To Fly!

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To Fly!
IMAX Poster for NASA Documentary To Fly.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Greg MacGillivray
Jim Freeman
Produced by Greg MacGillivray
Jim Freeman
Written by Greg MacGillivray
Jim Freeman
Francis Thompson
Robert M. Young
Arthur Zegart
Starring Ellen Bry
Narrated by Tom McGrath
Music by Bernardo Segall
Cinematography Brad Ohlund
Edited by Alexander Hammid
Distributed by National Air and Space Museum
Release dates
  • July 1, 1976 (1976-07-01)
Running time
27 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $120,700,000[1]

To Fly! (1976) is a 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.


To Fly! was written by Jim Freeman, Greg MacGillivray, Tom 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.

The movie was shown in 1979 at Six Flags Great America theme park's Pictorium and was the first movie shown at the new theatres.

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.


  1. ^ "To Fly!, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved January 22, 2012. 

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