With the start of the Oshkosh airshow just days away, aviation fanatics far and wide are making last-minute preparations for all they’ll do and see once the doors to EAA AirVenture 2012 swing open on Monday, July 23.
This year’s show looks set to be good one – although it will be hot, with temperatures forecast to soar into the mid 90s on opening day. Among the highlights, AirVenture 2012 will include a tribute to Experimental Aircraft Association founders Paul and Audrey Poberezny, celebrations of the 40th anniversary of the Van’s RV and 75th anniversary of the Piper J-3 Cub, military salutes to the Tuskegee Airman and Doolittle Raiders plus an opening night concert by the Steve Miller Band and the ever-popular Night Air Show on Saturday presented by Rockwell Collins.
As always, there will be airshow performances each day and an amazing assemblage of airplanes from warbirds to homebuilts, ultralights and business jets that can only be seen together in one place for a week each summer in central Wisconsin.
AirVenture organizers are expecting more than 540,000 visitors, 10,000 aircraft and 800 exhibitors for the seven-day show that runs through July 29. Flying Magazine will be there with a full team on site the entire week to cover all the happenings and blockbuster news from the show. Be sure to stop by the big red Flying tent and say hello!