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The curtain is now prepared to open for EAA Airventure in Oshkosh, Wisc., next week, albeit on what has been a soggy airfield. Nearly a foot of rain has fallen in the area this month. The rain clouds appear ready to depart eastern Wisconsin next week, despite floodwaters forcing Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) to close Friday and more rain was expected in the area into early Saturday.
Sunny weather, however, is expected to prevail in the Oshkosh area during Airventure, with pleasant highs near 80 each day and no more than a 40 percent chance of a storm on any given day, primarily mid-week. Hopefully, it stays perfect for the daily air shows.
With mostly blue skies ahead, we can begin planning for what should be an exciting week. The images in this post are from last year’s show. We here at GlobalAir.com anticipate even more fun this year. Stop by and visit us at Hangar D, Booth 4028. Once you get there, here are a few highlights for the week ahead.
Mass arrivals of aircraft will land in the area throughout the next three days. The Piper Cherokees arrived this afternoon, with Beechcraft Bonanzas, Cessnas and Mooneys to land tomorrow. Stinsons and Comanches arrive along with the Airventure Cup racers on Sunday.
Monday, July 26
Opening Day includes an evening performance by classic-rock band Chicago, but if you are in the mood for some tunes earlier in the day, check out Ravi “The Raviator,” a member of the Flying Musicians. The first performance is 11 a.m. at the Senheiser tent, outside of Hangar A. Repeat shows take place at noon Thursday and Friday.
Ford Motor Co. will sponsor its Wings Vs. Wheels challenge at 3:15 p.m., as a Roush 540RH and Shelby GT350 go head to head against the Red Bull Edge 540 and Castrol Aviator’s Extra 330SC. Ford, as posted on our blog recently, will auction off a Mustang during Airventure that is modeled after the SR-71.
Tuesday, July 27
The theme for the 2010 event is “A Salute to Veterans,” a prominent message displayed in ceremonies and displays throughout the week. Each morning features a nostalgic look at the history of wartime aviation with “Warbirds in Review.” Tuesday’s edition features two sessions, the early installment with a pair of Old Crow P-51s and an afternoon event highlighted by D-Day paratroopers Col. Ed Shames and 1st Lt. Fred Bahlau with the C-47 Tico Belle.
Later in the afternoon, the "Max Effort" Air Show will feature a DC-3/C-47 formation. Among other events, Daher-Socata holds a news conference in AeroShell Square at 9:30 a.m. with Nicolas Chabbert, President of SOCATA North America, speaking.
Wednesday, June 28
Cessna Aircraft will host a Tweet-Up and doughnut breakfast at 9 a.m. Flightglobal senior tech artist Joe Picarella will sign free copies of the Citation Mustang edition of his cutaway aircraft illustrations.
Embraer will have a Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 on display throughout the week. Luis Carlos Affonso, executive vice president of executive jets for the company, speaks at the Embraer booth at 2 p.m.
Continuing with the Salute to Veterans theme, U.S. Army Capt. Brian Brennan, recipient of a Bronze Star and Purple Heart, speaks at 1 p.m. at the B&S Aircraft booth. He was injured by an IED in Afghanistan, losing both his legs and remaining unresponsive for 23 days until Gen. David Petraeus visited him in the hospital and said the word “Currahee,” the motto of Brennan’s unit, the 101st Airborne. The phrase means, “stands alone.” Hearing those words, Brennan tried to sit up to attention. He is on hand at the booth each morning to share his story.
Thursday, July 29
An "Old Glory Honor Flight" to Washington, D.C. departs 8 a.m., and an afternoon air show features classic warbird jets.
EAA Young Eagles Co-Chairmen Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and Jeff Skiles, his first officer on US Airways flight 1549, the “Miracle on the Hudson,” appear together at Forum Pavilion 7 to talk about their experiences since that fateful water landing.
Friday, July 30
A "Parade of Veterans" at 2 p.m. concludes with a photo of all veterans gathered. A "Missing Man" formation also takes place. Actor and veterans advocate Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band perform Friday evening.
The world premiere of "Pearl" plays at the Fly-In Theater. It tells the story of story of Pearl Carter Scott, a Chickasaw aviatrix who was the youngest licensed pilot in the United States.
Saturday, July 31
A big weekend finale includes a rare nighttime air show, featuring a "Wall of Fire" and fireworks display.
The Spirit of Aviation Auction features aircraft for sale. Another afternoon air show is loaded with pyrotechnics and pays homage to warbirds. Nine-time Grammy winner Asleep at the Wheel performs at 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 1
Closing day is Family Day, as those between six and 18 years of age enjoy free admission. As there also is on Saturday, an early morning mass balloon launch commences.
An early warbird air show includes the Japanese Nakajima A6M2 Model 21 Zero. The afternoon show is entitled “Warbird Aerobatics.”
For a complete rundown of daily events and maps, visit this page and this page on the Airventure web site. Additional workshops and activities can be found here.