Dreams of aviation will come true at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009 as the "The World's Aviation Celebration" hosts five Make-A-Wish children and their families on Saturday, August 1. The special day includes several exciting activities that are only found at AirVenture.
The Make-A-Wish day begins with the families flying in EAA's Bell 47 helicopter at Pioneer Airport followed by a personal tour of Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo. All children involved, plus their brothers and sisters, will then be given an opportunity to earn their EAA Young Eagle wings after flying in EAA's 1929 Ford Tri-Motor. The day will continue with more flying opportunities in the Wright Brothers and NOAA Hurricane simulators and Ultralights; exploring the EAA museum and the KidVenture zone; personal tours of the airport air traffic control tower; meeting airshow performers and EAA President Tom Poberezny.
"The annual Make-A-Wish event at Oshkosh is a prime example of the behind the scenes activities that make AirVenture so special. As always, these programs wouldn't be possible without the collaboration of organizations and the hardworking volunteers," Poberezny said.
The opportunities made available for the Make-A-Wish AirVenture day are made possible through EAA's volunteer tram drivers and the association with agencies from the International Federal Partnership (IFP), which is located in EAA's Federal Pavilion on Wittman Road, west of the homebuilt area. AirVenture 2009 also marks the 19th anniversary of the partnership, which continually provides activities and programs like Make-A-Wish, which is in the 16th year of participation at AirVenture.