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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh RSS FeedFly-In Theater returns with exciting slate of flight flicks

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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 Hamilton Watches.

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 Veterans” commemoration.

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 pilot—James Horner.

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, 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.

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.)

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