The people of many nations joining together to celebrate flight at Oshkosh is special feature in the July 2011 issue of Air & Space Smithsonian magazine that is reaching subscribers and readers this week.
The feature by James Wynbrandt with photos by Arnold Greenwell, titled "The United Nations of Oshkosh," includes comments from AirVenture visitors from around the globe, ranging from first-time attendees to annual pilgrims to The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration. It also highlights the history of the International Visitors Tent, which today welcomes AirVenture participants from more than 60 nations each year.
"It's a testament to EAA and AirVenture that so many people from around the world plan their lives around what happens in Oshkosh each summer," said Wynbrandt, who is also a longtime staff reporter for EAA's daily newspaper during the convention, AirVenture Today.
The article also demonstrates the unique place "Oshkosh" holds in the hearts and minds of aviators around the world. Some international visitors save for many years to make that once-in-a-lifetime trip, while other eagerly use social media to ship descriptions and photos back to friends who talk about making their own AirVenture journey in the future.
The volunteers who welcome those from other nations and organize the events for them are also highlighted, as those volunteers allow AirVenture to become a true global aviation community each year.