Themed days dedicated to a notable
centennial as well as aviation legends are shaping up to make each day
at EAA AirVenture 2011 a must-see destination for all aviation
enthusiasts. The 59th annual edition of “The World’s Greatest
Aviation Celebration” will be held July 25-31 at Wittman Regional
Airport in Oshkosh.
Among the themed days are tributes to
aviation pioneers and legends Burt Rutan and Robert A. “Bob” Hoover,
as well as a “Navy Day” as part of the week-long Centennial of Naval
Aviation festivities. EAA AirVenture 2011 has been classified a Tier 1
event by the U.S. Navy as the service celebrates 100 years of naval
Additionally, several attractions and
events in 2011 will commemorate the 100th anniversary of air mail
service. Progress is also continuing on a number of other top-level
attractions and programs for 2011, including the World Symposium on
Electric Aircraft on featuring influential industry leaders discussing
this emerging era.
“AirVenture has always been known as
the place to experience all aviation has to offer, and 2011 will be no
exception,” said Tom Poberezny, EAA and AirVenture chairman. “We are
delighted to not only partner with the U.S. Navy on its naval aviation
celebration but also honor the legacies of two extraordinary individuals
who epitomize what EAA and AirVenture are all about. Each day is shaping
up to be an event in itself.”
Daily highlights at AirVenture 2011 are
- Monday, July 25 – Opening Day: For
the sixth consecutive year, AirVenture will get off to a rockin’
start thanks to a marquee musical act to be announced performing in
the Opening Day Concert, courtesy of the Ford Motor Company. The
concert, free of charge to all AirVenture attendees that day, will
be held on the West Ramp following the afternoon air show.
- Tuesday, July 26 – Bob Hoover
Tribute: Considered by many to be one of the founding fathers of
modern aerobatics, Hoover enjoyed a legendary air show and air
racing career after flying 59 missions in World War II and escaping
a POW camp by commandeering a German Focke-Wulf 190. The afternoon
air show will feature many of the legendary aircraft flown by Hoover
over the years, in addition to programs chronicling his experiences
- Wednesday, July 27 – Navy Day: As
part of the week-long Centennial of Naval Aviation celebration, Navy
Day will feature a variety of legendary naval aircraft spanning the
past 100 years, showcased in the afternoon air show and featured on
the West Ramp throughout the week.
- Thursday, July 28 – Burt Rutan
Tribute: Many of the unique, innovative airplane designs from Rutan,
who recently announced his upcoming retirement, will be featured in
the afternoon air show. AirVenture attendees with Rutan-designed
aircraft are encouraged to take part in a major gathering, including
a special parking area for them on the flightline. Well-known Rutan
aircraft designs will also be on prominent display on the West Ramp
and serve as a backdrop for various presentations during the week.
AirVenture 2011 programming will also celebrate the 25th anniversary
of Rutan’s Voyager aircraft around the world flight.
- Friday, July 29 – Salute to
Veterans: The service and sacrificed those who defend freedom
throughout the world will be honored through a Parade of Veterans,
prior to an expanded afternoon air show that will include warbirds
from various eras. The day will also feature several premier
top-level attractions and forums, including evening programming and
- Saturday, July 30 – Return of the
Night Air Show and Daher-Socata Fireworks: After a widely popular debut in 2010, the Night Air
Show returns with an all-star cast of air show performers putting on
a stunning display of precision aerobatics accompanied by
pyrotechnics. Fireworks, sponsored by Daher-Socata, will again close out the evening.
- Sunday, July 31 – Military Scramble:
Prior to the afternoon air show on AirVenture’s final day, dozens
of military aircraft will leave Oshkosh with an organized departure
that gives attendees one final look at seeing these majestic
aircraft in flight.
Advance purchase admission tickets and
camping for AirVenture 2011 are now available at a discounted rate at www.airventure.org/tickets.