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'Ironman' visits Edwards

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  • By Airman 1st Class William O'Brien
  • 95th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
About 60 members of Edwards Air Force Base Scenes supported the upcoming "Ironman II" movie as extras in the film and technical advisers May 11 through 13 here.

Parts of the first "Ironman" as well as other movies and television shows have also filmed at Edwards AFB in the past.

"Edwards has a long association with Hollywood," said Col. William Thornton, the 412th Test Wing commander. "We have just about every aircraft in the Air Force's current fleet, 360 days of good weather per year, which is great for filming, and a desert terrain and landscape perfect for any scene of a deployment."

"Ironman II" director Jon Favreau said he was excited to return to Edwards AFB for filming.

"All these real military assets make the movie more authentic and the topography and the beauty of the desert and flightline open the movie up," he said.

Besides the landscape, "Ironman II" producer Denis Stewart also praised Edwards AFB people for their contribution to the realism of the movie.

"It's almost impossible to have background performers who are actors emulate real military personnel," he said. "The way they conduct themselves, wear the uniform and talk adds as much authenticity to the film as the aircraft."