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Sneak a Peek at a new IMAX film and
experience life in the pilot’s seat of an F-15 Eagle
“Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag”
is the ultimate aerial combat experience
Aug. 19 - 22

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Aug. 9, 2005) – Suit up and settle in to the cockpit of the F-15E Strike Eagle, considered by many to be the greatest fighter aircraft ever built as audiences are invited to a special showing of the IMAX film, “Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag.”

The film follows a young F-15 fighter pilot through Red Flag, the final training phase before pilots are sent into actual combat.

“This is the closest an audience will ever get to flying in the middle of a massive air combat operation,” said Stephen Low, director/producer.

John Stratton is a young American fighter pilot who flies the F-15 Eagle, arguably the most potent and successful fighter plane ever built. His grandfather was a decorated World War II flying ace, and he intended to follow in his footsteps.

At Red Flag, the international training exercise for air forces of allied countries, many of the world’s best pilots meet for the most challenging flying of their careers. Red Flag is the final training for pilots and their aircrews before being sent into actual combat. Viewers follow Stratton as he makes his way through this extraordinary event held in the desert of Nevada. He is amazed at how complex, challenging and dangerous the exercises are.

He begins to notice team members who were not a part of his childhood vision of heroism, the support team crucial to a successful mission, and to a safe return home. In the aerial combat exercises, there are other pilots who aren’t out just to prove themselves; they are helping him -- watching his back. And he is doing the same for them. He begins to realize that being a hero is not quite as simple as he once might have thought.

Showtimes for “Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag”:

Fri., Aug. 19: 6, 8 & 9 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 20: 6 & 8 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 21: 4 & 6 p.m.
Mon., Aug. 22: 6 p.m.

For additional information and showtimes call 266-IMAX or visit: http://www.tnaqua.org/IMAX/Sneak_peek.asp

For more information about “Fighter Pilot,” visit: www.fighterpilotfilm.com

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