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Fred Harl and Carmelo Turdo at the
50th Anniversary Brown Arch
As reported in the EAA-provided graphic below, the attendance and activity numbers for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019 speak for themselves:
This introductory post will merely illustrate how much there was to see during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019. Though we are still in the beginning stages of sorting the media, it is a good time to begin the series with a look at some highlights. Our general approach to gathering media included a combination of attending media events held in the Homebuilts, Vintage, Warbirds, Ultralights and Forums Areas or at an exhibitor while systematically visiting each geographic area to see what was organically happening. Add in daily airshows, special events connected to the EAA 50th year at Oshkosh and the Apollo 11 moon landing commemoration and hundreds of other sponsored gatherings, and you can see the magnificent dilemma. Thanks to the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019 website and EAA Communications Director, Dick Knapinski, for keeping us well informed.
First thing is the obligatory photo at the Brown Arch, the gateway symbol of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh and a memorial to fallen aviators.
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019 celebrated 50 years at the Oshkosh location (see '70 on the Brown Arch above) and the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. We include here a photo of the 50 Years at Oshkosh display of original attending aircraft and a press conference with Apollo 11 Command Module Pilot Michael Collins and test pilot and Space Shuttle Commander Joe Engle.
The week started off on a wet note, with rain coming before and during the weekend prior to the official opening day. The fields where the campers and aircraft were to gather were temporarily bogged down, but they eventually dried up enough to continue on opening day. Nothing to see here...
Homebuilts are the original passion of the EAA, and they have their own major display area. The Vicki Cruse Pavilion of the IAC hosts aerobatic forums and aircraft displays, including the Giles 200 types used in the airshow.
While we were visiting the area, we found our friend, David Adams, with his LongEZ. We congratulate him on receiving the 2019 Excellence in Air Racing and First Place Experimental Sprint Awards from the AirVenture Cup Committee. Congratulations Dave!
One of the many special events during the week was a salute to Burt Rutan. He was present at several forums concerning his deigns and was honored with a fly-past of aircraft in one of the airshows. A display of his aircraft designs was also held in Boeing Plaza.
In the Ultralight Area, aircraft were flying in the morning and evening hours. Here we see ultralights and light sport aircraft making approaches.
The metal gets a bit heavier in the Warbirds Area and during the airshows. Here we feature the Warbirds of America Memorial, Brad Deckert's beautiful TBM Avenger, the Class of '45 Mustang and Corsair formation, P-51 Mustangs, an early Mustang and Spitfire arrive, the only flying XP-82 Twin Mustang and a mass formation.
World War II triple-ace and test pilot Bud Anderson was honored with a Mustang Salute and served as Grand Marshall of the Veterans Parade.
The Vintage area contained an amazing collection of aircraft, including Cessna 195s, Douglas DC-3s and practically every other type made prior to 1970. Daily presentations by prominent vintage aircraft owners were held near the Red Barn.
The Aero Experience partner Patrick McAlee visited EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019 during the week with his Pitts S-1GT, the Blue Demon. Visit Patrick McAlee Airshows-ExtremeFlight and check back frequently for more news on his great airshow season. Here he shows off his Softie Parachute.
The airshows at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh were outstanding, including more military aircraft in both Heritage and Legacy Flights and top civilian performers. Here is just a small sample of the daily airshows, featuring the F-22 and F-35 fighters and fire tankers.
We met a few of the performers along the way, including Michael Goulian, Kyle Franklin, the Aeroshell Aerobatic Team, Julie Clark and Patty Wagstaff.