Actor Treat Williams and illustrator Robert
Neubecker both loved airplanes when they were kids. Williams played
endlessly with a toy airplane his father built for him, and Neubecker,
whose family moved to Oshkosh in 8th grade, drew airplanes on long rolls
of paper spread out on the family’s kitchen floor.
AIR SHOW! is
loosely based on AirVenture, as this Robert Neubecker
Most know Williams as an accomplished
actor with several Golden Globe and Emmy nominations. But he’s been
flying airplanes since he was in high school—he soloed at age 17—and
is also a flight instructor. He owns a Piper Navajo as well as a T-6
Texan warbird. Neubecker is on the staff of the web magazine Slate.com.
The pair has collaborated on the children’s
book AIR SHOW! and will appear together Friday, July 30, at 2:30 p.m. in
the EAA Wearhouse for an Author’s Corner presentation and book
signing. At 12:30 p.m. that same day, the pair will appear at
The idea for the book came about when
they met several years ago in Park City, Utah, at a book party for
Neubecker. They discovered a shared passion for planes after Williams
saw Neubecker’s drawing of “Wow Airplane.” An idea took flight:
Why not collaborate on a children’s book about an air show? Soon they
were making plans to fly to the air show of air shows: EAA AirVenture
As Neubecker writes in his blog, “It
was simple. Treat had an airplane, actually two, and my dad lived in
Oshkosh. We figured we’d fly out there, write a book, and stay at my
The resulting book was written by
Williams and illustrated by Neubecker. It’s loosely based on that trip
to Oshkosh with two pilot friends and an assortment of kids in Williams’
Piper “Navajo Nine Five Charlie Lima.”
AIR SHOW! follows Ellie and her brother,
Gill, who fly with their pilot-father and his co-pilot friend, Carl, to
an air show. They’re wowed by vintage planes, fighter jets,
experimental planes, airliners, warbirds—everything from a vintage
1916 Spad to the new Boeing 787.
To make sure Neubecker got a true feel of
aerobatic flying, Williams took him up in his T-6.
“We did loops, rolls, and other
aerobatics. We buzzed the Wasatch Mountains so close you felt like you
could reach out and touch the peaks,” Neubecker said.
The book was published by Disney-Hyperion
signings featured at Author’s Corner
Dozens of aviation authors are
scheduled to appear at Author’s Corner throughout the week of EAA
AirVenture Oshkosh. Featured scribes will be signing books and DVDs, as
well as meeting and greeting attendees daily, July 26 through August 1.
Authors Corner’s three locations include the EAA Wearhouse, the Eagle
Hangar in the AirVenture Museum, and Aeronautica—the museum’s gift
Scheduled appearances are listed in the
AirVenture Info Guide, and can also be seen online at www.AirVenture.org/schedule.
Search for Author’s Corner under the “By Location” menu. You can
also search for authors in the “By Presenter” menu.