Dreamlifter large cargo freighter
is a modified 747-400 aircraft. It is scheduled to arrive at 5
p.m. today. Photo by Bob Thomas
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.
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
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.
men who fly it compare it to a pickup truck, but it's
literally the biggest thing at AirVenture 2008.
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
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.
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
Unique aircraft on
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
- Lone Star Flight Museum B-17 Flying
- Lone Star Flight Museum B-25 Mitchell Special
- 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
- Red Bull Grumman Albatross
- Yankee Air Museum B-17 Flying Fortress
- Yankee Air Museum B-25 Mitchell Yankee
- T-38 Talon (Beale Air Force Base)
- U.S. Navy E-6B Mercury
- FAA DC-3
- P-38 Lightning Glacier Girl