The clock is ticking toward the July 25 opening day of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, which is now fewer than 100 days away. The 59th annual edition of EAA’s fly-in convention takes place July 25-31 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.
Featured programs and attractions include:
- Week-long commemoration of the Centennial of Naval Aviation, featuring aircraft attractions, appearances, and forums. AirVenture 2011, which has been classified a Tier 1 event by the U.S. Navy for its year-long celebration, will feature “Navy Day” on Wednesday, July 27.
- Themed tribute days to aviation icons Burt Rutan (Thursday, July 28) and Bob Hoover (Tuesday, July 26), featuring aircraft and aircraft maneuvers they made famous.
- The return of the Night Air Show and Daher-Socata Fireworks & Wall of Fire on Saturday, July 30.
- A gathering of new innovations of electric-powered aircraft as part of eVenture, featuring the $60,000 Electric Flight Prize contestants showcased in action.
Featured entertainment this year includes the rock band REO Speedwagon for the opening day concert on Monday, July 25, presented by Ford Motor Company; actor Gary Sinise and the “Lt. Dan Band” returning to Theater in the Woods, supported by M&Ms, on Friday, July 29, presented by EAA in partnership with the EAA Warbirds of America and Disabled American Veterans; and country star Aaron Tippin taking the Theater in the Woods stage on Saturday, July 30, as part of Commemorative Air Force’s “Red, White & Loud Tour” that will bring the world’s only airworthy B-29 Superfortress, FIFI, to AirVenture as well. Those concerts are included with AirVenture admission, as is other features to be announced and the nightly Fly-In Theater presented by Ford Motor Company and supported by Hamilton Watches.
AirVenture annually draws participants from more than 70 nations and in excess of 10,000 airplanes, including more than 2,500 showplanes. The event includes 700 exhibitors with the latest aviation innovations; nearly 1,000 forums, workshops and seminars covering the entire world of flight; daily afternoon air shows featuring the world’s finest aerobatic performers; up-close sessions with top aviation personalities; and the gathering of aviation enthusiasts from around the globe.
For more information: AirVenture.org