Ironman II Filmed on Location
Scenes from the upcoming movie
Ironman II were filmed at Edwards AFB, May 11-13, with the support
of about 60 members of 'Team Edwards' taking part as extras and
technical advisors. Parts of the first Ironman as well as numerous
movies and television shows have also taken advantage of Edwards
for filming in the past.
"Edwards has a long association with Hollywood," said Col.
William Thornton, 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 dessert terrain
and landscape perfect for any scene of a deployment."
The director, Jon Favreau said he was excited to return to
Edwards for the sequel for the landscape, but not for the way it
looks but for the history it possesses and the professional Airmen
and Marines here.
"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. "But it's the rich history of the location
and the deep roots it has with flight that gives Tony Stark and his
father a pedigree in the aerospace industry." Team Edwards worked
closely with the production crew of Ironman II and had a good
working relationship with them, said Colonel Thornton.
"It has been a pleasure working with this crew," he said.
"They're amenable to any suggestions we may have and they're humble
about asking for things. They're a great group of professionals who
really know what they're doing. He added that to accomplish this,
Team Edwards had to reciprocate the kindness and have an effective
"We want to be responsive and be flexible for them." said the
412th TW commander. "If they don't feel the aircraft look right
once they begin rolling we can move them for them and we we're able
to get numerous Airmen involved in the shooting as extras without
impacting the mission."
"More so than the landscape or aircraft, are the people." said
Denis Stewart, Ironman II producer. "It's almost impossible to have
background performers who are actors emulate real military
personnel. The way they conduct themselves, wear the uniform and
talk adds as much authenticity to the film as the aircraft." Not
only did they add to the scenes, added Mr. Stewart, they
contributed to the whole process and smooth production of the
"Both Airmen and Marines have been supportive and that extends
past those who were extras," he added. "That extends all the way
down to the Airmen patrolling the flightline while we were out
there. Every one of the Airmen has been incredibly helpful to us
with getting this done."
"I really love the hospitality we've gotten here," added Mr.
Favreau. "I'm grateful they've let us shoot here and when I saw the
assets they've let us shoot and how cooperative they've been it
makes me satisfied because they enjoyed the experience last time
and they feel we've depicted them fairly."
The cast and crew didn't just shoot on Edwards for their own
gain. The knowledge they obtained from the participants and the
rich flight test history they added to their film, which will
portray to the American public the professionalism of military
servicemembers, much like the first one Mr. Favreau said.
"When you make a movie you don't know how it's going to be taken
or how people will react," he said. "But clearly based on how
warmly we've been embraced Edwards has enjoyed the collaboration in
the past and looked forward to being a part of this one, that makes
me really satisfied because that means that they see that we get it
and we're portraying them as the truly are." [ANN Salutes Airman
1st Class William O'Brien, 95th Air Base Wing Public Affairs]