Posted by: Helicop Aviation | August 6, 2011

Airventure Oshkosh Festival

The Experimental Aircraft Association’s Fly-In Convention, now known as EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, had its first gathering in September 1953 as a small part of the Milwaukee (Wis.) Air Pageant. The original EAA fly-in convention held at Wright-Curtiss Field (now Timmerman Field) was attended by only a handful of airplanes, mostly homebuilt and modified aircraft. Fewer than only 150 people registered as visitors. Over time, the larger Milwaukee Air Pageant has faded away but the EAA gathering has become the world’s premier aviation event.

EAA’s fly-in convention grew quickly in its first few years and by the late 1950s it had outgrown the area of the Milwaukee airport it was allowed to use. In 1959, the event moved to Rockford (Ill.) Municipal Airport, where it would stay for the next decade. The “Rockford Years” were where the EAA Fly-In Convention established both its prominence as a homebuilders’ event and its friendly feeling that has retained to this day. During these years, diverse aviation interests as Warbirds, antiques and aerobatic performers became part of the EAA event.

By 1969, it was apparent that the EAA Fly-In Convention now had simply become too large for the Rockford facility. EAA had grown from a home basement operation to an office and museum in the Milwaukee suburb of Franklin. The annual convention mirrored that growth, attracting hundreds of show-planes and tens of thousands of visitors.

In late 1969, the EAA board approved the move to Oshkosh. There was acreage surrounding the airport to handle the annual influx of airplanes, vehicles and tents. There were two lengthy runways (east/west and north/south) which did not cross, allowing greater traffic movement. There was only one problem – no Convention site or infrastructure existed in Oshkosh. EAA’s volunteer network was up to the task, however. Within six months, EAA members had created a home for the fly-in. That volunteer spirit continues today, as more than 4,000 people donate their time and talents to help prepare and coordinate the Convention’s grounds and activities.

By 1980s, the Convention had exploded into national prominence. Attendance jumped into six figures each year and the event became one of sport aviation’s top gatherings.

By 1998 Fly-In Convention came to be known as EAA AirVenture Oshkosh it now serves as one of the world’s premier aviation events, attracting top government officials, corporate leaders and hundreds of thousands of aviation enthusiasts. It spans the entire spectrum of aviation and attracts 10,000 airplanes each year with more than 500,000 aviation enthusiasts who attend the week-long event annually.

Today, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, regarded as “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” is an international gathering place for aviation enthusiasts. An AirVenture participant can experience and study the latest aircraft and innovations; discover new ideas and techniques from the nearly 1,000 forums and workshops; see aviation’s top personalities; or just talk airplanes with people from around the world. Here you can find warbirds, vintage, homebuilts, ultralights. Some aircrafts you would normally find in a hangar and others so unique they are the only one of its kind. EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH has become important and influential but retains its friendly and personal feel – part of the reason the world comes to Oshkosh every year.

Whether you’re an aviation enthusiast or an aviation novice, AirVenture has something for you. No matter what your age, it is the place where you’ll be entertained, informed, and thrilled by the countless activities available that reflect the spirit of aviation all around. To get a feel for the recent EAA AirVenture Oshkosh which happened between 25th-31st July here is a video of the highlights which include aerobatics and pyrotechnics, opening Day concert, fly-In theatre, forums, workshops, and demonstrations, kidventure and theater in the woods:


For more information on the Oshkosh Festival, please refer to the following links:

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