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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!

Blue skies,

Carmelo Turdo, Mark Nankivil and Fred Harl - The Aero Experience Team

Monday, October 21, 2019

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019: Helicopter Rides Are a Fun Way to Get the Bird's Eye View

The Aero Experience continues with our year-round coverage of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019, sponsored by Elite Aviation, with a look at the event grounds from several flights in the Bell 47Gs that continuously fly visitors throughout the week. The helicopter flights are conducted from Pioneer Airport near the EAA AirVenture Museum, and include a circuit over much of the parked aircraft, campgrounds and the aircraft on display in Boeing Plaza. One of the iconic images of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is the constant orbiting of classic Bell 47 helicopters, sometimes three or more at a time, over the western portion of Wittman Regional airport. Photos from these flights, taken on Wednesday and Saturday, show the enormous camping area, Warbirds parking and the rotation of aircraft on display in Boeing Plaza.  

Helicopter rides were givien nearly non-stop throughout the week:

The Wednesday flight shows mid-week buildup of aircraft and campers along with the WomenVenture United Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner parked for the day near the UPS Boeing 747:

The flight on Saturday shows the reduction in aircraft from the morning exodus and the arrival of the Lockheed C-5M Super Galexy to Boeing Plaza:

Our next post will feature a tour of the EAA AirVenture Museum, shown above, located across from the grass runway and helicopter operations area. 

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