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Volume 9, Number 2 July 28, 2008     

Watch for arrival of some rare birds
By Randy Dufault

Boeing’s Dreamlifter large cargo freighter is a modified 747-400 aircraft. It is scheduled to arrive at 5 p.m. today. Photo by Bob Thomas

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 presents an opportunity found nowhere else in the world. That is the opportunity to see flying examples of almost any aircraft type and, in some cases, almost any color.

But scattered about in the huge sea of production and amateur-built birds are a few special aircraft, some of which make their only public appearance at EAA AirVenture. Some of the special aircraft scheduled to appear this year are noted here along with their expected arrival times. Keep an eye on AirVenture Today for any schedule changes that may happen.

Today’s air show will bring the arrival of two V-22 Ospreys. The V-22, developed jointly by Bell and Boeing, is the world’s first production tilt-rotor aircraft. The unique aircraft will be here until Friday, August 1, with a number of flight demonstrations planned.

Boeing Dreamlifter
The men who fly it compare it to a pickup truck, but it's literally the biggest thing at AirVenture 2008.
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At 5 p.m. today the Boeing Dreamlifter is scheduled to arrive. Making a 24-hour stop at EAA AirVenture 2008, this colossal modified 747-400 aircraft is one of only three in the world. The Dreamlifter features a significantly enlarged fuselage allowing it to carry more cargo by volume than any airplane.

Tuesday will bring the Goodyear blimp, the Spirit of Goodyear. Back after a spectacular first visit in 2007, the airship will be on-site throughout the week and will be flying regularly during the festivities. It will be moored near the EAA AirVenture Museum’s Pioneer Airport for up-close viewing at other times, allowing a unique view of an aircraft that is commonly seen only from afar.

The U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor arrives on Thursday. This state-of-the-art fighter jet dazzled Oshkosh audiences for the past two years and will be demonstrating its unmatched aerial capabilities through the end of EAA AirVenture on Sunday, August 3.

Also on Thursday Lockheed’s TU-2S two-place version of the venerable U-2 spy plane arrives. The high-altitude reconnaissance and research ship will be on display through Sunday.

Unique aircraft on display

Many other unique, special, and one-of-a-kind aircraft are on display at AeroShell Square throughout the week. Some of them include:

  • U.S. Navy F-18
  • U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon
  • Wisconsin Air National Guard KC-135
  • DC-3 Duggy
  • F4U Corsair
  • Piedmont Airlines DC-3
  • Commemorative Air Force B-24 Liberator ’Ol 927
  • Lone Star Flight Museum B-17 Flying Fortress Thunderbird
  • Lone Star Flight Museum B-25 Mitchell Special Delivery
  • Sea Fury Riff Raff
  • Sea Fury Spirit of Texas
  • P-51 Quicksilver
  • Red Bull BO-105 helicopter
  • Nemesis NXT racer
  • “Red Baron” Tayler’s Voyager powered parachute
  • Red Bull Grumman Albatross
  • Yankee Air Museum B-17 Flying Fortress Yankee Lady
  • Yankee Air Museum B-25 Mitchell Yankee Warrior
  • T-38 Talon (Beale Air Force Base)
  • U.S. Navy E-6B Mercury
  • FAA DC-3
  • P-38 Lightning Glacier Girl
  • ElectraFlyer-C

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