Monday, September 27, 2010

Sean Casey's Tornado Intercept Vehicle Vists IMAX

Sean Casey had a lot of fun meeting fans at the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater yesterday.

The Discovery Channel star of "Storm Chasers" brought his Tornado Intercept Vehicle, TIV, to Chattanooga for the Giant Screen Cinema Association's annual conference. Sean was promoting his new film, "Tornado Alley."
Casey joined researchers from the VORTEX 2 project, the most ambitious effort ever made to understand the origins and evolution of tornadoes, during the filming of "Tornado Alley." Casey spent eight years chasing storms to capture what may be some of the most stunning tornado footage ever seen.

One future tornado researcher (Seen above.) traveled a LONG WAY to meet Sean and see the TIV. Jack Jester celebrated his ninth birthday by going for a ride around downtown Chattanooga in the TIV. His mother drove from Peoria, Illinois to make sure he had an unforgettable birthday.

The TIV sure looked strange travelling the streets near the Tennessee Aquarium. Casey says what was once a Dodge truck was stripped down to the chassis and engine to create a nearly tornado proof SUV. "Obviously there are limits," said Casey. "An F-5 tornado can sweep a building off it's foundation. But the TIV has several layers of Kevlar, aluminum and steel to protect us while we are filming inside a tornado. The body rests on air bags which deflate to lower the body near the ground. And the vehicle also has skirts with poles that we can drive into the ground with hydraulics to keep wind from getting under the vehicle."

Many fans were captivated by his storm chasing stories and are already excited about the release of Tornado Alley in the Spring of 2011.

Thanks Sean and the Tornado Alley production team from Giant Screen Films for bringing this exciting whirlwind tour to the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater.

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