The EAA was founded in 1953 by Paul H. Poberezny, an American aviator and aircraft designer. Throughout its long-lasting existence it has grown from a handful of aviation enthusiasts to an international organization representing virtually the entire spectrum of recreational aviation.
Paul Poberezny in his first primary glider from the 1930s
The EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is the world’s largest fly-in event, with more than 10,000 aircraft coming to the Oshkosh area for the week, along with a total attendance surpassing 500,000 from more than 60 countries. Known as “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration,” EAA AirVenture welcomes flying machines ranging from the smallest ultralight to missive airliners and military cargo aircraft.
And what we attendees can look forward to? A first-time appearance by one of the world’s top jet teams, an airplane built in one week, the latest flying innovations, an airport full of small to large aircrafts and more.
Among this year’s EAA AirVenture Oshkosh highlights
- The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, one of the world’s finest jet teams, brings its full performance to Oshkosh for the first time (August 1-3)
- See an airplane built (and help build it) in just seven days, with the “One Week Wonder” Zenith aircraft
- Increased displays of current military aircraft, led by the U.S. Marine Corps VW-22 Osprey tiltrotor with a full aerial demonstration
- Magnificent vintage and warbird aircraft, meticulously restored and not only on display, but flying
- The latest innovations in aircraft design, custom-built airplanes, aviation technology, and much more
- Daily afternoon air shows, featuring the world’s finest aerobatic pilots, including World War II aircraft extravanganzas on August 1-2, plus night air shows on July 30 and August 2
- Aviation fun and discovery for kids and the whole family at the KidVenture area
- Musical entertainment every evening, including Kenny Loggins (July 28), Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (August 1), and “1964: The Tribute” Beatles tribute band (August 2)
EAA AirVenture offers camping right on the grounds, adjacent to the flightline, providing a convenient way to be part of the AirVenture “aviation city” that is part of the unique culture of this internationally known event.
More information about the event can be found on EAA official website.
All images are courtesy of Bill Garvey, Copyrights applied.