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Experience the thrill of a Blue Angels air show while learning of the science and history of flight. Featuring cutting edge aerial photography, this is the story of human potential and the importance of training and performance. 

In The Magic of Flight, we are inspired by a bird’s innate ease to take flight and review early flight attempts, as well as the ultimate successful flight of the Wright Brothers in 1903. The variety and versatility of today’s flying machines are also displayed throughout the film. We learn how the Harrier jet mimics a bird’s landing and take-off. The jet can be delicately maneuvered at slow speeds yet capable of moving over 500 mph. We also witness naval aviators, with the ability to fly up to 1,300 mph, precisely land on an aircraft carrier, the most difficult maneuver in all of aviation.


"...especially impressive is the cinematography that features pilots traveling at hundreds of miles per hour under tremendous G-force pressure…one of the best examples of combining science and nature on the big screen."
—Times-Dispatch, Richmond, VA

"…images of dizzying beauty, many of them taken from the point of view of the Angel’s pilot…grapple with the technology that makes vertical spins survivable.” 
—The Seattle Times

"Fasten your seat belts and place your seat in the upright position, because you're in for one exhilarating excursion."
—Times Colonist, Victoria

"Watching the Blue Angels Air Show won't be the same ever again. The film all but puts the audience in the cockpit."
—The Pensacola News Journal



The Magic of Flight Blu-ray DVD

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The Magic of Flight DVD
Includes two discs: one regular DVD and one WMV HD* disc.

*WMV HD (Windows Media High Definition Video) delivers our giant screen film’s breathtaking photography at approximately six times the resolution of a conventional DVD.

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  • Credits

The Magic of Flight Poster

A MacGillivray Freeman Film
For the National Museum of Naval Aviation
Made possible through the sponsorship of
McDonnell Douglas

A film for IMAX® Theatres and
giant screen cinemas from two-time
Academy Award®-nominated producers
MacGillivray Freeman Films

Narrated by Tom Selleck