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Legendary filmmaker to introduce Red Tails on Wednesday, July 25
George Lucas
Entertainment personalities such as filmmaker George Lucas are among the presenters of the films shown at the Fly-In Theater.
Fly-In Theater
Thousands gather nightly under the stars to enjoy movies on a five-story-high screen at the Fly-In Theater, presented by Ford Motor Company and supported by Hamilton Watches.

Legendary filmmaker George Lucas will be back at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in 2012 and will highlight a diverse collection of presenters and feature films shown nightly at the popular EAA Fly-In Theater, which is presented by Ford Motor Company and supported by Hamilton Watches.

After showing a preview of his film Red Tails at AirVenture 2011, Lucas returns to present the full-length version of the film on Wednesday, July 25. Red Tails centers on the heroic Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American pilots to fly in a combat squadron during World War II. To make the evening even more special, Lucas will present the movie with surviving Tuskegee Airmen as well as Ford Motor Company's Edsel Ford.

Also returning is pilot and EAA member David Ellison, who will present his 2011 film, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, starring Tom Cruise, as well as trailers for two of his upcoming movies on Tuesday, July 24.

A special presentation scheduled for Thursday, July 26, will be announced at a later date.

Reminiscent of the drive-in theaters of days gone by, the Fly-In Theater provides guests with the perfect opportunity to relax and enjoy free popcorn after a long day of air shows, exhibits, and workshops. Located adjacent to Camp Scholler, the theater hosts a celebrity presenter and presents a different film each night on a five-story screen, giving guests yet another way to indulge their passion for aviation.

Films are show nightly from Sunday, July 22, through Saturday, July 28 (weather permitting), with presenters starting at 8:30 p.m. (with the exception of Saturday, which begins at 9:30 p.m.). Here's the complete schedule for the week:

Sunday, July 22
633 Squadron (1964, NR), starring Cliff Robertson, George Chakiris and Maria Perschy - An RAF squadron is assigned to knock out a German rocket fuel factory in Norway, which is part of the Nazi effort to launch rockets on England during D-day, by flying up a well-defended fjord at low level.

Memorial to Cliff Robertson, former EAA Young Eagles chairman

Monday, July 23
30 Seconds Over Tokyo (1944, NR), starring Spencer Tracy, Van Johnson and Robert Walker - In the wake of Pearl Harbor, a young lieutenant leaves his expectant wife to volunteer for a secret bombing mission that will take the war to the Japanese homeland.

Tuesday, July 24
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011, PG-13), starring Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner and Simon Pegg - The IMF is shut down when it is implicated in the bombing of the Kremlin, causing Ethan Hunt and his new team to go rogue to clear their organization's name.

Introduced by executive producer David Ellison, plus trailers to two upcoming movies: Jack Reacher starring Tom Cruise and The Guilt Trip starring Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand

Wednesday, July 25
Red Tails (2012, PG-13), starring Terrence Howard and Cuba Gooding Jr. - A crew of African-American pilots in the Tuskegee training program, having faced segregation while kept mostly on the ground during World War II, are called into duty under the guidance of Col. A.J. Bullard.

Introduced by executive producer George Lucas, Tuskegee Airmen, and Ford Motor Company's Edsel Ford

Thursday, July 26
Special presentation. Details to be announced at a later date.

Friday, July 27
Star Trek (2009, PG-13), starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Leonard Nimoy - The brash James T. Kirk tries to live up to his father's legacy with Mr. Spock keeping him in check as a vengeful, time-traveling Romulan creates black holes to destroy the Federation one planet at a time.

Plus trailer and discussion of upcoming movie Air Racers 3D with director Christian Fry

Saturday, July 28
The Great Waldo Pepper (1975, PG), starring Robert Redford, Bo Svenson and Susan Sarandon - A biplane pilot who had missed flying in World War I takes up barnstorming and later a movie career in his quest for the glory he had missed, eventually getting a chance to prove himself in a film depicting the dogfights in the Great War.

No pre-show. The movie will begin at 9:30 after conclusion of the Rockwell Collins Night Air Show.


FUTURE AIRVENTURE DATES: 2014: July 28-Aug. 3; 2015: July 20-26; 2016: July 25-31; 2017: July 24-30
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