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In Memoriam: Michael “Mike” Moodispaugh, Technical Operations Manager at the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation
July 15, 2019—It is with heavy hearts that the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation in Pensacola, Florida, announces the passing of their good friend and colleague, Mike Moodispaugh. Mike died suddenly at work on July 10, 2019, of apparent natural causes. He was 40 years old and is survived by his ten brothers and sisters and a large extended family.
Mike was a 22-year veteran in the industry, hired as an IMAX projectionist at just 19 years old in 1997. He was one of the first few projectionists at the newly opened theater at the National Naval Aviation Museum. He later became the Chief Projectionist and eventually was promoted to Technical Operations Manager. Mike and his staff won the IMAX Best Booth Award presented at the 2011 GSCA International Conference and Trade Show in Austin, Texas. He was instrumental in the museum's D3D/Christie installation of the world’s first 4K 2D giant screen laser projector system in an institutional theater. He was also responsible for installing and maintaining the museum’s MaxFlight 360 simulators, a MediaMation 4D theater, the Apollo 11 Virtual Reality Experience which opened in 2019, and many other museum projects too numerous to list.
Mike loved music, animals and his beloved Philadelphia Eagles. He forged many long-lasting friendships, both with fellow employees and with technicians in the giant screen and attractions industry and he will be missed dearly by all.