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American Cinematographer is a monthly magazine published since 1920 focusing on the art and craft of cinematography.
The March 1983 issue featured an article by David H. Huie titled "John Denver, Rowlf & Ikegami Take to the Air" detailing the filming of the flying sequence in Rocky Mountain Holiday.
The majority of the article covers technical details on the types of cameras and rigging used for the shoot, and describes preparing the plane whose occupants included John Denver, pilot, and Jim Henson, performing Rowlf the Dog.
Huie also describes some technical difficulty that placed Denver and Henson in danger during the flight:
The scene was included in the special when broadcast on TV, but was cut from the 2003 DVD release.