Dusty Star of "Disney's Planes" to Appear at Bethpage Air Show


Dusty, Star Of “disney’s Planes,” To Appear At Bethpage Air Show At Jones Beach Making His First Air Show Appearance!

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Bethpage, NY – May 13, 2013Bethpage Federal Credit Union and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, are pleased to announce an addition to the lineup for the 10th Anniversary 2013 Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach.  Dusty, star of “Disney’s Planes,” which comes to theaters August 9, 2013, will make an appearance at the Bethpage Air Show.  

The summer release of “Disney’s Planes,” the animated comedy adventure from above the world of the popular 2006 film “Cars,” has the entire aviation community buzzing. “Disney’s Planes” captures all of the thrill and excitement that flying has to offer—plus a lot of heart and humor.

For thousands of Bethpage Air Show attendees, the movie will jump to life with Dusty’s flying performance.  Dusty will show off his talents, communicate with the crowd and be accompanied by an exclusive and uplifting Disney musical score.  Following Dusty’s debut performance at the Bethpage Air Show, Dusty will appear at select air shows across the country.

In addition, the movie will come to life with a colorful interactive display at the Bethpage Air Show that will be loaded with activities. The display, which is a great attraction for children and adults alike, will feature stickers, tattoos, coloring sheets and more featuring all of the characters from “Disney’s Planes.”

“‘Disney’s Planes’ is a great underdog story, said director and aviation enthusiast Klay Hall. “It has a lot of heart and a message we can all use: If we can believe in ourselves, step out of our comfort zones and get past whatever fear is holding us back, we’d be surprised with the results. And that’s exactly what happens to Dusty in this movie. He’s

a crop duster who’s never flown above 1,000 feet, but he dreams of being the fastest air racer in the world. He has a lot of obstacles to overcome and needs to dig pretty deep to find the courage to become more than he was built for.”

Added Linda Armyn, Senior Vice President, Bethpage Federal Credit Union, “The Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach is a wonderful family event and we are absolutely thrilled to be a part of the ultimate family experience with this very special appearance of Dusty from ‘Disney’s Planes.’ We invite those of all ages to join us for this most unique event.”

The owner and pilot of the aircraft tapped to play the role of Dusty in the air show performances is Texas-based aerial applicator Rusty Lindeman, who customized one of his own Air Tractor AT-301 airplanes to match Dusty’s paint scheme and features. Manufactured in Olney, Texas, Air Tractor aircraft are used for agricultural spraying, seeding and fertilizing, plus forestry protection, fire fighting and more in the U.S. and more than 30 countries around the world. “We’re happy to help bring Dusty to life for the performances and hope that the audience will have fun and learn a bit more about the importance of aerial application in modern agriculture,” said Air Tractor’s Kristin Edwards.

Air Tractor's founder, Leland Snow, designed, built and flew his own purpose-built crop duster in 1953 and devoted his career to designing bigger and better aircraft for aerial application.

From above the world of “Cars” comes “Disney’s Planes,” an action-packed 3D animated comedy adventure featuring Dusty (voice of Dane Cook), a plane with dreams of competing as a high-flying air racer. But Dusty’s not exactly built for racing—and he happens to be afraid of heights. So he turns to a seasoned naval aviator who helps Dusty qualify to take on the defending champ of the race circuit. Dusty’s courage is put to the ultimate test as he aims to reach heights he never dreamed possible, giving a spellbound world the inspiration to soar. Featuring a talented roster of voice talent, including Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett, Teri Hatcher, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and more, “Disney’s Planes” takes off in theaters on Aug. 9, 2013. For more information, check out Disney.com/Planes, like us on Facebook: facebook.com/DisneyPlanes and follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/DisneyPictures.

The Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach will take place Memorial Day Weekend 2013 at Jones Beach State Park, Wantagh, NY on Saturday May 25, 2013 and Sunday, May 26, 2013, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  The complete lineup includes: 

The Royal Canadian Air Force F18 Demonstration Team; Dusty, Star of “Disney’s Planes;” Lt. Col. John Klatt of the National Guard Reserve; Sean D. Tucker of Team Oracle; Aerobatic Pilot Matt Chapman; Rob Holland Ultimate Air shows; The Raiders Demonstration Team; Kirby Chambliss of Team Chambliss; the Red Bull Air Force Skydiver Parachute Team; the Misty Blues All-Woman Skydiving Team; Chuck Aaron of the Red Bull Helicopter Aerobatics; the GEICO Skytypers; Miss GEICO Speedboat; the American Airpower Museum Warbirds; and David Windmiller. 

The Air Show is free to the public, but the standard $10.00 vehicle use fee will be collected each day upon entry to the State Park.  For 2013 NYS Empire Passport holders, there is no vehicle use fee charge.  

For up-to-date information about this year’s show, please visit www.bethpageairshow.com or   www.facebook.com/jonesbeachairshow, or contact the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Regional Office, Recreation Department at 631/321-3510.