Aviation heroes spanning the past 60 years headline this year's Fly-In Theater presenters at AirVenture, presented by Ford Motor Company and supported by Hamilton Watches. Among the presenters of this year's films:
AirVenture attendees watch an outdoor movie at the Fly-In Theater.
- DC-3/C-47 veterans, who will introduce classic aviation film, "Island in the Sky," on Sunday, July 25, to kick off AirVenture's week-long "Salute to Veterans" commemoration.
- U.S. Airways Flight 1549 pilots Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and Jeff Skiles, will introduce "Brace For Impact" – a documentary chronicling Sullenberger through the "Miracle on the Hudson" landing – to lead off a double feature on Wednesday, July 28.
- Immediately following on Wednesday, World War II P-51 Mustang ace Jim Brooks will share his experiences leading into "Gray Eagles," which details the reunion with his historic plane after 60 years.
Additionally, highlighting the Fly-In Theater lineup is the critically acclaimed, independent motion picture "Pearl" on Friday, July 30. Winner of the "Best in Show" at Indie Fest 2009 along with numerous other accolades, "Pearl" follows the true story of Pearl Carter Scott, a Chickasaw teen who finds her dream life as a barnstormer on a collision course with her greatest passion. The film, which is tentatively slated to be released in theaters this fall, is scheduled to be introduced by the Governor of the Chickasaw Nation and "Pearl" executive producer Bill Anoatubby, executive producer Robyn Elliot, producer David Rennke, and film stars Elijah DeJesus and Angela Gair.
Each evening's presentation at the Fly-In Theater begins at 8:30 p.m. (9:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 31), weather permitting. The feature films are shown on an inflatable screen five stories tall and are free of charge to all EAA AirVenture attendees. Guests should bring a blanket or lawn chair for seating at the natural amphitheater, located adjacent to EAA's Camp Scholler at the north end of Doolittle Drive directly behind the Camp Store.
The films confirmed for the Fly-In Theater at EAA AirVenture 2010 are:
- Sunday, July 25: Island in The Sky (1953, not rated). A pilot and crew of a World War II-era DC-47 Skytrain try to survive after a forced emergency landing in the uncharted wildlands near the Quebec-Labrador border. Starring John Wayne and Lloyd Nolan. Introduced by DC-3/C-47 veterans.
- Monday, July 26: Avatar (2009, rated PG-13). Highest grossing movie of all-time features aviation content in the form of futuristic attack helicopters. Starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, and Michelle Rodriguez. Introduced by Academy Award-winning composer and aspiring pilot James Horner.
- Tuesday, July 27: Amelia (2009, rated PG). A dramatized biographical film of the life of Amelia Earhart. Starring Hilary Swank and Richard Gere. Introduced by Nicolas Ivanoff and Greg Herrick.
- Wednesday, July 28 (double feature): Brace For Impact (2010, documentary). Re-live the historic U.S. Airways Flight 1549 with Capt. Sullenberger from New York's LaGuardia Airport back to the Hudson River. Introduced by Flight 1549 pilots Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and Jeff Skiles. Then, Gray Eagles (2009, documentary). The reunion between humble World War II P-51 Mustang ace Jim Brooks and his historic plane, "February," that he never thought he would see again after 60 years. Introduced by Jim Brooks.
- Thursday, July 29: The Final Countdown (1980, rated PG). A modern aircraft carrier travels through time to just before the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. Starring Kirk Douglas and Martin Sheen. Introduced by Rico Sharqawi, "A Pilot's Story" executive producer.
- Friday, July 30: Pearl (2010). Set in 1920s rural Oklahoma, The true coming of ages story of Pearl Carter Scott, a high-spirited, 12-year-old Chickasaw girl who became the youngest licensed pilot in the United States. Winner of "Best in Show" at Indie Fest 2009. Starring Elijah DeJesus, Andrew Sensenig and Angela Gair. Introduced by Governor of the Chickasaw Nation and "Pearl" executive producer Bill Anoatubby, executive producer Robyn Elliot, producer David Rennke, and film stars Elijah DeJesus and Angela Gair.
- Saturday, July 31: The Red Baron (2008, rated PG-13, special start time of 9:30 p.m. due to Night Air Show). A German biopic about the legendary World War I fighter pilot Manfred von Richthofen. Starring Matthias Schweighofer and Til Schweiger.