Photo Essay: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Exhibit

November 18, 2010 — The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA (see the full O.T.I.S. article on the museum here) is currently displaying, alongside historical World War II craft and pioneering space technology, an exhibit on the second Transformers movie, Revenge of the Fallen. You didn’t know that Michael Bay had contributed invaluably to the advancement of aeronautics? Way to judge a man by his horrible, horrible movies.

Really, though, the exhibit is there because the film actually had a pivotal segment filmed on-site in the museum. In fact, the movie even incorporated the SR-71 itself, and transformed it into the character Jetfire. That was probably the only part of the entire movie that was a great idea. Of course, they then went ahead and executed the idea in an absolutely cartoonish way. I mean, part of the Blackbird transformed into a walking cane, for goodness’ sake.

Still, the exhibit is kind of cool and features props and costumes from the movie, vintage and modern Transformers toys, and a television playing some of the computer animation from Jetfire’s transformation scene. Definitely, if you happen to own a plane that was turned into a robot in a movie, you should tout it, even if it was a horrible movie that polluted the joys of your childhood a bit. That’s probably more our fault than its, though, I guess.

See the O.T.I.S. SR-71 Blackbird photo essay here.