Nothing could be a more romantic setting than the United States Air Force, right? Hallmark Movies & Mysteries apparently thought so, as its latest romantic drama, “Come Fly With Me,” takes place at Nellis Air Force Base, home of the elite Thunderbirds demonstration team.
The story is pretty simple. Capt. Emma “Blitz” Fitzgerald (Heather Hemmens) gets orders to Nellis to join the team. After moving to Las Vegas, Emma's daughter Lucy befriends a girl named Alice, who is under a doctor's constant care. They soon meet Alice's dad Paul (Niall Matter), a civilian widower (so please don't email me about his beard).
The two have to ground themselves before entering the aircraft hangar, because sparks fly immediately. Spoilers below.
Despite some setbacks and obstacles that had to be overcome, the movie ends with Paul and Emma getting married in an unintentionally “Patton”-themed ceremony. But first, there's a lot of flying; while she may not secretly be European royalty, this is still Hallmark and someone is going to be swept off their feet, dammit.
Getting the Air Force to work with producers on “Come Fly With Me” was, as it turns out, a relatively simple endeavor. The filmmakers got access to the Thunderbirds and Nellis Air Force Base by putting in a request. After looking at the script, the Air Force determined the film was in line with the service's values, like any other script they might consider.
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