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Video: Air Racers 3D (IMAX) - Fly Into The Valley Of Speed!


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 It would at first seem that the timing of this new IMAX theater film project called Air Racers 3D couldn't be worse... with production running thru Reno 2009 and 2010 with the goal of showcasing the amazing world of low-fast-left air racing, it seemed like the perfect concept. But then the unimaginable Jimmy Leeward Galloping Ghost tragedy took place at Reno 2011 taking the lives of 11 people and seriously injuring many more. Would the Reno Air Races even be able to continue? On the surface it seemed like maybe air racing just wasn't safe anymore... but when you look closer at the accident, you realize that tragedy is part of the human experience, and as much as we wish life could be completely safe with all the right planning, the truth is that lives are lost everyday as a result of circumstances that simply couldn't be prepared for.

 With the spirit of air racing fans intact and the desire to move forward with safety the number one priority (as it has always been) the Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) announced in early January the intention to move forward with plans for the 2012 Reno Air Races, working hard to secure all the needed permits and approvals. And now, Air Racers 3D not only has its place as a film, but you might even say that the timing for it now actually couldn't be any better. The reason is that this amazing IMAX film will do much to help others see what air racing is all about... more people than ever before will see that this isn't a pack of wild out-of-control pilots, but rather that Reno air racing is a large number of incredibly dedicated individuals and teams that work very hard to safely bring the fastest motorsport in the world to thousands and thousands of enthusiast fans. Air Racers 3D is actually in a position to help the sport of air racing to survive.

Young champion Steven Hinton is showcased in the Air Racers 3D IMAX film

 As can be seen in Air Racers 3D trailer video above, the visuals for this IMAX film are amazing. The 45 minute film will give us all the kind of visual experience most of us have wanted to have but never expected to get. The film crew had unprecedented access to the races, the teams and the airplanes... and when you add IMAX cameras and the IMAX theater, the end result will be incredibly dramatic.


Amazing cockpit view on the Reno air race course... F7F Tigercat off your wingtip!

 The film is initially opening in a few selected IMAX theaters: on April 5th at the U.S. Space & Rocket center in Huntsville Alabama and at National Infantry Museum in Columbus Georgia. On April 6th the film opens at the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola Florida and at the Kansas Cosmosphere & Space center in Hutchinson Kansas. If you're anywhere near these locations I highly recommend you go support this project. As far as I'm concerned, just two minutes worth of the visuals of the racers on the course would be well worth the price of admission! More locations will be announced soon.


Some of the IMAX film crew as they capture Reno jet racers on takeoff

The video above gives some great insight into the making of Air Racers 3D. And it's not just about the technical side of the project, but the work requires to put the film together safely and with the trust of the pilots and teams involved. Seeing this behind the scenes video makes the film project even more compelling.


Rare Bear being prepared in its Reno hangar for the world's fastest motorsport
The amazing line up of Unlimited air racers in front of thousands of Reno fans

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Reader Comments (5)

I am glad they are going forward with this spectacular movie. 35000 people die on our nation's highways every year in spite of many safety plans and provisions yet we still keep driving our cars on those roads. Death in any activity, like you said, is a part of the human experience. We can learn from the accidents, make appropriate corrections and move on.

March 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPeter Krentz

Full of yearning, with a sense of respect

March 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjenny

Very good, also want to try
a lovely day

March 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJOJO

Brilliant teaser! That plane landing on a moving car? Ammmmazing.

March 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAirport List

I really, REALLY hope they can bring this somewhere near San Bernardino, I want to see it so bad!

March 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJenessa

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