and actor John Travolta (left) discusses his flying experiences
and moviemaking at the Fly-In Theater, sponsored by Ford Motor
Company, at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008. Interviewing Travolta
is Skip Lehman, representing Ford Motor Company. (EAA photo)
Pilot and actor Harrison Ford
(right) discusses his flying and moviemaking experiences with
Edsel Ford of Ford Motor Company during a 2008 event at the EAA
AirVenture Fly-In Theater. (EAA photo)
Hollywood blockbusters and stirring
documentaries will be part of this year's Fly-In Theater at EAA AirVenture
Oshkosh, presented by Ford Motor Company and supported by Hamilton
which features movies nightly on July 26 through August 1. The 57th annual
EAA fly-in convention takes place July 27-August 2 at Wittman Regional
Airport in Oshkosh.
Among the presenters at this year's films
are movie star Harrison Ford, renowned pilots and other aviation
personalities. Ford will be introducing the popular Six Days Seven Nights
on Wednesday evening, July 29.
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 free popcorn is included - all courtesy of Ford
Motor Company and supporting sponsor Hamilton Watches! Guests should bring a
blanket or lawn chair for seating at the natural amphitheater, located
adjacent to EAA's Camp Scholler.
"Thanks to Ford, the Fly-In Theater
has become a fast-growing tradition and superb way to finish a full day of
flight - with an aviation movie under the stars at Oshkosh," said Tom
Poberezny, EAA chairman/president and AirVenture chairman. "We
appreciate the personal involvement and support from Edsel Ford. In 2009,
we are bringing 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
- Sunday, July 26: One Six Right
(2005), which celebrates the unsung hero of aviation, the local
airport, introduced by filmmaker Brian Terwilliger, and Barnstorming
(2009), a new documentary where two pilots relive the nostalgic
tradition of planes landing in fields and taking people on first
flights. Introduced by producer Paul Glenshaw and director Bryan
- Monday, July 27: The Right
Stuff (1983), the popular dramatization of the America space
program's beginnings, starring Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn and Ed Harris.
Guest presenter to be announced.
- Tuesday, July 28: Cloud Dancer
(1980), a fictionalized account of aerobatic competition, starring the
late David Carradine, Jennifer O'Neill and Joseph Bottoms. Introduced
by EAA chairman/president Tom Poberezny, who was a pilot and technical
advisor for the film, and other guests to be announced.
- Wednesday, July 29: Six Days
Seven Nights (1998), starring Harrison Ford, Anne Heche and David
Schwimmer. Introduced by Ford, who is also chairman of EAA's Young
- Thursday, July 30: Bat*21
(1988), starring Gene Hackman, Danny Glover and Jerry Reed. Guest
presenter to be announced.
- Friday, July 31: X-15
(1961), starring Charles Bronson, Mary Tyler Moore and David McLean.
Introduced by X-15 pilot and NASA astronaut Joe Engle.
- Saturday, August 1: Pearl
Harbor (2001), starring Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett and Kate
Becksindale. Guest presenter to be announced.
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.