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Stars of the Sky and Screen:
Runway Cinema Schedule

APM Directors Steve Black and Aaron Klugherz, the purveyors of Antique Airfield's "Runway Cinema" program, are pleased to announce the schedule of genuine aviation movies showing at the fly-in this year. It's a great lineup, with films featuring some of the aircraft attending this year's fly-in as "Stars of the Sky and Silver Screen".

Join us nightly (8:30pm) at the APM Restoration Center for classic aviation movies shown outdoors under the stars. (Please access the Restoration Center via the east side of the Fly Market building.)

Wednesday August 27

Atlantic Flight

In 1937 pilot Dick Merrill became famous for being the first pilot to make a commercial transatlantic roundtrip flight. Monogram Pictures, wanting to capitalize on Merrill's celebrity status, quickly created this film where Merrill plays Dick Bennett, friend of want-to-be aircraft designer Bill. At a competition, Bill tries to fly his own plane but crashes it and is mortally wounded. Dick must break another air record, crossing the Atlantic with a medical serum that can save his friend's life.

Strictly a "B" feature, Atlantic Flight is considered an historical record, with a great deal of aviation footage of the period to commend it.

1937 Monogram Pictures, 59 minutes
Cast: Dick Merrill, Weldon Hayburn, Jack Lambie, Paula Stone, Milburn Stone

Thursday August 28

The Flying Irishman

The Flying Irishman is the true story of Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan, who set out to cross the U.S. in his dilapidated Curtiss Robin and ended up landing in Ireland, claiming his compass had malfunctioned. The Flying Irishman covers the material of Corrigan's autobiography, That's My Story, from his early life to his return from his wrong-way flight. The Flying Irishman was made very quickly to exploit the huge public interest in the adventure.

Filming took place from November 15 to December 1938 in Van Nuys and Culver City, California,

1939 RKO Pictures, 91 minutes
Cast: Douglas Corrigan as himself, Gene Renolds, Paul Kelly, Robert Armstrong, Donald MacBride, Eddi Quillan, J.M. Kerrigan, Dorothy Peterson.

Friday August 29

The Rocketeer

Straight from the pages of pulp comic magazines from a bygone era, The Rocketeer recreates 1930's Hollywood, complete with gangsters, Nazi spies, and the growth of the Age of Aviation. Young pilot Cliff Secord stumbles on a top-secret jetpack and with the help of his mechanic, Peevee, he attempts to save his girlfriend and stop the Nazis, becoming a high flying masked hero known as The Rocketeer.

1991 Walt Disney Pictures, 108 minutes
Cast: Billy Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, Alan Arkin, Timothy Dalton, Paul Sorvino, Tiny Ron Taylor

Saturday August 30

The War Lover

In this World War II story, Steve McQueen plays a B-17 pilot named Buzz Rickson based in England. Failing at everything not involving flying, Rickson lives for the most dangerous missions, which are taking a toll on his psyche. He finds it so difficult to interact with others, especially women, that he grows ever more reckless in his flying. And when he tries to steal his co-pilot's girlfriend, more conflict and drama erupt.

1962 Columbia Pictures, 105 minutes
Cast: Steve McQueen, Robert Wagner, Shirley Anne Field, Gary Cockrell, Robert Easton, Michael Crawford, Ed Bishop