Saturday, August 24, 2013

Reel Stuff Aviation Resources brings AIR ACES to Air Force Museum Theatre's giant screen

Reel Stuff Aviation Resources LLC
For Immediate Release
Reel Stuff Aviation Resources helps bring Military Channel’s AIR ACES series
to the Air Force Museum Theatre’s
giant screen

Action-packed cable series helps museum visitors connect
with stories behind world class aircraft collection;
admission fees support museum expansion
(Dayton, Ohio – August 22, 2013)  In a unique groundbreaking partnership brokered by Reel Stuff Aviation Resources, the Military Channel's new six-part series, AIR ACES, is simultaneously being screened exclusively at the newly renovated Air Force Museum Theatre.  AIR ACES, which had its U.S. broadcast premier on August 4, is an action packed series of one hour episodes that profiles some of the most heroic and courageous military pilots that ever flew.  The Air Force Museum Theatre features 7.1-plus surround sound and state-of-the-art 4K digital projection onto an 80' wide giant screen.  With the theatre being a National Museum of the United States Air Force (NMUSAF) attraction, visitors can both experience a scheduled screening of an AIR ACES episode and view the actual aircraft types flown by the pilots depicted in the program among related exhibits.

With access to actual flying aircraft like real Spitfires, Phantoms and P-51 Mustangs, AIR ACES recreates incredible historical aerial action scenes and enhances them with CGI, advanced digital techniques, and fascinating primary source material.  Viewers are totally immersed in the action, riding along with the brave pilots to feel the thick of the action in the cockpit, shaking as the flak explodes around them, and straining under intense G-forces.   The initial six week run of daily screenings in the Air Force Museum Theatre began on August 4 began with the "George Beurling" episode of AIR ACES, coinciding with the series' broadcast premier the same day.  Episodes of AIR ACES will screened  in the Air Force Museum Theatre daily at 5 PM at a special price of just $5.00 per person.

"Bringing such top quality Military Channel programming as AIR ACES to the Air Force Museum's new giant screen theatre is a triple-win," said Reel Stuff director Ron Kaplan.  "The Military Channel benefits from a high-profile, high-traffic forum at which to promote its spectacular new series; the Air Force Museum Theatre adds mission-relevant programming ideally suited for its state-of-the-art venue; and, best of all, this delivers a unique, immersive educational experience to theatre patrons, as AIR ACES vividly illustrates how some famous military aircraft earned their iconic place in history and display in the Air Force Museum."

One such example is the Military Channel’s August 18 premier broadcast of AIR ACES' fourth episode, "Robin Olds," screened daily this week in the Air Force Museum Theatre.  The late Olds is a legendary WWII fighter ace who also later shot down four enemy aircraft in the Vietnam War.  AIR ACES documents "Operation Bolo" the secret mission which then Colonel Olds, as 8th Tactical Fighter Wing commander, and his flyers conceived as an aerial "bait-and-switch" deception to draw enemy MiG 21 fighter jets into combat with his USAF F-4 Phantoms.  Olds led the successful January 2, 1967 mission and counted for one of the seven deadly MiG's shot down.  The Air Force Museum collection features the actual Phantom aircraft, in which Olds scored his four victories, displayed among "Operation Bolo" and related Vietnam air war exhibits.

After this six week dual premier broadcast-theatre screening run concludes, the initial partnership allows the Air Force Museum Theatre to show AIR ACES episodes for one year.   The theatre's screening schedule is posted  The Air Force Museum Theatre is operated by the Air Force Museum Foundation, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) foundation created in 1960 to assist the Air Force in the development and expansion of the facilities of the National Museum of the United States Air Force.

AIR ACES is produced by Cineflix Productions with Simon Lloyd, Nick Godwin and Ian Russell as executive producers.  For Military Channel, Max Culhane is executive producer, Sara Kozak is senior president of production, Kevin Bennett is senior vice president of content strategy, and Henry Schleiff is president and general manager.

Reel Stuff Aviation Resources LLC is committed to facilitating the development, creation, and public sharing of high-quality aviation media.  In addition to producing annual Reel Stuff Film Festivals of Aviation for non-profit organizations such as the Air Force Museum Foundation, Inc., founder and director Ron Kaplan provides creative and marketing services to filmmakers and theatre operators.  Kaplan writes columns for both Pilot Magazine and Warbird Digest, and has consulted to and appeared on broadcast productions such as PBS-TV’s LEGENDS OF AIRPOWER and Discovery Channel's SHOWDOWN: AIR COMBAT.  For more information visit  


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Media contacts:
Ron Kaplan, Founder & Director
Reel Stuff Aviation Resources LLC
T: (937) 212-8847
Mary Bruggeman, Chief of Theatre Operations                      
Air Force Museum Foundation, Inc.                                         
T: (937) 656-9623                                                                                                           
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