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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh RSS Feed24th Pre-AirVenture Program at Theater in the Woods

Danny Mortensen

Denny Fitch

Bill LIshman

Frank D. Boring

For the 24th year, AviationSpeakers.com brings a special pre-AirVenture program to Theater in the Woods, Evening With Champions, on Sunday, July 26. Master of Ceremonies, also for 24 years, is Danny Mortensen, president of Bill Phelps’ Airline Ground Schools, author of The Airline Career and Interview Manual and the 1990 Gold Trophy winner at the National Championship Air Races. EAA President Tom Poberezny’s official welcome will kick things off at 7:30, then it’s on with the program, featuring First Officer Denny Fitch of United Airline flight 252 which survived a spectacular emergency landing at Sioux City, Iowa, in 1989; Bill Lishman, the inspiration for the Academy Award nominated film Fly Away Home; and Frank Boring, producer of Fei Hu, The Story of the Flying Tigers.

7:30 p.m.  Denny Fitch was commended by President George H. W. Bush and the U.S. Senate for his outstanding effort, poise and courage in assisting the crew in attempting a difficult emergency landing of United Flight 232 on July 19, 1989, at Sioux City, Iowa. The control of the plane was in Denny’s hands as he manned the throttles—the only control they had. He gives safety talks to aviation departments and inspirational and motivational programs to non-aviation groups. Capt. Fitch is recognized for his extensive experience as a fight instructor and check airman. He has accumulated over 20,000 hours of flight time and is a former FAA check pilot designee and is a safety consultant to NASA’s ASAP committee. He flies an A-36 and Champ for business and fun.

8:15 p.m.  Bill Lishman taught himself to fly, then became the first human to fly in formation with Birds. He also became the first person to lead a flock of birds on a migration. This pioneering work has led to the restoration of a migratory flock of the highly endangered whooping cranes that now summers in Wisconsin and winters in Florida. The story was the inspiration for the 1996 film Fly Away Home and the French Feature film The Winged Migration. Bill will present We Owe It to the Birds, about how the air adventure in nature, started four hundred million years ago, continues to be inspiration for humans to fly. Bill ends his talk describing his new initiative Air First Aid, using of weight-shift aircraft in disaster relief work.
9:00 p.m.  Frank D. Boring produced PBS documentary Fei Hu, The Story of the Flying Tigers. Frank drew from 70 hours of interviews in four countries and the best of 15 hours of flying footage shot in Burma and China. Before Pearl Harbor was attacked plunging the U.S. into WWII, the American Volunteer Group (AVG), volunteer U.S. pilots were prepared to take on the entire Japanese military at the Burma and China front lines. Frank’s 11 years of comprehensive research of the Flying Tigers created a colorful, one-of-a-kind multimedia show, Talking With Tigers. The Tigers, they’ve entrusted him with their history. Frank weaves archival flying film footage with filmed pilot interviews, mixes insider details, little known and funny stories to bring history to life.

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