Grand re-opening of 3D movie theater next week at Museum of Flight

SEATTLE — The Museum of Flight’s William M. Allen Theater re-opens July 6 after extensive renovations and technical upgrades.

Celebrating the grand opening, the theater will be among the first in the country to premier “Fighter Pilot 3D: Operation Red Flag,” the 48-minute Stephen Low Company and K2 Communications documentary adventure in 3D, with a pilot’s-view experience into the danger and complexity of high speed combat flying.

The film follows U.S. Air Force Capt. John “Otter” Stratton as he engages in Red Flag international air combat flight training exercises in his F-15 Eagle fighter.

Several of the July 6 screenings will be personally introduced by retired U.S. Air Force fighter pilots who flew in the movie and have flown numerous Red Flag exercises and combat operations.

Screenings on the hour. Adults $5 with admission to the museum; $8 for movie only. Children $4 with admission; $7 for movie only. Museum Members: $

Aviation fans should know that the film features 20 F-15E Strike Eagles, representing four American squadrons, considered by many to be the greatest fighter ever built. The Germans brought six of their European-built Tornados. These aircraft are known for their sophisticated electronics. The Israeli’s arrived with six F-16’s. The Canadians brought F-18 Hornets from Alberta and Quebec. The British Royal Navy flew their famous Harrier jump jets used mostly for close ground support. Additional American-supplied aircraft for the film include bomber, fighter and attack aircraft B-1, B-2, F-117, F-15C, F-15E, F-16, A-10; search and rescue aircraft HH-60; reconnaissance aircraft U-2, aerial refueling KC-10; airlift support C-130 and C-17; and the E-3 airborne warning and control system AWACS.

The film is directed by Stephen Low (“Volcanoes of the Deep Sea,” “Super Speedway”), produced by The Stephen Low Company, and is a presentation of K2 Communications (Adventures in Wild California). Major funding was provided by The Boeing Company. “Fighter Pilot 3D: Operation Red Flag” held its world premiere in Washington, D.C. at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum and Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center IMAX Theater. The film is being re-released in digital 3D with the help of PassmoreLab.

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