To Fly! is a 1976 documentary film shot in the IMAX format. It follows the history of flight, from the first hot air balloons in the 19th century to 20th century manned space missions. It was created for performance at the National Air and Space Museum's IMAX Theater in Washington, D.C.
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Greg MacGillivray|
|Produced by||Greg MacGillivray|
|Written by||Greg MacGillivray|
Robert M. Young
|Narrated by||Thomas McGrath|
|Music by||Bernardo Segall|
|Edited by||Alexander Hammid|
|Distributed by||National Air and Space Museum|
To Fly! was written by Jim Freeman, Greg MacGillivray, Thomas McGrath, Francis Thompson, Robert M. Young and Arthur Zegart. It was directed by Freeman and MacGillivray, and edited by documentary filmmaker Alexander Hammid. In 1995, the film was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.
To Fly! was the highest grossing documentary of all time before the release of Fahrenheit 9/11 in 2004. It has grossed $86.6 million domestically and $120.7 million worldwide, which it has accumulated during its decades in release. The movie is still shown daily at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.