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JETS! CAMERA! ACTION! How movie props take flight in Tinseltown

Excerpt: Directors of films with aerial scenes know the dilemma well. Digital recreation is usually not an option — it is costly, time-consuming and falls short of convincing the audience to suspend disbelief. The typical solution is to use real aircraft, create static mock-ups, or build scale replicas. And this is how Aero Telemetry entered behind The Aviator’s scenes. It happened to have a flyable quarterscale model of the Hughes H-1 Racer, the plane Hughes flew when he first beat the world landplane speed record.

12 May June 2012

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