Museum of Flight to Premiere New 3D Film Friday, May 26

Aircraft Carrier explores life at sea on the modern marvels of technology


SEATTLE–The Museum of Flight premieres the new 3D film, Aircraft Carrier on Friday, May 26. Media are welcome to screen the film at their convenience. For show times, visit

Aircraft Carrier is a large-format, immersive film packed with adrenaline-laced visuals and human stories that pay stirring tribute to the crucial role modern aircraft carriers play in maintaining the freedom of the seas, and keeping the sea lanes open for commerce. The film was produced by K2 Communications and Giant Screen Films, with logistical assistance provided by the Unites States Navy.

Aircraft Carrier places audiences aboard a Nimitz-class carrier, during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) maritime exercises. RIMPAC provides a striking visual context for the size and scale of the maritime drill – with over 22 nations and 55 ships participating – along with 92 fixed wing aircraft and helicopters on the carrier itself, a veritable city at sea (population nearly 5,000 crew). Aircraft Carrier brings audiences not only aboard the carrier, but also the Navy’s newest submarines and cockpit of the Navy’s next generation aircraft, the F-35. Audiences get a unique perspective on these new stealth fighters, observing their advanced technology systems and experiencing the pilot’s perspective as it catapults off from the carrier into flight.

Aircraft Carrier features stunning and extensive computer generated visualizations of the technology that makes a carrier the preeminent maritime vessel – the apex warship – in naval history. The RIMPAC exercise recognizes the international cooperation necessary to maintain peace in a complex world,” said Stephen Low, the film’s award winning director of Fighter Pilot, and 16 other IMAX documentary classics. “It is certainly a film that should engage all viewers – from military history enthusiasts, engineering buffs, to fans of futuristic technology… and, of course, giant screen movie audiences that love being transported to a place they are unlikely to ever go themselves.”

The Museum of Flight’s Director of Sales and Visitor Experience Rich Rime added, “A test audience responded very enthusiastically to the film when we screened it earlier in the year. Kids, in particular, were very engaged. Aircraft Carrier will be a great addition to everything that the Museum offers; we are excited to premiere it this holiday weekend.”

For students and educators, Aircraft Carrier also provides an engaging learning experience focusing on STEM subjects. Throughout the film, crew members are shown using innovative technology to solve real world problems, showcasing careers in math, science, technology, and engineering.

About K2 Communications:

K2 Communications operates as a studio for the museum film industry, handling funding, production oversight, distribution and marketing for nonfiction films distributed to IMAX, Giant Screen, and other specialty theaters located in museums, science centers, zoos, aquaria and other destination venues. K2 is also a leading distributor to TV and other non-theatrical platforms worldwide.  Its catalogue not only contains Giant Screen /IMAX films, but a wide variety of non-IMAX documentaries, plus action sports, lifestyle, travel and music related programming. For additional information, visit

About Giant Screen Films (GSF):

Since 1997, GSF has established itself as a pioneer in the large-format industry, producing and distributing films that push the boundaries of the medium. Through the magic of immersive sight and sound technologies, GSF’s productions challenge the imaginations of children and adults, offering an inspiring perspective on the world and an unforgettable theater experience. Meaningful educational collaboration and partnerships extend each film’s impact far beyond the theater. The company is recognized as one of the world’s leading and most active large-format producers and is based in Evanston, Illinois. For additional information, visit

About The Museum of Flight:

Founded in 1965, the independent, nonprofit Museum of Flight is one of the largest air and space museums in the world, serving more than 560,000 visitors annually. The Museum’s collection includes more than 160 historically significant airplanes and spacecraft, from the first fighter plane (1914) to today’s 787 Dreamliner. Attractions at the 20-acre, 5-building Seattle campus include the original Boeing Company factory, and the only full-scale NASA Space Shuttle Trainer. With a foundation of aviation history, the Museum is also a hub of news and dialogue with leaders in the emerging field of private spaceflight ventures. The Museum’s aviation and space library and archives are the largest on the West Coast. More than 150,000 individuals are served annually by the Museum’s onsite and outreach educational programs. The Museum of Flight is accredited by the American Association of Museums, and is an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.

The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle, Exit 158 off Interstate 5 on Boeing Field halfway between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Museum admission for adults is $23.00 on-site and $21.00 online. Youth 5 through 17 are $14.00 on-site and $13 online, youth 4 and under are free. Seniors 65 and over $19 on-site and $18 online. Groups of ten or more: $21.00 per adult, $13.00 per youth, Thanks to Wells Fargo, on the first Thursday of every month, admission is free from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. And parking is always free. There is a full lunch menu café in the Museum and a limited menu café in the Aviation Pavilion, both operated by McCormick & Schmick’s. For general Museum information, please call 206-764-5720 or visit

- The Museum of Flight

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