In what surely must be one of the highest budget-to-film-length ratios in history, Airbus put five of its brand-new 300 million dollar A350 XWB planes together for a photoshoot. While most of the clips last only a few seconds, the amount of planning and preparation to pull something like this off is just staggering. With two chase planes, five hero planes, and the stakes as high as ever, watch how Airbus plans and pulls off this truly epic feat of filming and aviation.
If you think about it, the stakes here are just incredibly high. Not only is there over a billion dollars worth of machinery being flown in extremely tight quarters, but the low visibility and low margin for error means that things could turn pear shaped very quickly without adequate planning. Watching these planes fly like this is, to me, like watching the Blue Angels or Thunderbirds but for some reason ten times cooler. The sheer size and grace of these machines is just fascinating.
If you're interested in learning more about this kind of aerial photography and cinematography, check out the post where I break down how it's all done, found by clicking here (there's also a few incredible clips from Wolfe Air included in that link). For even more behind-the-scenes looks at how it's done, check out yet another post that I wrote about it, found here. Is it clear that I'm the resident dork yet?