Filmmakers Darroch Greer and Ron King have created an engaging film that combines history, aviation and inspiration. The Millionaire’s Unit tells the unsung story of a group of Yale college students who took the initiative to learn to fly in preparation for America’s entry into World War I and became the founding squadron of the U.S. Naval Air Reserve.
The award-winning film’s VOD release date of February 15, 2018 was chosen to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of First Yale Unit member Albert D. Sturtevant, the first U.S. Naval Aviator killed in combat, when his plane went down in the North Sea on February 15, 1918.
Narrated by Academy Award nomi-nated actor Bruce Dern, grandnephew of one of the aviators, the feature-length documentary charts the romantic, little-known story of the origins of American airpower and features very rare archival footage and thrilling dogfighting sequences filmed air-to-air with replica WW1 planes, some with original engines.
Inspired by Marc Wortman’s book The Millionaires’ Unit, the film has been developed and produced by descendants of the First Yale Unit, including filmmaker Ron King, producers Harry
Davison and Mike Davison, and narrator Bruce Dern who are all grandnephews and grandsons of FYU members.
The Millionaire’s Unit premiered last spring at the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida, in their new digital IMAX Theater during NNAM’s annual symposium. The film is now available on DVD and Blu-ray, as well as video on demand through Vimeo.com. Other VOD platforms will be available soon.
Daher announced new features for its 2018 production TBM 910s and TBM 930s, including the first electrically-heated seats, a first in the single-engine turboprop category.
Adding to the cabin restyling implemented last year, every seat in 2018 TBM 910s and TBM 930s are now heated. Once the mode is engaged by the pilot via a master control in the cockpit, each occupant can choose whether to utilize the heating and select either light or moderate heat settings.
Other new features on the 2018 aircraft are tailored for improved pilot interface. This includes backlighting on the cockpit’s central console to provide enhanced visibility at night for the manual trim, power lever, flaps lever and override controls. Additionally, a high-fidelity microphone has been incorporated in the pilot’s oxygen mask for clear communications with air traffic control when the mask is in use.
“Updates for the model year 2018 underscore our commitment to constant improvement on the TBM 910 and TBM 930,” said Nicolas Chabbert, senior vice president of the Daher Airplane Business Unit. “In addition to benefitting our owners and operators, they enhance the in-flight experience for passengers, which is important as we see the development of TBM sales to corporate and commercial operators.”