Take in the Sights and Sounds of the Air Show in Oshkosh
EAA AirVenture Aviation Celebration
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The world’s greatest aviation celebration is taking over Oshkosh, Wisconsin, this week.
Hundreds of thousands of aviation enthusiasts converge to take part in the event, which boasts an economic boost of more than $110 million.
It’s been called the “Spirit of Oshkosh”.
“(It) gets in your blood. You just want to come back and not miss anything,” said aviation enthusiast Barry Enders.
This was Enders’ 33rd consecutive air show.
“There is something for everybody. Kids plane, little planes, ultra–lights and affordable things and there is rides. You can ride on Warbirds, you can ride on ultra–lights,” explained Enders.
You might even find yourself in the cockpit of a helicopter.
To date, there is no other place in the world you can see so many airplanes in one setting.
In 2014, according to (EAA) Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture’s fact sheet, more than 10,000 aircraft flew in to Oshkosh and other regional airports for the week-long event.
Thanks to Cirrus, we too at Fox21 flew into the air show.
A six-hour car ride was condensed into an hour and 20-minute flight to Oshkosh.
As co-pilot, I was able to take over the controls as we glided across Northern Wisconsin, before landing to take in more than 790 commercial exhibitors at the air show.
Aside from forums, workshops and vendors was the latest technology, like the Airbus a350, and nearly 3,000 show planes including Warbirds from my grandfather’s era.
“The Lancaster, that I’m a part of is one of the rarest flying in World War 2. Out of 7,300 and change that were built, there’s only 2 in the world that still fly,” said Flight Engineer of the Canadian Avro Lancaster, Craig Brookhouse.
The Avro Lancaster was the heaviest bomber of World War 2, carrying up to 22,000 pounds.
The beautiful plane is housed at the Canadian War Plane Air Museum in Southern Ontario.
Also on display at the airshow are gyroplanes, part airplane and part helicopter.
The two-seater gyroplane we viewed at the air show, built by Pictaoi Aerospace, can go up to 10,000 feet, 100-miles-per-hour and averages a cost of $80,000.
“The engine spins up the rotor to start and then once the rotor reaches a certain speed, we disconnect the engine from it and then it’s just the air going through it that causes the rotor to rotate,” said Flight Instructor with Pictaoi Aerospace David Klein.
The biggest draw of the week-long EEA AirVenture is 75 different acts taking to the skies for a daily air show, offering jaw-dropping moments again and again.
“The air shows for the general public are fantastic. They have one every day and then two nights they have the most unbelievable thing, a night air show with pyrotechnics on the airplanes,” said Enders.
The world of flight show combines the latest innovations, while allowing history to come alive.
It offers a chance for people to salute the American flag and thank the many Veterans, who have served, some who never returned.
There is still plenty of time to take in the show.
The Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture 2015 wraps up this Sunday.