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Fly-in July: It’s time for EAA AirVenture

Published: July 13, 2015
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The Experimental Aircraft Association will hold its annual convention, AirVenture, July 20-26 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis.

The world's largest fly-in event, AirVenture hosts more than 10,000 aircraft  and 500,000 attendees from more than 60 countries, with pilots and aviation fans alike enjoying aircraft that range from tiny ultralights to military and commercial behemoths. “In the aviation community, if it has flown, is flying or will fly, it will come to Oshkosh,” says Rick Larsen, EAA vice president for community and member programs.

Daily admission gives showgoers access to events, this year including:

• Appearances by Apollo 13 astronauts Jim Lovell and Fred Haise, Mission Control’s Gene Kranz and others marking the 45th anniversary of the ill-fated lunar mission.

• Exhibition of flying drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles, with the opportunity to pilot craft in an 80- x 80-foot drone cage.

• Attempts at a skydiving world record by more than 100 sky divers.

• The new Airbus A350 XWB airliner on display and in flight demonstrations (July 20-22).

• Extraordinary displays of current military aircraft, including flight demonstrations by the F-22 Raptor and the first-ever civilian airshow appearance of the F-35 Lightning II.

• Vintage and warbird aircraft meticulously restored to flying condition. Daily shows include World War II anniversary pageants on July 22, 23 and 25, and a Vietnam-themed show on July 24, plus night air shows on July 22 and 25.

• Aviation fun and discovery for kids and families at the KidVenture area.

• Evening activities including music by Dierks Bentley (July 20) and the Gary Sinise/Lt. Dan Band (July 24), presentations by aviation personalities, family-friendly outdoor movies and more.

Additional EAA AirVenture information is available at www.eaa.org/airventure.