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Final Schedule Set for Theater in the Woods

  • EAA’s Theater in the Woods’ lineup will draw large crowds at Oshkosh this year.

 June 18, 2015 - The evening schedule for EAA’s historic Theater in the Woods is now final following some minor changes made to the preliminary lineup released previously. Sit back and enjoy our feature programs in a relaxed atmosphere after a long day at the convention. Programming is featured Sunday, July 19, through Saturday, July 25.

Sunday, July 19: An Evening With Champions: EAA’s traditional pre-convention program will again feature A Night of Champions, with Rod Machado and Richard de Crespigny, the Qantas Airlines captain credited with averting a catastrophe after a successful emergency landing of an Airbus A380.

Opening Day July 20, Air Show Preview: Monday programming starts a little later than usual - at 8:30 p.m. – after the Dierks Bentley concert on Boeing Plaza. Join us as EAA welcomes, Scott Yoak, Melissa and Rex Pemberton, Matt Younkin, and others for an exclusive EAA AirVenture Air Show Preview.

Tuesday, July 21, Barber and Burt: Expect to see more air show folks Tuesday evening as performers and crew members gather to honor one of their own. World Airshow News magazine’s presentation of the annual Bill Barber Award for Showmanship leads off the evening program, and the honored recipient is Bob Carlton of Vertigo Airshows. Then sit back and enjoy an evening with Burt Rutan as he presents, “Looking Back at 50 Years of Flight Test,” with his longtime Rutan Aircraft Factory and Scaled Composites associate, test pilot Mike Melvill, hosted by former ABC Good Morning America anchor David Hartman.

Wednesday, July 22, Music and the Apollo 13 Mission: Enjoy the world’s only official volunteer air show concert band as it opens the evening program at 5 p.m. Then get ready for a real treat as EAA commemorates the 45th anniversary of Apollo 13, with flight director Gene Kranz, astronauts Jim Lovell and Fred Haise, and other team members from what was called a “successful failure” of the aborted moon mission. David Hartman will host the program.

Thursday, July 23, Space Night: Join us at Theater in the Woods on Thursday as we mark the centennial of NASA and its preceding agency, NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics) starting at 8 p.m. Also learn all about NASA’s Orion spacecraft project, the exploration vehicle that will carry astronauts farther into space than ever before, from two key figures involved in the program, Larry Price, Lockheed Martin’s deputy Orion Program manager, and Susan Baggerman, health and medical technical authority to the Orion Program office.

Friday, July 24, Record-Setting Exec and Awesome Firepower: After presentation of the 2015 Rotorcraft judging awards, hear Alan Eustace, past executive vice president at Google, as he talks about his world record highest-altitude free fall parachute jump set in 2014. Then get ready to learn all about current military aircraft appearing in Oshkosh this year, featuring pilots, test pilots, and crew members of the F-22 Raptor, B-52H bomber, and the new F-35 Lightning II.

Saturday, July 25, WWII Pathfinders: We wrap up another stellar year for evening programs at Theater in the Woods with a special program dedicated to a pair of World War II leaders who helped pave the way for those who followed. Col. Charles E. McGee, pilot with the Tuskegee Airmen, the United States’ first squadron of African-American pilots during the war, and Bee Haydu, a WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) who helped spearhead the effort to recognize WASPs as veterans, which finally occurred in 1977 under President Jimmy Carter.

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