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Opening General Session and Military Jet Team Schedule Announcement

Tuesday, December 13th 2022 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Summit 205

Top Gun Maverick, how it was made and what its popularity means to the air show community will be the topic of the opening keynote session for the 2022 ICAS Convention. Featuring three individuals intimately involved with the aerial footage featured in this $1.5 BILLION-grossing movie, the panel discussion-style session will give you insight on what has made the film one of the top ten money-earners of all time and what the air show community can learn from that success.

The film, described by its star Tom Cruise as a love letter to aviation, features flying footage that is more realistic than anything previously seen on the big screen. And our three panelists were intimately involved in helping to make the movie so authentic. Commander Frank “Walleye” Weisser is a former U.S. Navy Blue Angel who flew many of the most dramatic, low-altitude F-18 Hornet segments included in the film. Kevin LaRosa II is the aerial coordinator and motion picture pilot who shot much of that footage. And long-time ICAS member and air show performer Chuck Coleman was involved in the orientation and flight training for all of the actors with pilot roles in the movie. The session will be moderated by media consultant and digital content creator Steph Stricklen.

Sponsored by: Commemorative Air Force