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The Magic of AirVenture

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“Magical” is one of the many words one could use to describe EAA’s AirVenture, staggering is another one to describe this years event held at Oshkosh Wisconsin’s Wittman Regional Airport. The statistics are in for this years event which was held from July 23rd to the 29th, approximately 601,000 people attended this year. More than 10,000 aircraft arrived at Wittman and surrounding airports, with Wittman’s 3 runways handling 19,588 total aircraft operations between July 20th and July 30th, that is an average of 134 movements an hour! Staggering to say the least.

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Part 2: More Warbird Photos from the 2018 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Week

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Here are even more photos of some of the 500+ warbirds that descended into Oshkosh Wisconsin during the EAA AirVenture shows.  Just think, almost every one of them flew in, although a few on display were part of the EAA's Museum collection. The sound of a quartet of Rolls Royce Packard Merlins running up during the early morning definitely gets your heart pumping, as another dawn patrol got ready to launch.

 

2018 EAA AirVenture Warbird Photos, Part 1

The EAA's AirVenture brought together an estimated five Hundred warbirds of various shapes, sizes, purposes and colors.  Here's a slide show with highlights from the first half of the week-long presentation...

Gloster Meteor Flies Again!

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On Monday, June 18, I was fortunate enough to witness the only flying example of a Gloster Meteor in the United States from the Hampton Roads Executive Airport in Chesapeake, Virginia. It was purchased by Marty Tibbits roughly 18 months ago, and after working out how to ship it intact from England, arrived at the Hampton Roads Executive Airport in April earlier this year. "This involved 4 cranes and a lot of logistics," explained Marty. After being taken out of the shipping containers, the Meteor was reassembled in May, which included reattaching the wings, as well as the aircraft requiring a certification of flight before it could start flying once again. This was completed in June and it was ready for the big day when it could grace our skies.

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