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AirVenture Salutes Apollo 13
July 18, 2015 - This year marks the 45th anniversary of NASA’s Apollo 13 lunar mission, and EAA will hold several activities featuring many of the people who worked together to turn a potential tragedy into an extraordinary success.
Getting the crippled Apollo spacecraft and its crew back safely to Earth is the stuff of legend, and EAA AirVenture Oshkosh visitors will get the full story from those heroes who achieved it. Scheduled to attend during the week are astronauts Jim Lovell and Fred Haise, flight directors Gene Kranz and Milt Windler, and Bill Reeves, lunar module flight controller.
In the coming week, the following special events will take place featuring the Apollo 13 story.
First Wing/EAA Lifetime Dinner, Tuesday, July 21, 5 p.m. Gene Kranz will be the featured speaker for the annual gathering of EAA lifetime members and key supporters.
“Apollo 13” - Forum presentation in Honda Aircraft Forum Pavilion 7, Wednesday, July 22, 11:30-12:45, with Kranz, Windler, and Reeves. Expect an overflow crowd at EAA’s largest forum venue in the Honda Forums Pavilion.
Evening program at Theater in the Woods, Wednesday, July 22, 6:30 p.m. See Cmdr. Lovell, lunar module pilot Haise, flight directors Kranz and Windler, and lunar module flight controller Reeves in what will surely be one of this year’s more memorable events. David Hartman will host the program.
EAA Fly-In Theater on Friday, July 24. Watch the award-winning movie Apollo 13 (1995), starring Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise, and Ed Harris. Windler will introduce the film along with Reeves, who was on NASA’s Mission Operations team in Houston during the Apollo 13 mission. The EAA Fly-In Theater is presented by Ford Motor Company.