You Expect Big Things at Airventure...

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There really is no way to describe EAA's annual Airventure show to non-flyers because telling them about endless rows of every kind of aircraft ever manufactured on display means nothing.

You tell them about the best of the best acrobatic pilots bringing their "A" game to the afternoon air show, and tell them about the four monster exhibition buildings full of exhibitors selling the latest and greatest aviation software, hardware and of course, toys.

But when you describe "Oshkosh" to other pilots who have never been lucky enough to walk the hallowed ground of OSH-Wittman Regional Airport, you just have to tell them about some of the almost unbelievable things they'll see there. You can guarantee another pilot that if they make it to Cheese Country, USA the last week of July, they'll see something so big, so exciting, so mesmerizing, they will stop in their tracks with jaw dropped. And if they make the show this year, what they'll see will be really REALLY big, according to this EAA press release [pdf]:

"With the announcement today that the Airbus A380 is coming to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009, EAA reinforced the reputation of its annual fly-in as a one-of-a-kind showcase of aviation’s innovations, unique accomplishments, and wide-ranging interests. For the first time in North America, AirVenture will provide the opportunity for the global aviation community and the public to admire the world’s largest passenger airliner on static display and in flight."
See what I mean...EAA really does think BIG! But for those expecting only a brief flyover, sorry, you'll be disappointed:
"The A380 will arrive and perform a flight demonstration to kick off the Tuesday, July 28 air show. After commanding the stage through the remainder of the week on AeroShell Square, AirVenture’s main aircraft showcase area, it will open the air show again on Friday, July 31 with a flight demonstration before its departure. “I’m pleased that Airbus chose EAA AirVenture Oshkosh as its first occasion in North America to provide an up-close and personal look at the A380,” said Tom Poberezny, EAA president and AirVenture chairman."
EAA's Dick Knapinski said in an email that the show's organizers are trying to find a place to fit the behemoth Airbus, and have settled on three possible locations for the A380 exhibition. Details for interior tours and other public viewing have not been released, but I'll bet I'm sure not the only curious pilot who would welcome a peek inside the world's largest airliner.

Billed as the World's Greatest Aviation Celebration, this year’s event takes place July 27 – August 2. Other features of this year’s event will include: Virgin Galactic’s WhiteKnightTwo mothership “Eve”; the cockpit crew of US Airways flight 1549; observation of several historic aviation anniversaries; celebration of aviation’s role in humanitarian activities; spectacular Warbirds demonstrations; the world’s best aerobatic performers; a concert by the Doobie Brothers; the comedy of Jeff Dunham; 10,000 aircraft; 2,500 show planes; 800 exhibits; and 500 forums and workshops.

So I just have to ask any licensed pilots reading the hell can you possible stay away from Oshkosh again this year? Go ahead and visit the show's site here for more 411.

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