|Theater in the Woods was the place to be last year to see Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band in concert.
With seating for 3,500 people, Theater in the Woods is the largest public gathering structure on AirVenture convention grounds.
From Sunday, July 24, through Saturday, July 30, you can see entertaining and informative evening programs - from SR-71 Blackbird pilots to astronauts; aviation icons Burt Rutan and Bob Hoover to the latest developments in the commercial race to space; and music from an all-volunteer concert band to Gary Sinise's Lt. Dan Band and country star Aaron Tippin.
Nightly program starts range from 6:45 to 7:30. Theater in the Woods is supported by M&Ms.
AirVenture 2011 Theater in the Woods Schedule
Sunday, July 24
EAA AirVenture 2011 "Kick-off" Show
Master of Ceremonies - Danny Mortensen
For the 26th year, AviationSpeakers.com brings you a pre-convention warm-up!
7:30 p.m. - Colonel Rich Graham flew the world's fastest and highest flying aircraft, the SR-71 Blackbird, for seven years during his 25-year Air Force career. He also flew 210 combat missions in Vietnam as an F-4 fighter and Wild Weasel pilot. Graham will take the audience on a complete SR-71 mission to image the naval fleet headquarters in Murmansk, Russia.
8:15 p.m. - Doreen Welsh was a US Airways flight attendant on Flight 1549, the Miracle on the Hudson, which safe to say put her 38 years of emergency training to the test. The professional response of the entire crew saved all 150 passengers. Hear the fascinating inside details during one of the most compelling, intense presentations you'll ever hear.
9:00 p.m. - Dick Rutan - Unscripted and Unplugged! From behind the scenes and under the rug, Rutan will take you back in time with tales about Mom and Pop Rutan and his brother Burt, along with his many adventures. This'll be a real treat for Rutan fans. Plenty of time for questions and answers afterward, too.
Monday, July 25
7:30 p.m. - Join ICAS Hall of Fame member Danny Clisham and by Jeff Parnau, publisher of World Airshow News, as they present this year's Bill Barber Showmanship award to Rich and Dee Gibson of Rich's Incredible Pyro.
8 p.m. - Welcome to Oshkosh from Mayor Burke Tower, and presentation of the 2011 Key to the City award.
8:15 p.m. - Air Mail Centennial: Ron Alexander traces the development of air mail service from its inception in a Bleriot XI to the present.
9:15 p.m. - Watch the movie "Barnstormers."
Tuesday, July 26
7:00 p.m. - Winnebagoland Barbershoppers: Hear the old-time, close harmonies and light-hearted wit at the Winnebagoland Barbershoppers' annual Oshkosh appearance.
7:30 p.m. - Presentation of the EAA President's Awards and the Freedom of Flight Award: EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower will recognize several outstanding EAA members for their dedication to EAA and GA. Rod will also present EAA's highest honor, the Freedom of Flight Award.
8 p.m. - A Tribute to Bob Hoover, hosted by David Hartman: Capping off Bob Hoover Day, join "pilot's pilot" Bob Hoover himself as he shares highlights from his storied career, from World War II to the air show circuit.
Wednesday, July 27
6:45 p.m. - EAA Volunteer Concert Band: Under the direction of EAA Chapter 790 President Elton Eisele, the EAA Volunteer concert band will open the evening's program with a variety of aviation-themed music.
7:30 p.m. - National GA Awards: FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt recognizes excellence in GA with presentation of the Aviation Maintenance Technician of the Year, Avionics Technician of the Year, Certified Flight Instructor of the Year, and FAA Safety Team Representative of the Year.
7:50 p.m. - Virgin Galactic update: George Whitesides, Virgin Galactic CEO, will present an update on SpaceShipTwo's progress, including the recent "feather" test flights.
8:20 p.m. - Salute to Naval Aviation: David Hartman is joined by Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Gary Roughead, and naval aviators Capt. Jim Lovell, Capt. Gene Cernan, and Capt. Dick Gordon.
Thursday, July 28
7 p.m. - Women in Aviation: Featuring Women in Aviation International President Dr. Peggy Chabrian; NASA astronaut Capt. Kay Hire; Suzanna Darcy Henneman, Chief Training Pilot for Boeing; Capt. Connie Tobias, US Airways (who is also a Harriet Quimby re-enactor); and Lt. Jill Long, U.S. Air Force pilot and air show performer.
8 p.m. - Tribute to Burt Rutan: Burt has been an integral part of the innovation and advancement of the homebuilt aircraft (and spacecraft) movement for the past four decades, and a fixture at AirVenture. At the end of EAA's Tribute to Burt Rutan day, look back at Burt's career and hear the inside stories from one of the world's most creative minds.
Friday, July 29
7 p.m. - Rotorcraft Awards: Presentation of the 2011 EAA rotorcraft Lindys and other aircraft judging awards.
8 p.m. - Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band: Award-winning actor, veterans advocate, and star of the hit TV series CSI: New York, Gary Sinise has parlayed his popular role as Lt. Dan Taylor in the classic film Forrest Gump into a cookin' rock 'n' roll band. Prior to the 8 p.m. start, hear presentations from the Warbirds of America and the Disabled American Veterans. Then get ready to rock the night away!
Saturday, July 30
6:45 p.m. Aaron Tippin concert, presented by FedEx: After the Saturday Warbirds Extravaganza, Tippin will take to the stage and perform his many hits, including "Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagles Fly," "You've Got to Stand for Something," and "Kiss This." The Commemorative Air Force and "Red, White & Loud Tour" concert coincides with the much-anticipated return of the CAF's FIFI, the world's only airworthy B-29 Superfortress, to AirVenture after a 16-year absence.