Air Racers to Play at the Smithsonian’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center Oct. 5

October 4, 2012
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Smithsonian Theaters will launch its latest giant-screen film, Air Racers, Oct. 5 at the Airbus IMAX Theater in the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va.

Air Racers, narrated by Paul Walker, is the first IMAX film devoted to the fastest race in the world: the legendary Reno National Championship Air Races. With stunning aerial photography filmed with unprecedented access to the course, Air Racers takes audiences into Nevada’s Valley of Speed to experience the intensity and high-speed thrills of a sports event like no other. Viewers will learn about the history and science behind the sport, whose concept dates back to the dawn of aviation, and discover this ultracompetitive world through the eyes of rookie pilot Steve Hinton as he attempts to fly his P‐51 Mustang fighter plane to victory in the most highly anticipated and unpredictable race class.

The IMAX film was produced by 3D Entertainment USA and Pretend Entertainment in association with Stereoscope, and distributed worldwide by Entertainment Distribution. Air Racers was directed by Christian Fry and Jean‐Jacques Mantello.

Individual tickets for Air Racers are on sale now and may be reserved and purchased up to two weeks in advance. Groups of 10 or more may reserve tickets now for any date during the film’s expected run. The public may visit any Smithsonian Theaters box office, call toll-free (866) 868-7774 or visit www.si.edu/IMAX for information or to purchase tickets.

The Airbus IMAX Theater is located on the main floor of the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center at 14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway in Chantilly, Va. The theater’s 86-by-62-foot screen is the largest in northern Virginia.

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