FlyBoys Night Out Events To Usher in Wide Release of FlyBoys
EAAers Encouraged To Take Part
September 7, 2006 — Several pilot groups across the country are planning special "Flyboys Night Out" events to celebrate the wide release of Flyboys, which opens at theaters nationwide on Friday, September 22. The movie, which premiered at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006, depicts the story of the Lafayette Escadrille, an American air squadron that fought for France before the United States entered the war against Germany. It's also the first WWI movie to come out of Hollywood in forty years.
In New York City, an event involving members of EAA, CAP, AOPA, the Ninety-Nines and others is being organized. In Las Vegas, several of the Thunderbirds spouses are organizing a movie night for friends and family of the Air Force Thunderbirds.
Those interested in hosting a "Flyboys Night Out" event should contact Luke Thivierge for assistance with door prizes, such as including movie posters signed by the cast and/or WWI model airplanes, along with and local media coverage.
The movie has numerous ties with EAA, starting with director Tony Bill, EAA 72574; aircraft builder Robert Baslee, EAA 82770, who was contracted to build four Nieuport airplanes in 52 days for the film; and aerobatic pilot and EAAer David Ellison, who performed at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003 as one of the Stars of Tomorrow and makes his acting debut as one of the Lafayette Escadrille pilots.