Airplanes, Friends, and Bacon (Jerky): Welcome to Our #OSH18 Preview

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By Dan Pimentel,
Airplanista Blog Editor
Each day, that countdown clock in the hallway outside EAA Communications Director Dick Knapinski’s office at the association’s Oshkosh HQ ticks a little closer to the most wonderful time of the year for us #avgeeks. When that clock hits 0:00:00, that’s when the fun begins and does not let up for an entire week of aviation merriment.
To many, “The World’s Largest Aviation Celebration” is called EAA AirVenture, but to most people who have gone there every summer for years, it is just “Oshkosh.” Like I have said many times, it is correct to call it either name. “AirVenture” describes the giant trade show, the afternoon airshows and Innovation halls that bring us the very latest in aviation inventions. The term “Oshkosh” though is all about the people, the friends we see every summer, the food we share, the camping we experience (and sometimes endure, I’m talking to you, ‘Sloshkosh’), and the camaraderie of being surrounded by several hundred thousand of the finest aviation enthusiasts on the planet.

This year’s event – call it what you will – runs July 23-29 at Wittman Regional Airport (KOSH), and if you are not yet set on going (tickets are here), maybe the following will prime that pump and make you ink in a trip to the shores of Lake Winnebago. Let’s take look at some highlights from #OSH18, excerpted from the Airventure site:

C-17 Demo Coming to AirVenture

The C-17 Globemaster III, one of the U.S. Air Force’s most versatile cargo aircraft, will be in attendance at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018. The aircraft will be parked on Boeing Plaza and open for tours by the aircraft crew. In addition, the aircraft will participate in the afternoon air show, displaying its capabilities that are unique for an aircraft of its size and capacity.

Rare, Legendary XP-82 Twin Mustang Aims to Make Debut Appearance at AirVenture 2018

The restorers of a North American XP-82 Twin Mustang, one of the most unusual fighter/escort aircraft ever deployed by the U.S. military, are aiming to make EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 its first public appearance to celebrate completion of an arduous 10-year restoration project. Fewer than 300 of the airplanes were produced as the P-82, with all but five scrapped in the years after the Korean War and this is the only flying example in the world.

Initial EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 Aircraft Anniversaries Announced

Another crop of historic aircraft types will be celebrated in accordance with their significant anniversaries at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018.

T-6, SNJ, and Harvard (80 years); Hatz Biplane (50 years); Bede BD-4 (50 years); Evans VP-1 Volksplane (50 years); Quicksilver (40 years); Quad City Challenger II (35 years) and Legal Eagle (20 years)

Boeing E-4 Coming to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
For the first time ever, the United States Air Force Global Strike Command is bringing a Boeing E-4 Advanced Airborne Command Post to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. The E-4 is a modified Boeing 747 used as a mobile command post for the National Command Authority. Each E-4 has more than a dozen external communications systems, giving those aboard the ability to run the country from the sky in case of a disaster. The Air Force has four E-4 aircraft, and at least one of them is on alert at all times.

Initial AirVenture 2018 Air Show Performers Announced
The afternoon air shows are scheduled to kick off at 2:30 p.m. daily during AirVenture, while the night shows will take place on Wednesday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Here are few of my faves:

AeroShell Aerobatic Team, Vicky Benzing, Canadian Harvard Aerobatic Team, Kirby Chambliss, Matt Chapman, Kyle Franklin, Michael Goulian, Rob Holland, Gene Soucy and Teresa Stokes, Sean D. Tucker, Patty Wagstaff and Matt Younkin

Year of the Tanker at AirVenture 2018 Brings Big Iron to Flightline
The Air Force Reserve is celebrating its 70th anniversary at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018, bringing part of its impressive fleet of military refueling aircraft as part of AirVenture’s “Year of the Tanker.” Aircraft include the KC-46, KC-10, KC-135, and HC-130P/N. Air Force Reserve Command aircraft will participate in the daily air shows at AirVenture 2018, and be displayed on Boeing Plaza throughout the week.

World War I Centennial Activities Highlighted at AirVenture 2018
Activities at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 commemorating the centennial of the final year of World War I will feature historic and replica aircraft from the era and flying and other activities that look back at the Great War that concluded with the armistice of 1918. This year’s WWI commemoration will take place throughout the week, including flying activities on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Fridays evenings, with a special emphasis on Friday, July 27. The WWI programming will be primarily based in the vintage aircraft parking area on the AirVenture flightline. Along with the aircraft on display from the 1915-1918 era, the only flying Dayton-Wright DH.4 Liberty Aeroplane will be there.

Royal Air Force 100th Anniversary Celebrated at AirVenture 2018

The centennial year of the Royal Air Force will be commemorated with historic aircraft, flyovers, and special programming during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018. The RAF’s 100th anniversary will be celebrated throughout the week, with a primary focus on the centennial on Tuesday, July 24. In addition, a program at EAA’s Theater in the Woods will devote extensive programming to the RAF centennial on Monday evening, July 23.

American Barnstormers Tour Coming to AirVenture 2018
The American Barnstormers Tour will bring 12 vintage Travel Air biplanes in a mass arrival to Oshkosh on July 22, the Sunday before AirVenture kicks off. Any and all vintage Beechcraft, Cessna, Stearman, or Travel Air airplanes from the Golden, Silver, and Classic ages are encouraged to join the American Barnstormers Tour in their mass arrival to Oshkosh, departing from Chippewa Valley Regional Airport.

Innovative Yak-110 Coming to Oshkosh
The Yak-110, an innovative aerobatic airplane created by attaching two Yak-55s together and adding a jet engine in addition to the two radial engines, is slated to appear and perform at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 for the first time ever.

John Stahr Flying Art Gallery

A collection of John Stahr’s flying artwork will be on display at AirVenture 2018. You will find a collection of the most gorgeous RV aircraft on the field (all painted by my fellow EAA 1457 chapter member Stahr) usually parked on the east side of the North 40 Tram line just north of the Forums buildings.

Airplanista’s #Oshbash Social Media Meetup Event
I will be hosting my usual social event on Tuesday night, 530P – 730P in the Media HQ Press Tent. This year’s #Oshbash event is sponsored by Sporty’s Pilot Shop and X-Plane 11 Flight Simulator, and there will be door prizes including a Sporty’s Air Scan radio and 10 free X-Plane product keys. I will be serving a tasting of Pork Barrel BBQ’s incredible and popular Bacon Jerky, and will have a number of speakers on stage to talk about aviation entrepreneurs, non-profits and other aviation innovations such as app development.

If this list is not enough to have you clicking here to buy your AirVenture tickets now, I suggest a trip to Urgent Care to have that pulse checked…you might be in serious trouble. Oshkosh 2018, come for the airplanes, stay for the friends.

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