Through a careful orchestration of logistics with EAA officials, American Airlines had arranged to fly in its "yellow ribbon" 737, the Flagship Liberty. Through the Honor Flight Network, the airplane was to carry approximately 80 World War II veterans from Oshkosh to Washington, D.C. The veterans would visit the sites of various memorials and then be flown back to Oshkosh later in the evening. American Airlines is a quiet and very large supporter of the network. The carrier utilizes one of its own captains as a managing director of veterans initiatives. The flight corresponded to the EAA 2010 theme, "Salute to Veterans." Actor Gary Sinise and his Lt. Dan Band would also be transported in order to perform on Friday night.