In the previous post on this site about the Intrepid and the use of Article #122 as a movie prop in the movie "I Am Legend", there should be no cause for joy. Intrepid has only done what they always do, they misuse the historical aircraft and artifacts entrusted to them by the various military and private sources, only this time they attempted to hold down the clamor by coming clean with it first. Except for one thing, they tried to twist the misuse by letting everyone know so no one would be alarmed, the aircraft wasn't physically used. In correspondence between myself and the
And you know, its not the shot or the scaffold or the golf shot that angers me.....its the use of a historical artifact in a movie about mutant cannibals!!! Tell me what that has to do with the A-12's history. Nothing! It's just another cheap ploy for Intrepid to make money on the artifacts that cost the blood of the men and women who fought and flew for this country in hot and cold wars. That is the disgrace that the Intrepid handlers foist on the history of this country. As a military aviation historian and author/researcher, I am totally disgusted with this practice. I have no issue with a generic V-22 or P-51, B-17 or any other digitally created image being used in a movie. Create with a MAC to your heart's content. What I do have a problem with is using an aircraft, tank, ship what have you that has seen action used in something as stupid as a mutant or any other kind of trash movie or commercial product. It not only demeans the service of the artifact but it attaches money to the memory and service of that military serviceman and artifact.
This is not the first time that Intrepid has done this. Back in the day, Intrepid has lost artifacts, allowed them to be vomited on due to their various evening functions on the hanger deck, allowed slinky models to writhe all over them for the sake of a photo shoot in a men's magazine. How do I know? I cleaned that Hellcat model that was upchucked on and I also cleaned the A-7 Corsair that the model was slinking over. All was done in the name of "funds" aka money. In all these years, in all these different management and foundation changes that
If you take a moment, and go to the American Association for Museums site, (http://www.aam-us.org) look at the listing for museum ethics. That is the operative word ETHICS. In the listing under Collections it says: “Collections-related activities promote the public good rather than financial gain”. You show me where in the recent history of the
When seeing wonderful films like Independence Day or Transformers enjoy them because they truly are all digitized. When watching a heartbreaker movie like the “