blockbusters, new aviation films and stirring documentaries will be part
of this year’s Fly-In Theater at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, presented by
Ford Motor Company and Eclipse Aviation, which features movies nightly
on July 27 through August 2. The 56th annual EAA fly-in convention takes
place July 28-August 3 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.
Among the presenters at this year’s
films are movie icons Harrison Ford and John Travolta, World War II B-17
veterans and other aviation personalities. Ford will be introducing the
classic "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" on Wednesday
evening, July 30, While Travolta will introduce his film "Broken
Arrow" on Friday evening, August 1.
Each evening’s presentation at the
Fly-In Theater begins at 8:30 p.m., weather permitting. The feature
films are shown on a screen five stories tall and are 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.
“Thanks to Ford and Eclipse, we began
the Fly-In Theater two years ago and discovered it was 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.
“We are bringing even more great aviation films to the event this
year, many based on suggestions from EAA AirVenture visitors.”
Among the films confirmed for the Fly-In
July 27: The Memphis Belle: The Story of a Flying Fortress (1944),
and The Flight of Gossamer Condor (1978), a pair of documentaries
featuring unforgettable aircraft. Introduced by Academy
Award-winning producer Ben Shedd, who produced the Gossamer Condor
- Monday, July 28: Flyboys (2006),
starring James Franco, Jean Reno and David Ellison. Ellison will
introduce this film and talk about his own flying experiences.
- Tuesday, July 29: Speed & Angels
(2008), a drama that follows two young F-14 pilots through U.S. Navy
aviation training. Introduced by the film’s producer, Paco
Chierici, and one of the featured actors, Jay Consalvi.
- Wednesday, July 30: Indiana Jones and
the Temple of Doom (1984), starring Harrison Ford, Kate Capshaw and
Dan Aykroyd. Introduced by Ford, who also serves as chairman of EAA’s
Young Eagles program.
- Thursday, July 31: Strategic Air
Command (1955), starring Jimmy Stewart, June Allyson and Frank
Lovejoy. Presented by Bill Lowe, pilot, air show announcer and
- Friday, August 1: Broken Arrow (1996),
starring John Travolta, Christian Slater and Howie Long. Introduced
by Travolta, actor and pilot.
- Saturday, August 2: Memphis Belle
(1990), starring Matthew Modine, Eric Stoltz and Harry Connick Jr.
Introduced by World War II B-17 veterans.
The Fly-In Theater is located next to EAA
AirVenture’s Camp Scholler, at the north end of Doolittle Drive
directly behind the Camp Store.