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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh RSS Feed Looking ahead to AirVenture 2012

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Not even the winds aloft can blow away our plans for #OSH12. Photo by Rick Markley
Piper Cub
AirVenture 2012 will celebrate the
75th anniversary of the Piper Cub.

Now that we’re near the end of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011, it’s time to relax, catch our collective breath…and start planning for AirVenture Oshkosh 2012!

Actually, advance planning for next year—the 60th convention of the Experimental Aircraft Association—is already well underway.

Leading off the list of themes and attractions is the 75th anniversary of the Piper Cub, and the goal, according the Adam Smith, EAA vice president of membership, will be “to create a sea of yellow” with visiting Cubs.

And the grand prize of next year’s EAA Share the Spirit Sweepstakes will be a Cub.

Another special event slated for 2012 is a tribute to Richard VanGrunsven, founder of Van’s Aircraft.

A group of volunteers has acquired Van’s original RV-1 and is in the process of restoring it. Van has agreed to fly the airplane into Oshkosh next year, and it will be donated to EAA for display in the AirVenture Museum.

A second tribute is planned for the Tuskegee Airmen, with an invitation to all surviving members of that group to attend.

Film producer George Lucas told Friday’s Fly-In Theater audience that he would return in 2012 to introduce Red Tails, his movie on the Tuskegee Airmen slated for release next year.

Other themes and tributes planned include:

  • 50th anniversary of the Dyke Delta aircraft
  • 100th anniversary of the flying boat
  • Continuing advancement and evolution of electric aircraft
  • A STOL Valdez-type competition for short takeoff and landing airplanes.

And lots more for sure. Follow continuing developments at www.AirVenture.org, and we’ll see you next year!

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