Harrison Ford will narrate aviation documentary “Living in the Age of Airplanes,” National Geographic announced Thursday.
The film chronicles rapid advancements in aviation while also highlighting how the field’s technology has changed the world in its short history. It will premiere in IMAX, giant screen, 15/70mm dome screens and digital cinemas in 20 locations across the United States, including Washington, Boston, New York and Dallas.
“Since we were all born into a world with airplanes, it’s hard to imagine that jet travel itself is only 60 years old, just a tick on the timeline of human history,” said the film’s producer and director Brian J. Terwilliger. “With this film, we want to reignite people’s wonder for one of the most extraordinary aspects of the modern world.”
Ford’s involvement with the project comes weeks after he crashed his World War II-era Ryan Aeronautical ST3KR aircraft at Penmar Golf Course, near Santa Monica Airport earlier this month.
The actor is a flying enthusiast with several decades’ experience as a pilot.
Despite the occasional hiccup, Ford has remained a fierce advocate of aviation, both in and out of the cockpit. In 2004, he was named chairman of Experimental Aircraft Association’s Young Eagles program, replacing flying legend Chuck Yaeger. He’s also a supporter of Wings of Hope, a humanitarian aviation organization that works toward reducing poverty.
Ford has also utilized his flying skills as a rescue worker, maneuvering his helicopter through two mountain rescue missions in Wyoming.
“Living in the Age of Airplanes” opens Apr 10.