Aviation: The High See

Sitting idly aboard an airliner one day in 1956, a Tennessee theater-chain owner named David Flexer was struck by how much the cabin resembled a screening room. Flexer's brainstorm: Why not show movies in flight? He formed a company called Inflight Motion Pictures, Inc., spent five years developing a compact, shock-resistant projector and screen with the help of Trans World Airlines.

TWA began showing movies on its overseas flights in 1961, has remained the only U.S. airline to show movies in the air, largely because of an exclusive contract it made with Inflight....

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