The Mecca of Aviation. Woodstock for Wingnuts. Oshkosh. Or formally, the 2017 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Convention is underway in the small town of Oshkosh, WI. An airport that is an ordinary airport on every week of the year comes to life in the last week of July. It transforms from any other American regional airport to an airport that is busier than London Heathrow, New York’s JFK International Airport, or the busiest airport in the world by aircraft movements, Chicago O’Hare — just 175 miles south. In fact, it continues to break Guinness World Records annually. And this year isn’t expected to fall any short of that.
With great weather for the entire week, and a nonstop schedule of events enough to keep any aviator busy, it is pretty much assured that this year will be a record breaker. On this year’s agenda are anniversary celebrations for the Piper Cub, Extra 300, Christen Eagle, and various other types. Along with that, it is scheduled that 2017 will be the year of the bomber. With appearances by the B-1 Lancer, B-2 Spirit, and B-52 Superfortress of the modern USAF, along with historic bombers such as the B-17 Flying Fortress, B-25 Mitchell, A-20 Havoc, and B-29 Superfortress.
Speaking of that, two historic bomber flights will be made throughout the week. 16 B-25s will fly throughout the week to commemorate Doolittle’s Raid. And for the first time since a few years after World War II, a flight of two B-29 Superfortresses. The only two flying B-29s – Doc and FiFi will perform a couple of formation flyovers.
Many events, new and old will take place during the seven days as well. The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will make their Oshkosh debut on Friday at 4pm, and will perform Saturday at 5pm as well. Tuesday is Innovations Day, in which aviators will compete for a $25,000 first prize by providing solutions to the issue of fatal loss-of-control accidents in amateur-built planes. Activities on Wednesday will include WomenVenture, celebrating women in aviation, and women-themed events will occur throughout the week. Last year, Alaska Airlines flew a Boeing 737 into Oshkosh to commemorate women in aviation. And finally, on Friday, ten astronauts from the Apollo program will come together to celebrate the Apollo program’s 50th anniversary.
All of these events and more will be covered by Layoverhub writers throughout the week, so check back daily for updates!
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