Stan Lee Visits AirVenture
Stan Lee, known as the creator of comic-book heroes Spider-Man the Hulk, and the X-Men, arrived at Oshkosh on Friday to announce a partnership between his charitable foundation and EAA. The Stan Lee Foundation promotes literacy, education and the arts. Lee announced in a news conference on Boeing Plaza that he will work with EAA’s Young Eagles program to encourage young people to explore aviation and aeronautics. “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.” He also introduced a special guest, Aviar, a caped superhero devoted to getting kids interested in flight. “We’ve got to really excite young people about aviation,” Lee said.
“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 EAA Chairman Jack Pelton. “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.” Lee, who is 94, later met with fans at the show to sign autographs and take photos.