Thunderbirds highlight AirVenture airshows

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — The schedule is now set for the historic first-ever full show by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014, with performances set for Friday through Sunday, Aug. 1-3. These performances are part of the daily afternoon airshows at Oshkosh on each of those days.

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, the 62nd annual fly-in convention for the Experimental Aircraft Association, will be held July 28-Aug. 3 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.

The Thunderbirds will perform what they describe as a “practice show” – basically a full dress rehearsal for the weekend – at 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 1. This comes at the end of the regular afternoon airshow, which features the full World War II warbirds extravaganza, and prior to the return of the Old Glory Honor Flight from Washington, D.C., that is part of AirVenture’s annual “Salute to Veterans” activities.

On Saturday, Aug. 2, the Thunderbirds will again fly at 5 p.m. as the final performers in the afternoon airshow, which once again features World War II aircraft and full pyrotechnics. The aerial excitement on that day will continue in the evening with the second of the two night airshows during AirVenture week. The Thunderbirds will wrap up their inaugural Oshkosh performances at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 3, as the closing act in AirVenture’s final-day airshow.

The Thunderbirds had originally placed EAA AirVenture on its 2014 schedule last December. It took several months to finalize the many logistics necessary to fly in Wittman Regional Airport’s unique environment during EAA AirVenture, according to EAA officials. Special flightline and crowd line procedures will be in place for the Thunderbirds’ performances each of the three days. The Thunderbirds’ aircraft will be based at the Wittman Regional Airport terminal ramp, but team members will be participating in various forums and programs during their stay in Oshkosh.


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