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Air Force Museum Theatre adds "Goose" power to star lineup of TOP GUN 3D presenters at Reel Stuff Film Festival of Aviation

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Actor Anthony Edwards has been added to a pair of film industry luminaries participating in the Air Force Museum Theatre's special presentation of TOP GUN 3D on Saturday, April 13, in Dayton, Ohio. Edwards, who played the role of Navy Lt. Nick "Goose" Bradshaw in the 1986 Paramount Pictures blockbuster, will co-present the screening with pilot Clay Lacy, the film's aerial cinematographer, and Barry Sandrew, Ph. D., founder of Legend3D, the company that recently converted TOP GUN for Paramount Pictures into digital 3D from its original 35mm film format.

Two rare theatrical screenings of TOP GUN 3D are among eleven aviation films shown as part of the First Annual Reel Stuff Film Festival of Aviation, April 12-14, 2013. The Reel Stuff Film Festival serves as the grand re-opening of the Air Force Museum Foundation's newly renovated, state-of-the-art 400-seat giant screen theatre. The event is attracting cinema and aviation buffs from across North America.

A second screening of TOP GUN 3D will conclude the festival on Sunday, April 14, and features the return of Dr. Sandrew co-presenting with retired Navy Capt. Robert L. "Hoot" Gibson, a former "Top Gun" fighter pilot and retired five-time Shuttle astronaut. An audience Q&A session with the filmmakers will follow each show.

Edwards is equally known for his award-winning portrayal of the overworked but dedicated Dr. Mark Greene on the hit series, "ER." In addition to TOP GUN, he has starred in over twenty features and numerous television shows and has directed several more. Edwards is also an Emmy award winning producer and his next producing project is the documentary film SEARCHING FOR HOME: COMING BACK FROM WAR, about military veterans returning from war and assimilating back into society. He recently made his return to series television with ABC's adventure-drama, "Zero Hour." The upcoming August release of PLANES from Disney Animation will feature Edwards and TOP GUN co-star Val Kilmer as the voices of two F-18's characterized in the animated film. Edwards, a licensed pilot who flies as much as he can, currently lives in New York City with his wife and four children.

The Reel Stuff Film Festival of Aviation includes a diverse lineup of aviation features such as a digitally re-mastered version of the 1927 silent classic, WINGS, presented William Wellman, Jr., son of the film's late director; MEMPHIS BELLE, presented by producer Catherine Wyler; and FIRST IN FLIGHT, a Midwest premier presented by producer Tara Tucker and director Brandon Hess.

Among documentaries and other special presentations will be THE RESTORERS, the pilot episode of a public television series presented by director Adam White and producer Kara Martinelli; a re-mastered episode of the original Milton Caniff STEVE CANYON television series, presented by producer and film restorer John Ellis; and AIR RACERS 3D, the first giant screen format film to focus on the famed Reno Air Races, presented by director/writer Christian Fry.

The complete list of films and presenters, screening schedule, and festival ticket information is available at With several screenings expected to sell out, advance reservations are recommended and can be made online or by calling (937) 253-4629.

The Air Force Museum Theatre is operated by the Air Force Museum Foundation, Inc. Proceeds will allow the non-profit 501(c)(3) foundation to bring this world-class festival to Dayton and help support entertainment and educational programs for patrons throughout the year. The Foundation was established in 1960 as a philanthropic, non-profit organization to assist the Air Force in the development and expansion of the facilities of the National Museum of United States Air Force. The Foundation raises funds through its Museum Store, Air Force Museum Theatre, membership program, flight simulators, and Valkyrie Café, as well as from direct donations. For more information visit

Reel Stuff Aviation Resources LLC is dedicated to supporting non-profit aviation organizations through producing entertaining events and programs that cinematically celebrate the people, wonder, and joy of flight. Reel Stuff founder and director, Ron Kaplan, is past executive director of the National Aviation Hall of Fame, a columnist for Pilot Magazine and Warbird Digest Magazine, and provides research and on-camera services to aviation film and media productions. His work appears on such projects as the Miramax documentary, The Role of Howard Hughes in Aviation History; PBS-TV's Emmy-winning series, Legends of Airpower; and Discovery Channel's Showdown: Air Combat series, among others. For more information visit

NOTE TO MEDIA: For more information, please contact Mary Bruggeman, Chief of Theatre Operations, Air Force Museum Foundation, Inc., at (937) 656-9623 or, or Ron Kaplan, Founder & Director, Reel Stuff Film Festival of Aviation, at (937) 212-8847 or