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SPACE NIGHT, MOVING THE SHUTTLE, JETMAN AND MILITARY HEROES PART OF EAA AIRVENTURE EVENING PROGRAMS
Canadian astronaut who became YouTube sensation this year among presenters
EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. — (June 27, 2013) — Chris Hadfield, the Canadian astronaut who became a YouTube sensation earlier this year with his “Space Oddity” music video from the International Space Station, will be among the “Space Night” presenters on Tuesday evening, July 30, during the evening programs at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013.“Space Night” is one highlight of a week of evening programs at EAA’s Theater in the Woods, which features aviation and other personalities in programming specifically aimed at aviation enthusiasts. The evening programs are included with AirVenture admission and are sponsored by Mars Snack Foods.
The July 30 “Space Night” presentation will feature Hadfield – whose YouTube video posted in May 2013 has surpassed 16 million views worldwide – along with former Space Shuttle Commanders Charlie Precourt and Kent Rominger (now with aerospace company ATK) to talk about the end of the Space Shuttle program and the future of manned space travel.“EAA members and AirVenture attendees have always been eager to hear in-depth about famous and innovative achievements during our evening programs at Theater in the Woods,” said Jim DiMatteo, EAA’s vice president of AirVenture features and attractions. “This year’s lineup is a tremendous mix of aviation history, accomplishments, and what’s ahead in the future.”
Other confirmed evening programs at Theater in the Woods include:Wednesday, July 31 – “Bringing the Space Shuttle West: An Evening with David Knight”: Knight was a key figure on the team that brought the Space Shuttle Endeavor from Florida to the California Science Center in Los Angeles. He also led the 150-person film crew the chronicled the most complex move of an object through an urban area in history. His presentation includes unreleased film footage from Endeavor’s last mission and the journey to her new home.
Thursday, Aug. 1 – Yves “Jetman” Rossy: Learn about the development of Rossy’s unique flight suit that has allowed him to fly over mountains, in formation with fighter jets, and through the Grand Canyon. Rossy’s presentation provides more background to the multiple flights he is making during EAA AirVenture.Friday, Aug. 2 – “American Warriors”: This special program is a fitting ending to a full day of AirVenture’ “Salute to Veterans” activities that honors veterans and current military members. The special guests will include top-level military honorees and pilots.
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 www.airventure.org. 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. Immediate news is available at www.twitter.com/EAAupdate.