With AirVenture Oshkosh just around the corner, we lay out of the best things to do at the show. Look for Part Deux next week!
1. Pull Some Rivets.
Learn just about every skill you need to build a plane. The daily hands-on workshops are included with admission, and no reservations are required.
2. Gawk At The Airplanes.
Each year, AirVenture Oshkosh welcomes some of the most interesting aircraft in the world, and this year is no exception. From a 1909 Curtiss Pusher to a 1936 Ryan ST, from a NASA Super Guppy to warbirds galore, this impressive lineup represents a cross-section of the history of flight (subject to weather, mechanical or logistical issues, of course!).
3. Go Flying!
There are plenty of opportunities to take flights at AirVenture and gain a unique perspective of the world below. How about a ride in a 1928-29 Ford Tri-Motor, the world’s first mass-produced airliner?
4. Watch The Night Sky Come To Life
When: Wednesday, 7/27, and Saturday, 7/30
An air show at night? Aerobatics meet fireworks in a jaw-dropping display of precision and spectacle.
5. Ooh And Aah With The Snowbirds.
When: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 7/29-7/31
Watch one of the most popular military aerial demonstration teams in the world in action. The Canadian Forces Snowbirds will take to the skies for their dramatic formation flying.
6. Be Awe-Inspired By The Aircraft Of Desert Storm.
Check out the Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield aircraft, which formed one of the largest air power operations in history. Confirmed aircraft include fighter jets such as the F-15 Eagle, F-16 Falcon, A-10 Warthog and F-18 Hornet, plus many more.
7. Watch Airplanes Act Like Helicopters, Valdez Style.
When: Tuesday, 7/26, Thursday-Saturday, 7/28-7/30
The specially modified short takeoff/landing aircraft returns with the Valdez STOL Invitational. Seventeen STOL aircraft, which include homebuilts and other airplanes specially modified to take off and land on runways that may be less than 500 feet long, participated last year.
8. Meet Up With Women Who Fly At WomenVenture
This weeklong program offers activities and seminars designed to empower women and enable them to pursue their dreams in aviation. Wednesday, July 27, will be a day of celebration, which includes the Women in Aviation breakfast and the WomenVenture Power Lunch with two dynamic speakers.
9. Get A Job
So popular, the Job Fair now has been extended from a single day to the full week. Taking place throughout the AirVenture grounds, the Job Fair gives attendees the opportunity to meet with notable aviation companies and other interested employers searching for potential candidates.
10. Run On The Runway (Well, Near It Anyway)!
When: Saturday, 7/30
For the 12th year, participants of all ages are welcome to run (or walk!) the Runway 5K’s unique 3.1-mile route around the Oshkosh grounds. Check out all the amazing aircraft as you navigate the new route for this year’s charity event.
Get the latest AirVenture Oshkosh 2016 news at eaa.org.