Oshkosh 2015: One for the Record Books

EAA hosts a memorable AirVenture.

OSH15 P-51 P-38 F-22 Formation

OSH15 P-51 P-38 F-22 Formation

AirVenture 2015 photography by Jessica Voruda

If you made the trip to Oshkosh this year for EAA AirVenture, nobody has to tell you how good it was. You and around 550,000 of your closest aviation-crazy friends lived airplanes day and night as the crowds at Wittman Regional Airport were inundated with the sights and sounds that only the big Wisconsin airshow can deliver.

And, boy, did Oshkosh ever deliver this time around. The weather was nearly perfect the entire week, attendance was the highest it's been in a decade and there was an all-time record in terms of aircraft movements for the week at more than 16,278, according to EAA.

EAA president Jack Pelton called it an "incredible week," which it was, and much more. Highlights included the debut appearance by the Lockheed F-35, Airbus A350 and Goodyear's new Wingfoot One airship, as well as a Boeing B-52, replica Junkers F13 and super-cool formation flybys of a P-51 Mustang, P-38 Lightning and F-22 Raptor, not to be outdone by a dozen P-51s, a Lancaster bomber and a Mosquito.

The one down note was the crash of an arriving Piper Malibu on Wednesday that injured five on board.

If you missed the show, Pelton promised next year's AirVenture will be just as buzzworthy, with Burt Rutan planning on bringing his unique SkiGull to Wittman Regional, the B-29 Doc's hoped for debut appearance, the anniversary of the F-16, and the 100th year in business for Boeing, which you just know will be bringing a 787 Dreamliner after being upstaged — in Boeing Plaza no less — by Airbus and the A350.

We'll see you there. In the meantime, check out all the best photos from AirVenture 2015 in our galleries.

To read our full AirVenture news coverage, click here.

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