EAA Young Eagles Program to Partner with The Stan Lee Foundation Encouraging Youth to Explore Aviation, Space

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Stan Lee, the legendary creator of such comic-book heroes as Spider-Man®, The Incredible Hulk®, and the X-Men®, will attend a July 28 public announcement at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The annual Experimental Aircraft Association fly-in convention attracts more than 500,000 people and 10,000 airplanes to Oshkosh each July.

The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) is teaming with The Stan Lee Foundation, a public charity promoting literacy, education, and the arts throughout the nation, to promote EAA’s Young Eagles program and encourage education and exploration for young people in all areas of aviation and aeronautics.

Stan Lee, the legendary creator of such comic-book heroes as Spider-Man®, The Incredible Hulk®, and the X-Men®, will attend EAA AirVenture Oshkosh on July 27-29 to help kickoff the partnership. After an initial special announcement at EAA Gathering of Eagles fundraiser on July 27, a public announcement will take place at 11:30 a.m. CDT on Friday, July 28 on the event's Boeing Plaza. Lee will also have a photo opportunity and autograph session at 2 p.m. on July 28 in the AirVenture Welcome Center, with shared proceeds benefiting The Stan Lee Foundation and EAA’s youth aviation education programs.

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, EAA’s annual fly-in convention on July 24-30, annually welcomes 500,000 people and 10,000 airplanes to Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Highlights this year include an Apollo astronaut reunion, full demonstrations by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, 75th anniversary recognition of the 8th Air Force and the famed Doolittle Raid, and much more.

“I’ve always believed in encouraging children to read, think, imagine, and do,” Lee said. “Nowhere do these positive actions come to life more than in EAA’s successful Young Eagles program. As Young Eagles celebrates its 25th anniversary, I want to donate a special gift to this wonderful program, and I’ll be bringing a new friend to Oshkosh to help me do it.”

Young Eagles has introduced flight to more than 2 million young people at no cost since 1992, created by EAA as an important pathway for kids to discover the world of flight. Past Young Eagles chairmen include actors Harrison Ford and Cliff Robertson, legendary pilot Gen. Chuck Yeager, “Miracle on the Hudson” pilots Sully Sullenberger and Jeff Skiles, plus the current chairman, air show star Sean D. Tucker.

“Our Young Eagles volunteer pilots and ground support people have created a unique legacy over the first 25 years of Young Eagles – one that has created a new generation of aviators and changes young lives,” said Jack J. Pelton, EAA CEO and Chairman. “We cannot express deeply enough our appreciation to Stan Lee and The Stan Lee Foundation for their support of Young Eagles. With their commitment announced at Oshkosh on July 28, we will bring Young Eagles even more visibility and participation in the next quarter-century.”

About The Stan Lee Foundation
The Stan Lee Foundation is a 501c(3) non-profit organization founded to provide access to literacy, education, and the arts throughout the nation. Created in 2009 on behalf of comics legend Stan Lee, considered the father of the modern-day comic and co-creator of Spider-Man®, The Incredible Hulk®, Fantastic Four®, Iron Man®, Thor®, and thousands of other comic book characters, The Stan Lee Foundation promotes literacy for children and adults, creates and distributes innovative educational programs for students and teachers, and provides access to the arts in underserved communities. More information is available at http://www.stanleefoundation.org.

About EAA Young Eagles
Young Eagles invites young people ages 8-17 to experience aviation through a demonstration flight conducted by EAA-member volunteer pilots. Since 1992, more than 2 million young people have been flown by more than 50,000 aviators, becoming the largest youth aviation education program ever created. More information is available at http://www.eaa.org/youngeagles.

About EAA
EAA embodies the spirit of aviation through the world’s most engaged community of aviation enthusiasts. EAA’s 200,000 members and 1,000 local chapters enjoy the fun and camaraderie of sharing their passion for flying, building and restoring recreational aircraft. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 800-JOIN-EAA (800-564-6322) or go to http://www.eaa.org. For continual news updates, connect with http://www.twitter.com/EAA.

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