Living in the Age of Airplanes

This previous week before Thanksgiving Break I was finally able to watch the National Geographic special feature, “Living in the Age of Airplanes.” The documentary premiere was hosted by the Western Michigan University Campus Activity Board (CAB) together with the WMU Student Chapter of AAAE. A few friends that I know put a lot of effort into organizing this event at the Miller Auditorium, and I know that many students including myself greatly enjoyed the show.

The film itself was produced by the perfect group of people. Brian Terwilliger directed “Living in the Age of Airplanes,” and he recruited the well-known actor and pilot Harrison Ford to narrate the documentary. The video runs for just around 47 minutes, and it brings fresh perspective to the global impact that aviation has had on our society. It clearly defines a timeline that shows the speed of travel remaining constant for several thousands of years, right until humans learned how to fly. It also provides insight to the inner workings of the transportation and shipping industries. One thrilling segment focuses on the fresh flowers that are flown from Kenya to destinations all over the world. The film uses that as an example to show the radical change in convenience and modern services that aviation has provided us with.

Overall it was a very enjoyable film, and the amazing cinematography captured my full attention right up to the last minute. It was a great feeling to sit back and reflect on how aviation has changed our lives in so many different ways. For anyone that hasn’t had the chance to see it yet, “Living in the Age of Airplanes” is definitely worth your time. You won’t regret watching it!

Watch the trailer here:


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