These Photos show how Airmen helped Captain Marvel to Fly Higher, Further, Faster

These Photos show how Airmen helped Captain Marvel to Fly Higher, Further, Faster

By Dario Leone
Mar 19 2019
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“I learned how to dogfight on offense and defense. I pulled 6.5 G’s. I can’t wait to get up in a plane and pull more, because I’ve got to get up to nine,” Brie Larson, who portrays Carol Danvers AKA Captain Marvel in the movie.

U.S. Air Force (USAF) airmen and aircraft provide realism as Carol Danvers, also known as Captain Marvel, is climbing higher, further and faster in theaters.

These Photos show how Airmen helped Captain Marvel to Fly Higher, Further, Faster

As explained by Shannon Collins in the article Airmen Fly Higher, Further, Faster With Captain Marvel, about 50 airmen from the Fresno-based 144th Fighter Wing of the California Air National Guard and the 412th Test Wing from Edwards Air Force Base (AFB), California, had roles as extras for the film. B-1 and B-2 bombers; F-15, F-16, F-22 and F-35 fighter jets; and a NASA Global Hawk unmanned aircraft, as well as housing, runways, the flightline and a hangar at Edwards were used in the film. About 490 cast and crew members with 37 trucks spent about 21 days on the base for setup, filming and tear-down.

These Photos show how Airmen helped Captain Marvel to Fly Higher, Further, Faster
This print is available in multiple sizes from AircraftProfilePrints.com – CLICK HERE TO GET YOURS. F-15C Eagle 144th Fighter Wing, 194th Fighter Squadron, CA/80-004 – California Air National Guard – Fresno ANG Base, CA – 2016

Brie Larson, who portrays Danvers, also went to Nellis AFB, Nevada, and met female fighter pilots, including Brig. Gen. Jeannie Leavitt, the first Air Force female fighter pilot.

“I learned how to dogfight on offense and defense. I pulled 6.5 G’s. I can’t wait to get up in a plane and pull more, because I’ve got to get up to nine,” Larson said. “Getting to research this role at Nellis Air Force Base and the level of loyalty, commitment, respect and humor I felt at that base, I took with me and brought to the set.”

These Photos show how Airmen helped Captain Marvel to Fly Higher, Further, Faster
Behind the scene of the set of “Captain Marvel” during filming at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Apr. 20, 2018.

Larson said it was exciting to hear Leavitt’s accounts of her groundbreaking accomplishments, and that she hopes girls who see the film will  see that they, too, can fly.

Leavitt, now the commander of Air Force Recruiting Service at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, said Larson spent a lot of time to understand what it’s like to be a female fighter pilot in the Air Force. “She talked with a number of our female fighter pilots and wanted to get the details correct,” the general said. “I really respected how seriously she took this role.”

These Photos show how Airmen helped Captain Marvel to Fly Higher, Further, Faster
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Superhero movies like these showcase how the Air Force works as a team, Leavitt said. “They work together as teams, and that’s what we do in the Air Force. We’re a team. I am part of an amazing team,” she added. “Having a positive role model, someone who works hard and fights for freedom and justice, that’s what we do in the Air Force, and that’s a wonderful role model for young men and women to see.”

Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson, “Captain Marvel” stars, on set during filming at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Apr. 20, 2018. To ensure an accurate depiction of military service, filmmakers and actors immersed with Airmen from across the Air Force.

Photo credit: Shannon Collins / DoD and Kenji Thuloweit / U.S. Air Force

Artwork courtesy of AircraftProfilePrints.com


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Dario Leone

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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