March 29, 2013
By Jim Moore
Dane Cook gives voice to the character “Dusty,” a crop duster aspiring to race. Image courtesy Disney.
“Iceman” and “Goose” of Top Gun fame return to the silver screen in animated form this summer, part of the star-studded cast of Disney’s animated feature Planes, the story of a crop duster that dreams of racing.
Anthony Edwards and Val Kilmer perform the voices of “Bravo” and “Echo.” Image courtesy Disney.
Anthony Edwards, a real-life pilot recently featured on AOPA Live This Week will rejoin Top Gun co-star Val Kilmer performing the voices of “Bravo” and “Echo” in the adventure comedy about a crop duster named “Dusty” who must overcome a serious fear of heights—along with some design disadvantages—to compete against top-flight racing airplanes in a race around the world. A preview published in USA Today details much of the storyline of a movie originally slated to go straight to DVD but now planned as a 3-D theatrical feature. A publicist eagerly predicted the film will inspire a new generation to take flight in real life and pursue aviation careers.
Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett, Teri Hatcher, John Cleese, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus are also among the well-known names in the cast, announced in full on March 27.
Around the World Flight,
History abounds at San Marcos, Texas, where the Commemorative Air Force has a hangar full of warbirds and a museum with Doolittle Raider artifacts.
Alaska seaplane pilots will gather at Lake Hood April 26 for a day of free seminars, briefings, and conversation to kick off the season.
The next stop is Putrajaya, Malaysia, on May 17 and 18 for the 2014 Red Bill Air Race World Championship, following an “electrifying” contest in Rovinj, Croatia.
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