Some of the greatest aviation films of the past 50 years will be part of the new EAA Fly-In Theater, which is showing these movies nightly July 23-29 during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006. The 54th annual EAA fly-in convention takes place July 24-30 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, WI.
Each night's feature, shown on a screen five stories tall, is free of charge to all EAA AirVenture attendees. Even popcorn is included!
Among the films and introduction presenters confirmed for the Fly-In Theater are:
- Sunday, July 23: Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines (1965), a classic aviation comedy starring Stuart Whitman, Red Skelton and Benny Hill. Introducer to be announced.
- Monday, July 24: The Blue Max (1966), starring George Peppard and James Mason. Introduction by: Kermit Weeks, EAA board member and owner of Fantasy of Flight museum in Polk City, Fla. Kermit's collection includes some of the World War I aircraft types featured in the film.
- Tuesday, July 25: The High and the Mighty (1954), starring John Wayne and Robert Stack. Introduction by: Vern Raburn, Eclipse Aviation CEO and EAA board member, who owned and flew a Lockheed Constellation similar to the one featured in the film.
- Wednesday, July 26: Air Force One (1997), starring Harrison Ford, actor, pilot, and EAA Young Eagles Chairman, and also starring Glenn Close and Gary Oldman. Ford will also introduce the film.
- Thursday, July 27: The Great Waldo Pepper (1975), starring Robert Redford and Susan Sarandon. Introduction by: Tom Benenson, senior editor of FLYING Magazine.
- Friday, July 28: 633 Squadron (1964), starring Cliff Robertson, Academy Award-winning actor and longtime EAA member, as well as George Chakiris. Robertson, the inaugural EAA Young Eagles Chairman in 1992-94, will also introduce the film.
- Saturday, July 29: Battle of Britain (1969), with an all-star cast including Michael Caine, Sir Laurence Olivier, Christopher Plummer, Harry Andrews, and Robert Shaw. Introduction by: Cliff Robertson.