Monday, July 11, 2011


EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. - (July 11, 2011) - Hollywood legends George Lucas and Harrison Ford are just two of the many notable names scheduled to participate in activities surrounding EAA AirVenture 2011, which will be held July 25-31 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.

Lucas and Ford headline a marquee list of presenters scheduled to appear at EAA's Fly-In Theater, which features nightly movies free of charge with an AirVenture admission. The EAA Fly-In Theater is presented
by Ford Motor Company and supported by Hamilton Watches.

Lucas, director of the "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" franchises, will make his AirVenture debut on Friday, July 29, when he introduces a preview of his upcoming feature film, "Red Tails." This movie, set for release in 2012, tells the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American pilots to fly in a combat squadron during World War II.

Later that evening, astronauts Gene Cernan, EAA member and "the last man on the moon" during Apollo 17, and Dick Gordon, command module pilot of the second manned mission to land on the moon, Apollo 12, will introduce the evening's feature film, "Apollo 13."

Ford, an avid pilot and former EAA Young Eagles chairman, will introduce his 1993 hit, "Clear and Present Danger," on Wednesday, July 27. Additional featured presenters include actor and private pilot Robert Hays introducing the 1980 comedy classic "Airplane!," in which he played the traumatized "Ted Striker," on Thursday, July 28, and executive producer, pilot, and EAA member David Ellison speaking prior
to the showing of his film, "True Grit," on Tuesday, July 26.

"Top Gun" will be shown on Monday, July 26, in honor of the film's 25th anniversary and the Centennial of Naval Aviation, which is being celebrated all week at EAA AirVenture.

Baseball legend Ken Griffey Jr. and Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas return for the second straight year to the EAA Young Eagles Celebrity Golf Classic, which will be held Wednesday, July 27, at
Oshkosh Country Club. Among many others, they will be joined by Hays and actor Chris McDonald, who is well-known for his role as "Shooter McGavin" in the 1996 comedy hit "Happy Gilmore."

Registration is still open for the Young Eagles Celebrity Golf Classic, which supports EAA youth initiatives, at

EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH is The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration and EAA's yearly membership convention. Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket and camping purchase, is available online at EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit Immediate news is available at


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