Last Saturday evening (July 31), thousands
of visitors to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh migrated to the flightline of
Wittman Regional Airport to witness an attraction that hasn't been seen
at the weeklong event: a night air show.
With a fading deep blue sky as their
canvas, an all-star cast of air show performers dazzled onlookers in a
stunning display of precision pilotage and pyrotechnics.
Kicking off the show was the AeroShell
Aerobatic Team with their synchronized flight routine that looked more
impressive than ever amid the dark, vacant sky. The four T-6s appeared
as one as their tail and wing lights clustered together during approach,
and the emissions of the planes were accentuated by the one another's
luminescence, creating a unique effect otherwise undetectable in the
Following the opening act was Bob Davis
in his Sukhoi, Gene Soucy in his Showcat biplane, Bob Carlton in his jet
sailplane, and Matt Younkin in his famous Twin Beech. Armed with an
impressive array of strobe lights and pyrotechnics, each plane
illuminated the night sky and evoked plenty of "oohs" and
"ahhs" from the crowd. A spectacular display of fireworks
concluded the air show and ended with a Hollywood-esque explosion known
to many as the "Wall of Fire."
“We’ve had overwhelming positive
feedback on the night air show. It was one of those occasions when
everything came together to create a very special moment - the crowd,
the weather, fireworks and amazing performers combined to create an
atmosphere that was simply electric.” said EAA Vice President of
Membership Adam Smith.
“We will definitely be doing a night
air show again. With the first year’s experience under our belt we
have identified some room for improvements and look forward to coming
back even better in 2011.”
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011 takes place
July 25-31, 2011.
DATES: 2014: July 28-Aug. 3;
2015: July 20-26; 2016: July 25-31; 2017: July 24-30