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Stick to the 'Supersonic Saints' book

OREM, Utah — It's a thrill to read the stories in "Supersonic Saints."Is the film put out by Deseret Book a thrill? Not so much.There's way too much talking and set up in the 45-minute feature film introduced at the 2010 LDS Film Festival in Orem at the SCERA Center for the Arts on Jan. 22.It seems to take forever to get to the good stuff, which is the retelling of a couple of real-life stories from the Mormon pilots who routinely risked their lives and well-being to take to the skies.__IMAGE1__John Bytheway's books are filled with danger, excitement and near-misses that, understandably, would be expensive to re-create but hey, here's such an opportunity.The stories are rich in detail and include decisions based on prayer, the whisperings of the Spirit and faith.There are new horizons and people you'd be interested in meeting.There are bombing runs, combat missions and scoping assignments that leave the pilots like Chris "Stew Ball" Stewart and Derek "Maestro" O'Malley saying, "Holy cow, why am I still alive?""We LDS know why it is," said Lt. Col. Thales A. "Tad" Derrick. "We rely on Heavenly Father."For anyone who's read the books it's kind of a letdown to find yourself listening to talking heads — even with jet fighters visible in the background at Hill Air Force Base's Aerospace Museum.You know there's more out there — a story for instance about Col. Gordon H. Weed being prompted to order his wingman to stay in his plane when all logic said he ought to eject. If he did, he would have been consumed by the fire he couldn't see.Don't throw this idea away, but head back to the drawing board and come up with more Tom Cruise-"Top Gun" kind of footage, all right?


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