How the world looks from inside the flock.
- By The Editors
- AirSpaceMag.com, March 07, 2012
Inspiration for the film came from a variety of sources. "I was visiting Bath and West agricultural show," writes Downer, "when my 8-year-old son, Rory, implored me to take him on a giant fairground ride—an instrument of torture consisting of some flimsy seats attached to a 50-foot rotor that whirred around at terrifying speed. Predictably, the next five minutes were to be among the most vomit-inducing of my life but, at the height of my nausea and while in full 360-degree rotation, I glimpsed what I thought was an apparition—a microlight flying over the showground with several common cranes flying in close formation beside it." Downer later asked the pilot, Christian Moullec (as well as other microlight pilots), to become a part of Earthflight.
The microlights would involve a number of teams working with a variety of imprinted birds, from storks and cranes to geese and ibis.