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To honor our living and fallen Vietnam veterans.

TAKING THE ADDITIONAL STEP!

Additional funding will go to increase our advertising so we can get the word out to more people so they will our message. So they will know about our film. So they will know about the Wings & Rotors Museum. So they will know about the bravery and dedication of our Vietnam veterans.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

We really appreciate everybody's help in reaching our goal!

WHAT IS 'FLIGHT TO THE WALL'?

Flight To the Wall is the story about a group of Vietnam veterans and the Wings and Rotors Museum teaming up to restore and fly two Vietnam era Huey helicopters and a Kiowa for a risky flight. A 6000 mile round trip flight from Southern California to Washington DC with the hopes of flying over the Vietnam Memorial Wall on Memorial Day to honor those Vets that did not make it home. Their fuels tanks allow them to only go about 100 miles between fuel stops. Sometimes less when flying into headwinds. Thus they must schedule many stops along the way. In the cities and towns they stop at, they invite Vietnam vets from that area to visit the restored helicopters. Many vets break into tears upon seeing and hearing the Huey helicopter's familiar 'whomp, whomp' sound as they land and memories of long ago rush back to their consciousness. Many recount Vietnam experiences for the camera that they haven't talked about in four decades, not even to their families. Some veterans traveling with the group also recount how PTSD began to haunt their lives. 

A LONG JOURNEY

During the long journey, one of the Hueys breaks down in Clinton, Oklahoma and its ability to make it to DC becomes questionable. The remaining Huey and Kiowa fly on to keep the schedule for the veterans who wish to see them along the way. They make it in Washington, DC by the Memorial Day weekend. Upon arriving, their request to fly over the Wall is rejected by the government due to safety concerns. They are told the helicopters they are flying are considered 'Experimental' by the government, even though they had been used and depended upon to transport thousands of our troops to and from the battlefield in the most extreme conditions. Shaking off their disappointment, they do what they came to do. They honor their fallen comrades and in some cases their friends whose names are enshrined on the Wall.

The film also features the Rolling Thunder and Run For the Wall's motorcycle parade through the capitol. The parade is filmed from the back of a motorcycle. 

On the return trip home one of the veterans who has been diagnosed with failing kidneys due to Agent Orange and is about to retire from the army, pilots a Huey for the last time into his home town amidst tears. The veterans and Wings and Rotors Museum finally make it back to their home base in California after the 22 day trip. Along the way one of the Hueys goes down in Arizona.

Flight To The Wall is a shade over 90 minutes long.

AWARDS

This film won numerous awards at film festivals including Best Documentary at the Route 66 International Film Festival, Audience Choice for Best Documentary at the Temecula International Film Festival, the Gold Kahuna at the Honolulu Film Awards, to name some of the awards.

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

We need help getting this film out for the public to see and gain a better understanding of what it is like to be a veteran of the Vietnam War. We need help making Blu-ray and DVD copies that allow our tribute to the Vietnam veteran the opportunity to reach a wider audience. We need help in paying for music licensing and propriety photos and clips that we used to help tell this story. We need help to let as many people know through the media about this powerful film and the Wings and Rotors helicopters that made it possible. Our Vietnam veterans deserve the pride of knowing their stories will not be forgotten. 

It all costs money and that's where you come in! Together we have a chance to carve out a small niche in how the Vietnam veteran will be remembered once they are gone.

ALL OR NOTHING!

In order for us to get the money, we must raise $8000 or more. According to Kickstarter rules if we raise less than $8000 then we get nothing even if we are more than halfway there. If we raise over $8000 that will help us to print additional DVDs and up the ante on our advertising efforts to make our story better known. So every dollar counts! Telling your friends and relatives about us is always a great help. The more people that know, the better chance we have at success! 

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OVERCOMING RISKS

Distribution can be tricky. However, having the DVDs and Blu-rays available is a major step forward. It allows us to distribute it ourselves through websites and some retail outlets no matter what happens.

We plan on pressing 1000 DVDs and 1000 Blu-rays to begin with. The video licensing of the music and archival film clips will need to be paid before we can press any copies. We hope that we will be able to press additional copies and if we do, the music and film clip licensing agents will ask for more fees up front. We will need to keep money in reserve to meet those obligations. We plan to offer the DVDs and Blu-rays in the field and online as well as promote it for television acquisition through colored brochures. We really appreciate your support!

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