Captain Marvel soars high with the Air Force

Julia LeDoux
March 11, 2019 - 3:10 pm
Brig. Gen. Jeannie Leavitt, Brie Larson, others

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Who did Captain Marvel call when she needed to learn how to fly?

The United States Air Force, of course.

According to a Department of Defense release, actress Brie Larson traveled to Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada in order to prepare for her role as Captain Marvel.

While at Nellis, Larson spoke with female fighter pilots including Brig. Gen. Jeannie Leavitt, the Air Force’s first female fighter pilot.

“I learned how to dogfight on offense and defense. I pulled 6.5 G’s,” said Larson.

Set in the 1990s, the movie follows the journey of Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes, Captain Marvel.

According to Box Office Mojo, Captain Marvel was the highest grossing movie this past weekend, taking in $153 million at the box office.

Leavitt, who now commands Air Force Recruiting Service at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, said Larson was extremely focused as she researched her role.

“She talked with a number of our female fighter pilots and wanted to get the details correct,” Leavitt said. “I really respected how seriously she took this role.”

The teamwork on the screen in superhero movies like Captain Marvel is similar to the teamwork members of the Air Force demonstrate every day, Leavitt said.

“They work together as teams, and that’s what we do in the Air Force,” she said. “Having a positive role model, someone who works hard and fights for freedom and justice, that's what we do in the Air Force and that's a wonderful role model for young men and women to see." 

About 50 airmen from the Fresno, California based 144th Fighter Wing of the California National Guard and the 412th Test Wing from Edwards Air Force Base, California took on roles as extras in the movie. B-1 and B-2 bombers, F-16, F-22,  F-35 fighter jets, and a NASA Global Hawk unmanned aircraft were also used in the film.  

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