Apollo Reunion, Blue Angels Among Headliners at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017

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'The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration' on July 24-30 brings together 10,000 airplanes and 500,000 people for the world's largest annual fly-in. The 65th annual edition of the Experimental Aircraft Association convention also showcases the latest aviation innovations, hundreds of exhibitors, and daily air shows at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

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Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, becomes the world's busiest airport for one week each year during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.

Wittman Regional Airport will again become the world’s busiest airport – at least for one week.

Wittman Regional Airport will soon become the world’s busiest airport – at least for one week. From July 24-30, more than 10,000 aircraft and a half a million flight enthusiasts will descend for the 65th annual Experimental Aircraft Association fly-in convention, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017.

Known to many simply as “Oshkosh,” this year’s event will feature performances by some of the nation’s top stunt pilots, as well as by The Blue Angels, the official jet team of the United States Navy. First formed in 1946, the Blue Angels team of Boeing F/A-18 Hornets reaches speeds up to 700 mph, while flying as close as 18 inches to one another. Full performances are on Friday and Saturday afternoon, July 28-29, as part of the afternoon air show.

“The Blue Angels carry tradition and innovation with them wherever they fly,” said Dick Knapinski, EAA’s director of communications. “Their power and precision will be on full display during AirVenture 2017.”

AirVenture will also commemorate the 75th anniversary of the famous World War II Doolittle Raiders mission. In addition to welcoming the lone living member of the 80 Doolittle Raiders, 101 year-old Richard Cole, 16 B-25 bombers will fly during a reenactment of the historic raid on the evening of Wednesday, July 26.

On Wednesday, July 26, the grounds will host WomenVenture, a national initiative to close the gender gap in aviation. Highlights will include a “Power Lunch” with remarks by pioneering EAA member and pilot, Dr. Janet Lapp, as well as the Women Soar You Soar aviation camp sponsored by Honda, which offers teen girls pilot mentorship opportunities.

Friday, July 28 will feature an unforgettable reunion by nine of the original fifteen living Apollo Mission Astronauts, including Buzz Aldrin, Frank Borman, and Jim Lovell. Other major performances and experiences include Oracle pilot Sean D. Tucker; the AeroShell Aerobatic Team; NASA exhibits; travelling Huey helicopter and a variety of plane and aviation product introductions from the more than 800 exhibitors.

The action in the skies is matched on the ground. AirVenture also includes learning centers for children and aircraft enthusiasts; aircraft of nearly every size, shape and era to view (including more than 300 warbirds, homebuilts and vintage craft); nightly activities, like a “fly-in” theater and concerts; and flight experiences on a B-17, Ford Tri-Motor and Bell 47 Helicopter. The EAA Aviation Museum is also open for tours during the week of AirVenture.

About EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is the “World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” and EAA’s yearly membership convention. Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket and camping purchases, is available online at http://www.eaa.org/airventure. EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit http://www.eaa.org. Immediate news is available at http://www.twitter.com/EAA.

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