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Greetings Fellow Airborne Enthusiasts,
Excuse me if this is a little long-winded, but this one's got me e***d.
Several months ago I received a phone call from a Hollywood production
company called Termite Art Productions. They were working on a piece for
The Learning Channel called "Speed Demons: Fearless Fliers" and they were
interested in including Airspeed in the show. They came out and shot some
footage in and around the Nationals, and I set them up with Airspeed
interviews. They went back to Hollywood, pretty happy with the footage.
Fast forward to yesterday. When I returned from lunch, there was a package
sitting in my chair from Termite Art Productions. Inside it was three VHS
copies of the show and a letter of thanks from the producer, Laura Fuest
(who BTW did a tandem while she was here and loved it). She had enclosed
three copies because three people here had interviews in it: myself (2
lines), Dan BC (lots), and Jack Jefferies.
I went back to drilling through the mounds of work that had piled up while
I was vacation last week. On my way back to the house afterwards, I handed
one of the tapes off to Dan.
Several hours later, just after Ally McBeal and just prior to dinner, the
phone rang. It was Dan. "Have you seen the tape yet?" he said. "Nope," I
said. "Watch it. Now." he commanded.
I was blown away.
"Speed Demons" is a one-hour collection of profiles that include the USAF
Test Pilot School, the new F-22 Raptor jet fighter, the Reno Air Races,
Colonel Joe Kittinger (the only human ever to break the speed of sound in
freefall), the X-15 project, and the SR-71 spy plane. Nestled almost
incongruously in the middle is an 8-minute piece about Arizona Airspeed,
highlighted by their Nationals contest with the U.S. Army Golden Knights.
Folks, Hollywood finally got one right. They even mention OmniSkore! It's
as if they had hired one of us to edit the piece, only they added just the
right touch of wuffo spice. Not a bit of that "Aren't you afraid your
chutes are going to fail?" horse***a. It's the best exposure for
competition formation skydiving I've ever seen, and among the best for
skydiving period. It is so great to see a piece like this where a skydiving
team is seen in the company of some of aviation's finest achievers.
Anyway, here are the air dates (on TLC):
Sunday, April 4th, 9:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m.
Tuesday, April 6th, 10 p.m.
Sunday, April 11th, 4 p.m.
Laura says check your TV guide for any last minute changes. She did not
specify whether the times are Eastern or Pacific, so do check the listings.
Alas, mountains of work await my attention. Blue ones!