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What is the Greatest Aviation Movie of All Time? Make Your Choice at www.airventure.org!

See the winning film at the Ford/Eclipse Fly-in Theater during EAA AirVenture 2007

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. - (February 23, 2007) — What is the best aviation movie of all time? Some people think it is a heroic war epic. Others are convinced the best is a gripping drama or even a slightly screwball comedy.

The question will be decided once and for all this year, as the Experimental Aircraft Association has opened the voting for "The Greatest Aviation Movie of All Time" at EAA's www.airventure.org website. This website is the complete information center for EAA AirVenture 2007, "The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration," which will be held July 23-29 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis.

Online voters can choose from one of 10 finalists, which were the most-mentioned films from more than 140 productions nominated by EAA's 170,000 members earlier this year. The top vote-getter will be proclaimed "The Greatest Aviation Movie of All Time," and be shown on the huge outdoor screen at the Ford/Eclipse Fly-In Theater during EAA AirVenture 2007.

"There is no better place to showcase the best aviation film of all time than at EAA AirVenture," said Tom Poberezny, EAA president and AirVenture chairman. "Great aviation films are a celebration of flight, and each year the aviation world gathers at Oshkosh to enjoy the imagination and innovation that flying brings to civilization. We hope everyone has the opportunity to vote for their favorite film, then join us to watch it during EAA AirVenture."

The 10 finalists span more than 40 years of moviemaking, and are based on everything from historical moments to best-selling novels. The 10 movies that were the most popular nominations by EAA members, earning its way as one of the finalists, are:

  • Twelve O'Clock High (1949), starring Gary Merrill, Robert Arthur and Gregory Peck;
  • The High and The Mighty (1954), starring John Wayne and Claire Trevor;
  • The Spirit of St. Louis (1957), starring Jimmy Stewart and Murray Hamilton;
  • The Flight of the Phoenix (1965), starring Jimmy Stewart and Richard Attenborough;
  • Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines (1965), starring Stuart Whitman and Sarah Miles;
  • The Blue Max (1966), starring George Peppard and James Mason;
  • Battle of Britain (1969), starring Laurence Olivier and Robert Shaw;
  • The Great Waldo Pepper (1975), starring Robert Redford and Bo Svenson;
  • Top Gun (1986), starring Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis;
  • Memphis Belle (1990), starring Matthew Modine and Eric Stoltz.
Everyone is welcome to vote in the online poll. Voting will continue through May 2, with winner and viewing date announced shortly thereafter.

Ford Motor Company and Eclipse Aviation are again sponsoring the Fly-In Theater, which will be open each evening (weather permitting) from Sunday, July 22 through Saturday, July 28. There is no admission charge for the theater, which is open to all AirVenture guests. Each evening's show begins at approximately 8:30 p.m., with an introduction by a celebrity presenter, followed by a classic aviation film at about 9 p.m., shown on a projection screen measuring five stories high.

FLYING Magazine senior editor Tom Benenson, who created many of the introductions for the Fly-In Theater at EAA AirVenture 2006, is working with EAA to reach aviation enthusiasts so they participate in the online poll.

"I think everyone who enjoys airplanes has a favorite flying movie and here's an opportunity to settle the question of which one is considered the best," Benenson said.

EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH is The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration and EAA's yearly membership convention. 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 www.eaa.org. EAA AirVenture information is also available through the World Wide Web at www.airventure.org.

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