OSHKOSH, Wis. (July 15, 2013) — Every year, the east-central Wisconsin city of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, becomes home to the world’s busiest airport during the EAA AirVenture fly-in. For the 61st annual Experimental Aircraft Association gathering on July 29-August 4, the world of flight brings everything from Jetman to a flying car and World War II history to a screening of the new “Disney’s Planes” movie.
With a total attendance of 500,000 and 10,000 airplanes – including 2,500 showplanes – EAA AirVenture does become “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration.” Each day includes highlights both in the air and on the ground at Wittman Regional Airport, all included with AirVenture admission. In addition, there are offers such as the $216 two-day weekend camping package on Aug. 2-4 that includes camping, two adult admissions for two days, and EAA membership.
• Yves “Jetman” Rossy making his first public U.S. flights (July 30, Aug. 1, 3-4)
• Screening of “Disney’s Planes” one week before the national release (Aug. 2), plus other Fly-In Theater films all week
• Terrafugia flying car making first public air show flights (July 31)
• TWO night air shows (July 31 and Aug. 3) and extended warbirds shows on Aug. 2-3, presented by Rockwell Collins
• Unique aircraft, such as Harrier jump jet, BD-5J microjet, B-29 and B-24 bombers, Texas Flying Legends World War II aircraft, a restored World War II Consolidated PBY Catalina, 1913 Benoist reproduction, “Return of Champions,” and more
• Post-air show concerts by Chicago (July 29), Vic Ferrari Band (July 30), Aaron Tippin and Chasin’ Mason (July 31), Deuces Wild dueling pianos (Aug. 1), Gary Sinise and Lt. Dan Band (Aug. 2), and Da BLOOZE Bros (Aug. 3)
• Evening programs such as “Space Night” with astronauts Chris Hadfield and Charlie Duke (July 30), “Bringing the Space Shuttle West” (July 31), Jetman (Aug. 1), and Medal of Honor recipient Gen. Patrick Brady (Aug. 2)
There are all-week activities, such as KidVenture for young people and families, Ultralight aircraft flying in the morning and evening, airplane presentations in Phillips 66 Plaza and elsewhere, Innovations Pavilion, aircraft flights (additional fees required), hands-on workshops, and hundreds of exhibitors.
Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket and camping purchase, is available online at www.airventure.org. News is available at www.twitter.com/EAAupdate.