Disney Planes Enlist The Military

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Landing in theaters nationwide Aug. 9, “Disney’s Planes” displays a ton of military references. Filmmakers wanted to ensure authenticity by enlisting the U.S. Navy and other retired and former military personnel during the making of the film.

Members of the production team visited the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. Producer Traci Balthazor-Flynn joined Hall and a few other members of the team, observing target practice, plus a number of takeoffs, including a Hornet, helicopters and C-2 Greyhound cargo planes.

Said Capt. Paul Spedero, executive officer, USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), “When we host guests at sea, it’s our sincere hope that in providing access to the ship, crew and daily operations of an aircraft carrier, it will provide them a unique and authentic perspective on what it means to be a Sailor in the U.S. Navy. We answered all of the questions the team had about different aspects of ship operations because we had a common goal—an accurate portrayal of the U.S. Navy.”

Filmmakers sought a number of resources to perfect the jargon utilized between fighter jets Echo and Bravo. Among them were Lt. Cmdr. Jim “Fanus” Mittag from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron THREE-ZERO (VX-30) at Naval Base Ventura County, and longtime pilot Sean Bautista, a former Air Force top gunner in the 194th Squadron with 16 years of military flying experience (including F16 and F4 fighter jets) and 27 years as a professional pilot for the major airlines.

Celebrating all service men and women, Disney Studios rolled out a series of special screenings of “Disney’s Planes” for military families coast to coast.

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