AirVenture 2011 Day 1

With clear blue skies and full crowds, AirVenture 2011 starts with a bang.

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AirVenture 2011 is officially underway, drawing thousands of aviation enthusiasts from around the country.
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With everything from ultralights to jets on display,visitors at this year's show have the opportunity to see thousands of different aircraft.
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AirVenture 2011's warbird alley is particularly vibrant, with approximately 350 military-type aircraft on display. For more, check out "Rare Warbirds Heading to Oshkosh."
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In appropriate fashion, makeshift military tents line the area.
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**The Commemorative Air Force brought a variety of unique warbirds to this year's show, including an airworthy Japanese Zero.
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This P-51 Mustang, known as Gentleman Jim, was fired up along the flight line.
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Classic DC-3s carved out a spot on the show grounds.
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This Navy airplane was part of one of the largest Naval aircraft displays to date. The large Naval presence at AirVenture 2011 is in celebration of the 100-year anniversary of Naval aviation.
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Visitors gathered along the flight line for AirVenture's Monday afternoon airshow.
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A number of Naval aircraft took to the skies.
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**The Aeroshell T-6 Texan Aerobatic Team also performed.
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Commonly known as the "Pilot Maker," the AT-6 Texan was the main training airplane for all World War II American airmen.
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29-year-old air show pilot Matt Younkin performed a variety of maneuvers in this Twin Beech.
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Airshow pilot Bob Carlton performed in his jet-powered Super Salto sailplane.
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The aircraft is equipped with a PBS TJ-100 jet engine.
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Three Yaks piloted by Aerostar team members fly by in formation during Monday's show.
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The Yak first flew in 1976. The aircraft was used as a primary Soviet trainer.
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Wingwalker Teresa Stokes moved about the wing of this Grumman biplane known as the Showcat as pilot Gene Soucy manned the aircraft.
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REO Speedwagon performed Monday night for the AirVenture crowds.
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Can you say I can't fight this feeling anymore?