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
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
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
Friday August 29
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