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Aviation Film Classics, Top Personalities Part of Fly-In Theater During EAA AirVenture 2006


EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. - (June 19, 2006) — Some of the greatest aviation films of the past 50 years will be part of the new EAA Fly-In Theater, which is showing these movies nightly July 23-29 during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006. The 54th annual EAA fly-in convention takes place July 24-30 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.

The films shown each evening at the Fly-In Theater, presented by Ford Motor Company and Eclipse Aviation at EAA AirVenture, will include dramas, comedies and historical pieces. Each evening's presentation will begin at 8:30 p.m., with a personality from the worlds of aviation and/or cinema introducing the feature and providing background about the movie and aircraft. The film showing then begins at about 9 p.m. each evening, weather permitting.

Each night's feature, shown on a screen five stories tall, is free of charge to all EAA AirVenture attendees. Even popcorn is included! Guests should bring a blanket or lawn chair for seating at the natural amphitheater, located adjacent to EAA's Camp Scholler.

"What a superb way to finish a full day of flight - with an aviation movie under the stars at Oshkosh," said Tom Poberezny, EAA president and AirVenture chairman. "Thanks to Ford and Eclipse, we look forward to introducing this theater as an added value for those who attend the event in 2006. Bring the family and enjoy!"

Among the films and introduction presenters confirmed for the Fly-In Theater are:

  • Sunday, July 23: Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines (1965), a classic aviation comedy starring Stuart Whitman, Red Skelton and Benny Hill. Introducer to be announced.
  • Monday, July 24: The Blue Max (1966), starring George Peppard and James Mason. Introduction by: Kermit Weeks, EAA board member and owner of Fantasy of Flight museum in Polk City, Fla. Kermit's collection includes some of the World War I aircraft types featured in the film.
  • Tuesday, July 25: The High and the Mighty (1954), starring John Wayne and Robert Stack. Introduction by: Vern Raburn, Eclipse Aviation CEO and EAA board member, who owned and flew a Lockheed Constellation similar to the one featured in the film.
  • Wednesday, July 26: Air Force One (1997), starring Harrison Ford, actor, pilot, and EAA Young Eagles Chairman, and also starring Glenn Close and Gary Oldman. Ford will also introduce the film.
  • Thursday, July 27: The Great Waldo Pepper (1975), starring Robert Redford and Susan Sarandon. Introduction by: Tom Benenson, senior editor of FLYING Magazine.
  • Friday, July 28: 633 Squadron (1964), starring Cliff Robertson, Academy Award-winning actor and longtime EAA member, as well as George Chakiris. Robertson, the inaugural EAA Young Eagles Chairman in 1992-94, will also introduce the film.
  • Saturday, July 29: Battle of Britain (1969), with an all-star cast including Michael Caine, Sir Laurence Olivier, Christopher Plummer, Harry Andrews, and Robert Shaw. Introduction by: Cliff Robertson.

The Fly-In Theater will be located next to EAA AirVenture's Camp Scholler, at the north end of Doolittle Drive directly behind the Camp Store.

EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH is The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration and EAA's yearly membership convention. EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit www.eaa.org. EAA AirVenture information is also available through the World Wide Web at www.airventure.org.

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