The Aero Experience is a celebration of Midwest aviation and aerospace achievement. We invite you to join us as we explore the treasures of Midwest aviation through first-hand experiences. Our contributors take turns flying lead, and we are always looking for new destinations. Check in with The Aero Experience frequently to see where we will land today, and then go out and have your own aero experiences!
Carmelo Turdo, Mark Nankivil and Fred Harl - The Aero Experience Team
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017: First View Highlights
By Fred Harl
The Aero Experience begins our coverage of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017 with an overview of the nation's largest annual aviation event. By the usual measures, according to the EAA, this year's turnout was a great success: 590,000 visitors, 10,000+ aircraft, 2991 show aircraft, 11,600+ camping sites, 2,527 registered international visitors and 906 media representatives from around the world. Highlights of this year's schedule include the appearance of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels; gathering of strategic bombers, including the two flying B-29s; gathering of B-25 Mitchell bombers in salute to the remaining Doolittle Raider, Dick Cole; Heritage Flight that included an F-35, A-10 and P-51 Mustang in salute to warbird pilot Vlado Lenoch; a forum featuring Apollo Astronauts and Flight Director Gene Kranz; and the appearance of the Ford F150 Raptor truck. This brief photo essay should wet your appetite for our coverage coming to you over the next several months in between our other Midwest Aviation stories. Check back frequently for more from EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017!