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June 1 , 2006

Heart-Pounding Giant Screen Film
Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag
Premieres at the California Science Center IMAX® Theater

Encounter the Ultimate Aerial Combat Experience beginning June 30, 2006

Los Angeles –Heart-stopping action and breath-taking aerial footage will put movie-goers on the edge of their seats with Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag at the California Science Center IMAX Theater June 30, 2006. Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag demonstrates the many challenges pilots and their crews face in combat training and the precision skills needed to carry out a successful mission.

The story begins with Captain John Stratton, a young American fighter pilot, who is determined to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather, a decorated World War II flying ace. He joins the world's best pilots at Red Flag -- the most challenging training exercise for the air forces of the U.S. and its allies. Flying an F-15 Eagle, Captain Stratton undertakes Red Flag's treacherous and immensely complicated training. His childhood vision of heroism widens as he witnesses the teamwork of his ground crew and other pilots, ensuring a successful operation and his safe return home.

Aviation fans will see an array of aircraft, including American F-15E Strike Eagles, German Tornados, Israeli F-16’s, Canadian F-18 Hornets and the British Royal Navy’s Harrier jump jets and more as they engage in Operation Red Flag activities. For more details on featured aircraft, please visit www.af.mil/factsheets.

In addition, Fighter Pilot’s showing at the Science Center IMAX Theater is a value added experience for flight enthusiasts as they can also get “up close and personal” with aircraft such as Northrop’s F-20 Tigershark and T-38 Talon, and Lockheed’s F-104 Starfighter and A-12 Blackbird reconnaissance plane, all on display in and around the Science Center.

Director Stephen Low (Volcanoes of the Deep Sea, Super Speedway) stated, "So many films on fighter aircraft essentially fake the interaction between the planes using a lot of quick cutting, simulated cockpit photography and special effects. Working with the Air Force made it possible for us to shoot actual dog-fighting for the first time between a dozen aircraft at once. Altogether, we were working with more than one hundred aircraft of all types. This is the closest an audience will ever get to flying in the middle of a massive air combat operation."

The film is 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.

About Red Flag:
Established in 1975, Red Flag is a two-week realistic combat training exercise involving the elite aerial forces from all four branches of the U.S. military, plus their Guard/Reserve components. It is commonly described as being more challenging than actual combat. Since its inception, NATO and the air forces of 27 other countries have joined the U.S. in these intensive exercises, as well as individual members of other countries (such as India) who have participated as observers. Red Flag exercises have provided training for over 400,000 elite military personnel, including more than 132,000 aircrew members flying over 350,000 sorties and logging over 600,000 hours flying time. For more information on Red Flag, please visit www.nellis.af.mil.

Note to reporters/editors:
To download the Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag press kit,please visit www.fighterpilotfilm.com.

To download OFFICIAL HIGH-RESOLUTION PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE FILM (for press use only) please visit www.bigmoviezone.com/fighterpilotpress.

California Science Center, located at 700 State Drive in historic Exposition Park, Los Angeles, is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm. Admission to Science Center exhibitions is free, except for the Marvel® Super Heroes™ Science Exhibition. For recorded information on IMAX show times, phone (213) 744-7400. IMAX ticket prices are $8.00/adults, $5.75/ seniors and students 13-17 with valid ID, and $4.75 for children 4-12. For advance ticket purchases, group rates, or to make reservations for any visiting group of 15 or more (required), call (213) 744-2019. Parking is available in the guest lot at Figueroa and Coliseum/39th Street for $6 per car. Both the Science Center and IMAX Theater are wheelchair accessible. For general information, phone (323) SCIENCE or visit our web site at www.californiasciencecenter.org. Proceeds from the IMAX Theater support Science Center exhibits and education programs.

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