Dunkirk from Director Christopher Nolan hits theaters this week and the whole world is buzzing over this film. Nolan has always had an attention to detail in his films and the authenticity of the warbirds in Dunkirk is no exception. For this film, Nolan did not want a whole lot of computer-generated imagery he wants the real deal for these planes and so he turned to the Aircraft Restoration Company.
Located in Duxford, England the Aircraft Restoration Company takes on the tough job and bringing vintage aircraft back to life. Along with restoration they act as historical consultants, aerial coordinators and have pilots trained with a mastery of these aircraft.
Many reports have come in demonstrating simulated dogfights above the beaches from Supermarine Spitfires and a Hispano Buchon disguised as a Bf-109. The crew at the Aircraft Restoration company have done marvelous work bringing these warbirds to life and onto the big screen.
“You don’t get into a Spitfire, you put it on.”
– Jim Romain (Pilot and Cheif Engineer of the Aircraft Restoration Company)
The Aircraft Restoration Company has a personal connection to Dunkirk, they spent three years restoring a Spitfire that has been buried under a Dunkirk beach for 40 years. Needless to say, they were the right guys for the job bringing Dunkirk back to life. Check out their amazing body of work in this clip before you see the film this weekend.