Aviation heroes spanning the past 60 years
and a full slate of aviation-based movies headline this year’s Fly-In
Theater at AirVenture, presented by Ford Motor Company and supported by
Photo by Aaron
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.
On Sunday, DC-3/C-47 veterans will
introduce the classic aviation film Island in the Sky to open the
theater as well as kick off AirVenture’s weeklong “Salute to
Monday welcomes the top-grossing
movie of all time, Avatar (2009, rated PG-13), a movie that
features futuristic attack helicopters and other flight themes.
Introducing the picture is Academy Award-winning composer—and aspiring
Tuesday, July 27, Amelia
(2009, rated PG) is a dramatized biographical film of the life of Amelia
Earhart. Introduced by Nicolas Ivanoff, Red Bull Air Race pilot, and
Greg Herrick, president of the Aviation Foundation of America.
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,
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.
On Thursday, July 29, the sci-fi
thriller The Final Countdown (1980, rated PG) tells the story of
a modern aircraft carrier traveling back through time to the days prior
to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The movie will be introduced by
Rico Sharqawi, executive producer of the movie A Pilot’s Story.
The 2004 remake of Flight of the
Phoenix (2004, rated PG-13) will show on Friday evening, July
30, introduced by its director, John Moore. The movie tells the story of
a group of air crash survivors stranded in the Mongolian desert
attempting to build a new plane from the wreckage in hopes of flying
back to civilization.
Closing out the theater on Saturday,
July 31, at a special 9:30 p.m. start time due to the night air show is The
Red Baron (2008, rated PG-13). This is a German biopic about the
legendary World War I fighter pilot Manfred von Richthofen. (Guest
presenter to be announced.)