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Air travel changed our world

Last night I was invited to the media launch of Living in the Age of Airplanes at Melbourne’s IMAX theatre.

Melbourne’s IMAX is an independent, single screen theatre located in the Melbourne Museum’s west wing. The screen measures 32 metres wide by 23 metres high and has very recently been upgraded to ensure the best possible on-screen presentation in the global market and the perfect screen for such a brilliant movie.

Opening to the public today, Living in the Age of Airplanes, is narrated by actor and pilot Harrison Ford. Ford is a world class narrator; his voice throughout the movie sounds knowledgeable yet has an element of excitement as he speaks of the change the airplane has made to the modern era.


It is pointed out in the movie that we have been born into the era of air travel and that this mode of transportation has changed the world in a very short space of time.

So used to air travel being a part of our everyday lives, we now no longer look at it as exciting, but something that is taken for granted. We whinge about airports, the procedures, the delays, the protocols but when you take time to think about it, walking through those airport doors, either incoming or outgoing, we are stepping through a portal into a whole new world.


Air travel has made the world small; almost every part of it is accessible thanks to air travel. No longer do we live in ignorance about other countries as we can visit and learn everything the world has to offer.

Using spectacular aerial and nature photography, Living in the Age of Airplanes takes audiences around the globe on an epic journey to 95 locations in 18 countries spanning all seven continents to remind us how, in a single century, aviation has changed our world forever.


The film highlights the astonishingly rapid advancements that have led to a world in which 100,000 flights take off and land every day. During the vast majority of mankind’s existence, walking was the fastest means of travel. Yet today, just 175 years after the introduction of the steam engine, boarding a jet to travel thousands of miles in a matter of hours is more often viewed as an inconvenience than a world-changing technological marvel.

With a combination of historic footage and outstanding and spectacular cinematography Living in the Age of Airplanes will have chills running up your spine as you come to realize that absolutely every aspect of our lives is enriched by air transportation.

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by Carol Sheridan