Air Force District of Washington Airmen attend Captain Marvel premiere

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  • By Master Sgt. Amaani Lyle
  • Air Force District of Washington Public Affairs
About 50 Air Force District of Washington Airmen joined Air Force senior leaders and other distinguished invited guests to celebrate the release of Captain Marvel with a special event and screening at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum here today.

Projected on the museum’s towering IMAX screen, the comic book-based Captain Marvel is the first female-led solo superhero movie in Marvel’s repertoire, and is slated to be a significant franchise in the company’s silver screen endeavors.

The title character Capt. Carol Danvers exemplifies the barrier-breaking spirit found in generations of Airmen since the Air Force’s birth in 1947. Art imitates life in that the Captain Marvel story represents real women across decades who broke through barriers to serve their nation in air, space, and cyberspace.

Air Force historians contributed significantly to an accurate Air Force depiction. Materials collected from Airman Magazine archives and consultations with Air Force Materiel Command, Edwards Air Force Base, Califonia, and U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, historians resulted in period-correct 80s and 90s hardware, uniforms and details appearing on screen.

To inspire future generations, the Air Force hosted a STEM fair throughout the day at the museum, and Air Force Research Lab, AFWERX, Air Force Recruiting Service and local Air National Guard pilots supported the fair with interactive exhibits to engage the museum patrons.

A second showing of the film included 200 Airmen alongside Gold Star families invited by the non-profit organization Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), for families grieving the loss of a loved one who died while serving in the Armed Forces or as a result of his or her service.

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