May 30, 2013 - An Air Tractor AT-301 that has been transformed into "Dusty" - the cropduster and hero of Disney's Planes animated feature movie - will appear at AirVenture 2013.
The highly anticipated movie will receive a special preview screening at Oshkosh at the Ford Motor Company-presented EAA Fly-In Theater on Friday, August 2. Disney's Planes opens in theaters nationwide on August 9.
The airplane, owned by veteran ag pilot Rusty Lindeman, was upgraded to a turbine-powered model AT-400A, given a sparkling new paint scheme, even eyes on the windscreen, so that it now looks like Dusty.
AirVenture is among the 11 air shows Dusty will visit across the U.S. and Canada. Along with the appearances, Lindeman will perform flying demonstrations.
Kristin Edwards, vice president of sales of Olney, Texas-based Air Tractor, commented, "Our entire industry was excited to learn that the little crop duster Dusty is the hero of Disney's Planes. We're happy to help in bringing Dusty to life for the air show performances and hope that the audience will have fun and learn a bit more about the role of aerial application in modern agriculture."
In addition to an Interactive Disney Display Hangar offering a variety of activities, Air Tractor will provide kids and parents with puzzles, other giveaways, and information.