On DVD/Blu-ray: “Living in The Age of Airplanes”


“An epic journey!  A must-see documentary for pilots and passengers!  This film scores a flawless landing, combining spectacular images with a brilliant music score!”

– Patrick King, REEL BRIEF


When I experienced car issues earlier this month, it dawned upon me just how much I rely upon the ease and operation of my wheels each day.  Despite the mind-blowing handiness of Uber, I felt isolated and lacked control in an important part of my life.  After three days of commuting, juggling my activities around others and paying several hundred dollars in repairs to a mechanic, I returned to the roads promising to never take my vehicle for granted.

Now, having watched the 48-minute National Geographic documentary by acclaimed aviation director Brian J. Terwilliger (“One Six Right”), I was immediately fascinated by the film’s description of the airplane as “the portal to the planet”.  The car may be my portal of transportation to work over 20 droning miles, but it’s the airplane that brings the rest of the world to us.


Narrated by galactic aviator and real-life pilot Harrison Ford (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens“), “Living in The Age of Airplanes” explores the condensed historic timeline of air travel. 

Over 200,000 years ago, man was relegated to walking—never venturing outside 20 miles over a lifetime. Ancient times could map the sky, even before mapping the Earth.

As the wheel was invented 5,000 years ago, further distances were traveled.  But it wasn’t until 500 years ago–when the sea was conquered–that humans began to explore the world in earnest.  Three centuries later the steam engine and railroad train facilitated the connection between people and their dreams.

Then it happened.

Sixty years ago the sound barrier was broken and the playbook of flight was expanded to include supersonic travel.


“Living in The Age of Airplanes” is an epic journey!  I expected a history lesson on how aircraft have evolved since the days of Orville and Wilbur Wright.  Instead, I was mesmerized by this film’s premise: We’ve come so far, so fast with airplanes that we’ve lost our fascination with air travel—concerning ourselves with only the frustrations, not the benefits, of flying.

Spectacular images of 18 countries across all seven continents are accentuated by the brilliant music score from Academy Award-winning composer James Horner (“Titanic”).  

This film is a must-see for pilots and passengers!  People who love to travel and explore new places will be enthralled by Terwilliger’s analogy of airplanes as “time machines”, taking people back in history to postcard destinations such as the pyramids in Egypt, the Angkor Wat temples of Cambodia and to the gladiator venues found in Rome.  Each airplane ride a return to our explorer roots. 

This short film is a riveting tribute to aviation’s achievements!  After its premiere at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum in Washington, DC, “Living in The Age of Airplanes” continued its successful run on the big screen at museum cinemas worldwide in 2015/2016.

Earlier this week, the film was released digitally and available on DVD/Blu-ray, along with its original soundtrack.  You can also watch it now on iTunes.  Check it out!


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