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.

AirVenture never fails to bring together an amazing assortment of aircraft and themes. This year was no different with celebrations that included the 100th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force, the 70th Anniversary of the United States Air Force Reserve Command, and the 80h Anniversary of the North American T-6, SNJ, Harvard type aircraft. The 2018 main theme was “Year of the Tanker” which brought many examples of front line refueling aircraft flown by the United States Air Force, Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard, and the United States Navy. The following is just a very small sample of the “Highlights” of this year’s show, be on the lookout for more in depth coverage to come! “Blue Skies To All!”

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