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Omnimax Show takes you on an adventure with helicopter crews


The Hong Kong Space Museum (Space Museum) will take audience on a series of aerial adventures with the latest Omnimax Show "Straight up! Helicopters in Action".

Showing from today (October 1) until March 31, 2004, the film will tell all about the many and vital roles the helicopter plays in modern civil and military aviation all over the world.

The helicopter can fly vertically and hover in one spot, enabling it to provide faster and more flexible support than that any other flying machines.

The helicopters allow quick access of rescue teams to Swiss Alps, where a mountain hazard occurs and, effectively transport the injured to the hospital.

In the U.S., the helicopter extends the long arm of law. Black Hawk helicopter is used by the US Customs to watch over and intercept the drug runners. Invaluable intelligence is obtained by the Marine Corps by dropping off the team in CH-46 and swooping low over enemy territory by Cobras.

In February, as the hostile weather in the Atlantic makes the sea rescue more difficult than ever, helicopters are the best backup of the U.S. Coast Guard. The rescue swimmers and raft are delivered by helicopter to the rough water and the survivors are hoisted from the roiling sea.

To the starving people of Sierra Leone that has suffered years of conflict, helicopters provide an air bridge in delivering humanitarian aid and have saved millions of human lives.

In South Africa where the survival of about 3,000 remaining black rhinos is endangered, wildlife conservators fly 10 feet above ground from helicopters to shoot tranquilizer at black rhinos to help collect the blood and skin samples from these animals, and to relocate the sleeping rhinos to the sanctuary area.

Other extra-ordinary tasks of the helicopters include delivering the linemen to over 100 feet off the ground where they are able to bring themselves to the same voltage potential of the 500,000-volt power lines allowing them to walk on the line like a bird. Helicopters also assist in environmental logging by lifting timbers straight up from the ground and removing them out of the forest to prevent the occurrence of soil erosion.

"Straight up! Helicopters in Action" will review in a most breath-taking manner the different applications of helicopters. Helicopters not only perform challenging and dangerous tasks, but are also capable of rapidly responding to emergencies which in some cases make the difference between life and death.

The 42-minute Omnimax Show screens at 3.50pm and 7.20pm daily at the Space Theater of the Museum. Additional show will be scheduled at 12.20 am on Sundays and public holidays. The Space Museum is closed on Tuesdays (except public holidays). Tickets are available at the Space Museum Box Office and at all URBTIX outlets at $24 (front stalls) and $32 (stalls), with half-price concession for full-time students, senior citizens and people with disabilities.

The Space Museum is located at 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. For further information, please call 2721 0226 or visit the website at

End/Wednesday, October 1, 2003

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