…what could possibly move over 500,000 adults and children to stop what they are doing and travel to a little spot in the middle of nowhere, north of the middle of nowhere, and spend five days. It happens because the Oshkosh Airshow is the rarest of all of all things, it is the opportunity to touch the past through the stories and artifacts of those who lived through the great moments in American history, it is over 10,000 antique and vintage aircraft from the past, planes and aircraft that that speak to what is right now, and a window to look at the future by those who are inventing it. Actually the number is closer to 550,000 attendees.
Just stop and marvel at the Oshkosh Airshow or the EAA AirVentures, as it is rightfully called, photos that are on Flicker. They make the hair stand up on the back of your neck. This annual event is July 29th to August 4.
Take a Taste
Inspect firsthand the craftsmanship and design advancements that come from the hands and minds of EAA members.
Scotts Warbirds Alley
Historic World War II, Korea, and Vietnam-era military aircraft that have been restored to flying condition; this includes a twice-daily “Warbirds in Review” session that features informal presentations on a military aircraft by the pilots who flew them and the restorers who care for them.
Homebuilt aircraft have existed as long as powered flight. Homebuilders use their abilities and knowledge to build safe and efficient flying machines, much like the Wright Brothers did over a century ago. Walk among the thousands of homebuilt aircraft flown to Oshkosh. Watch daily presentations.
Take a trip back in time to the early years of aviation. This includes monoplanes, biplanes, triplanes, and metalplanes; this is an assortment of authentic and replica aircraft that takes you back to aviation’s earliest days. There are daily “Vintage in Review” programs.
Museum attractions include an impressive collection of more than 200 historic airplanes, six movie theaters, art and photo galleries, flight simulators, and two “hands-on” interactive galleries. Additionally there are a multitude of special activities that take place in the museum throughout the week.
You will see exhibits and aircraft from the various government agencies. This includes live radar and weather monitoring demonstrations, and interactive displays, this includes the Wright Flyer and NOAA Hurricane simulators.
The afternoon air show is presented by Rockwell Collins; this includes unique aircraft, from early air racers to historical airplanes. This is a daily three-hour spectacular.
There are also night air shows and fireworks (Saturday). The world’s top aerobatic performers light the night skies with an amazing picturesque display. Fireworks and the always-breathtaking “Wall of Fire” cap off AirVenture’s final night.
Opening Day Concert (Monday)is free for all Monday attendees. EAA AirVenture kicks off with a big-time concert, courtesy of the Ford Motor Company, on Phillips 66 Plaza following the Afternoon Air Show. Previous opening day concerts have featured Chicago, The Doobie Brothers, The Beach Boys, REO Speedwagon, and Foreigner.