire, illuminate and teach. From television series and specials to giant screen, from mobile video to digital news and educational content, National Geographic Studios’ productions embody the Society’s long-standing reputation for stunning visuals and captivating storytelling. National Geographic Studios has received nearly 150 Emmy Awards and almost 1,000 other industry accolades, including recognition from the Peabody Awards, DuPont Columbia Awards, multiple film and museum industry awards and the highest honors from natural history film festivals. National Geographic Studios also produces and distributes giant screen and digital 3D films for the museum cinema industry. Brooke Runnette is president of National Geographic Studios.


About Terwilliger Productions

Terwilliger Productions is an independent production company based in Los Angeles that produces high-quality, thought-provoking films. The company is best known for the aviation documentary “One Six Right,” a film that celebrates local airports as unsung heroes, which was distributed worldwide. For more information, visit

NOTE TO PULIC: For more information, please contact the Air Force Museum Theatre at (937) 253-4629 ,visit or email


NOTE TO MEDIA: For more information contact: Mary Bruggeman, Chief, Theatre Operations, (937) 656-9623,  or Eric Henry, Theatre Manager, (937) 656-9627,