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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh RSS FeedThe Top Moments of AirVenture 2010
 
Many are fortunate to attend AirVenture and many more attend online, but either way it's hard to see all of AirVenture. From new product announcements to innovative aircraft, fine craftsmanship, and great aerial performances, AirVenture has many top moments. Many will agree on some of the top moments, but after that sometimes a top moment is a personal experience. Tell us your top moments on Oshkosh365.
Honor Flight, Veterans Parade Lead week-long tribute to Veterans
An honor to accompany heroes
It was my privilege to participate in the Honor Flight on Thursday, July 29, 2010. Its purpose was to fly 80 World War II veterans from Oshkosh to Washington, D.C., to visit the World War II Memorial, a place they might otherwise never see. The memorial was built in their honor, so it is fitting that these members of the "the greatest generation" visit it. It was a day filled with emotion.
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Night Air Show a Hit
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. Read more

New Leadership
Rod Hightower becomes third EAA president; Poberezny remains chairman
Rod Hightower, a longtime EAA member, pilot, aviation enthusiast, and businessman, will become EAA’s new president on September 7. Tom Poberezny, chairman and current president, made the announcement on Monday at an opening day press conference. Hightower is only the third president in EAA history and the first outside the Poberezny family.
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Nearly Two Dozen DC-3s Rumble Over Oshkosh
Twenty one DC-3s shook the skies over AirVenture Monday afternoon (July 26) as part of a mass arrival and demonstration. The flight was part of one the largest gathering of DC-3s since World War II with 40 DC-3 aircraft visiting during the week. The dramatic arrival during the showcase was a perfect prelude to a week's worth of events to celebrate the anniversary and legacy of this venerable aircraft.
Alexander's DC-3 video | DC-3: From Derelict to AirVenture in six Weeks | DC-3 Arrivals at AirVenture photo gallery

Spirit Cluster crosses Lake Michigan
Trappe makes overnight flight, aloft for 12.5 hours
If you couldn't see Jonathan R. Trappe's aircraft flying over Oshkosh Thursday night, you must be colorblind. That's the only way you could miss his aircraft-a cluster balloon that is a federally registered aircraft with an airworthiness certificate. The Spirit Cluster lifted off EAA's Pioneer Airport at about 8:10 p.m. CDT Thursday, joining only the Goodyear blimp, which was circling it in the sky.

Trappe, EAA 879217, flew east over Lake Winnebago, then southeast, crossing Lake Michigan into Michigan. He continued flying southeast, flying near Kalamazoo, and then started flying south-southwest near Highway 40, before landing safely near Bloomingdale, Michigan, at 9:43 a.m. EDT Friday. He had been in the air about 11-1/2 hours, and at times, had flown up to 34 mph at 14,000 feet. Read more


Electric Aircraft Symposium charges up audience
The day may soon come when aerobatic performers at EAA AirVenture wow crowds with their use of near-silent power if efforts like Friday's first World Symposium on Electric Aircraft lead to the fielding of practical electrically powered aircraft.
The symposium drew several hundred participants and observers to the Eagle Hangar in the EAA Museum Friday to discuss and promote the state of electric-powered flight. Read more Part 1 | Part 2

Sploshkosh:

Campers keep spirits up despite wet conditions
Forget about Camp Scholler. At EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010, it will be remembered as Camp Mud. Oshkosh set a new July record for rain at 10.03 inches on July 22, according to Oshkosh Northwestern weather observations. But another 2 inches fell Thursday—and it again poured early Saturday morning. Read more

EAAers pull together, camp together
Finding a dry spot in the EAA Campground has been a challenge for campers and the volunteers who are assisting attendees as they arrive. The randomness of acceptable locations for tent, pop-up campers, and motor homes has caused the usual lines between camping areas to be blurred. People with and without generators, and those with pets are now camping side-by-side.
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Sunny Sunday helps grounds recovery
Well, in case you didn’t notice - and how could you not? - the rains blew away, sunshine prevailed Sunday, and some soft ground, spots of standing water, and scattered puffy white clouds provided the only lingering remnants of the torrential conditions that dominated the prior few days. The results: EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010 at the end of the day on Sunday looked much more like a normal pre-opening day than the day before. Read more

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