10:13 AM

In an Oshkosh state of mind,
don’t ya’ know

I have calculated that it is exactly 5,678,843 days until Airventure 2006.

In the mean time, I’d like to share some statistics from last year’s OSH show to try and describe just how big this show really is:

Oshkosh 2005 by the numbers:

700,000 - Estimated attendance

10,000 - Total aircraft arriving at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, as well as other airports in the Oshkosh area for Airventure

2,927 - No. of showplanes (includes 1,267 homebuilt aircraft (a record), 924 vintage airplanes, 386 warbirds, 196 ultralights, 130 seaplanes and 24 rotorcraft.

789 - No. of commercial exhibitors and vendors.

1,813 - No. of registered international visitors (from 65 nations). Top nations: Canada 424, Australia 290, Germany 170, Brazil 148, South Africa 121.

904 - No of media representatives on site, from five continents (up from 711 in 2004).

41,000 - No. of campers (aircraft and drive-in camping areas) in 13,700 camping units.
If you are a pilot and you have never been to OSH, do it this year. The minute begin to walk the grounds of Wittman Regional Airport, your jaw will drop and you will be promising yourself that until you depart this life, you'll have a standinng date in late July to the land of Cheese, Brats and 5,000 calorie breakfasts.

And if you plan on going this year, you should have made your hotel reservations back in 1998, the last year a hotel room was available within a 25 mile radius of OSH during the show.

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