Hallmark Teams Up with U.S. Air Force for New Movie

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Hallmark Media has collaborated with a variety of companies and businesses to bring the best to Hallmark Channel and its sister networks. In recent years, they have collaborated with the Mahogany and DaySpring greeting card lines to bring branded movies to the networks. In the past, they've partnered with Graceland to bring the ultimate Hallmark-meets-Elvis experience to fans of both the network and the singer. They're currently working with Sixthman to bring a Hallmark-filled fan cruise that sold out within days of its announcement. On the movie front, Hallmark filmed its newest movie, Come Fly with Me, in cooperation with the United States Air Force.

“The U.S. Air Force is excited to partner with Hallmark Media and Front Street Pictures to bring a story that loosely showcases the pride, precision and professionalism of our nation’s elite Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds,” said Lt. Col. Darrick Lee, Director, U.S. Air Force Entertainment Liaison Office.

“Through this beautiful story, Hallmark Media is honored to celebrate and thank the commitment made by members of the military —and their families—as they serve our country,” remarked Elizabeth Yost, Senior Vice President, Development, Programming, Hallmark Media. “It is a long-standing priority for us to create movies set in this world, which resonate strongly with our viewers. We’re so proud to partner with the United States Air Force and DoD to bring this special, heartfelt story to life.”

Here's everything we know about Come Fly with Me, including a Parade.com sneak peek.

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What is Come Fly with Me about?

Not long after Capt. Emma Fitzgerald (Heather Hemmens) arrives at Nellis Air Force Base for her two-year assignment on the famed Thunderbirds team, her shy, 11-year-old daughter Lucy (Pietra Castro) is befriended by Alice (Georgia Acken), whose civilian father Paul (Niall Matter), a widower, is raising her on his own. Alice is in awe of Emma, as she dreams of becoming a pilot someday despite suffering from a heart condition.

As the foursome spends time together, the girls decide to play matchmaker in the hope that a romance will lead Emma to put down roots rather than move again when her time with the Thunderbirds ends. Emma and Paul are drawn to each other and a spark develops, but Emma is overwhelmed by the demands of her Thunderbirds training and tells him she needs to focus on her flying. But when Alice’s health suddenly worsens, the thing keeping Emma and Paul apart could be what ultimately brings them all together.

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Meet the cast of Come Fly with Me

Heather Hemmens (Capt. Emma "Blitz" Fitzgerald)

Hemmens has appeared in several Hallmark Channel films including A Pinch of Portugal and Christmas in My Heart. She was a series regular on Roswell, New Mexico and has appeared on Yellowstone, The Vampire Diaries and Grey's Anatomy.

Niall Matter (Paul)

Matter is a staple at Hallmark Channel and a well-adored fan favorite. The Eureka actor previously starred in the Aurora Teagarden mystery movies and the Finding Father Christmas trilogy of movies opposite When Calls the Heart's Erin Krakow. He previously headlined the series, Primeval: New World which also starred Hallmark alums, Sarah Canning, Geoff Gufstafson, Miranda Frigon and Crystal Lowe.

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Where was Come Fly with Me filmed?

Come Fly with Me was filmed mostly in Nevada. Many of the scenes were filmed at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, the home of the world famous Thunderbirds.

When does Come Fly with Me premiere?

Come Fly with Me premieres on Friday, Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. ET on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.

When can I watch Come Fly with Me again?

Sunday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. ET
Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 9 p.m. ET
Thursday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. ET
Thursday, Oct. 12 at 5 p.m. ET

Does Parade.com have a sneak peek of Come Fly with Me?

Soar over to the player below to check out this Parade.com exclusive sneak peek of Come Fly with Me.

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