AirVenture 2011: A Look Back

Here's a second look at the highlights of aviation's biggest annual gathering.

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Bob Carlton thrills the crowds with his aerobatic show in the Super Salto — a sailplane powered by a single, small jet engine. (Photos by Jon Whittle)
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Chairman of EAA and of AirVenture, Tom Poberezny, retires from the organization on the first day of the show.
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After the conclusion of the airshow, EAA announced that more than 10,000 airplanes had flown into central Wisconsin for the festivities.
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The twin-engine Boomerang was one of several Burt Rutan designed airplanes on display at ConocoPhillips Plaza.
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** A sizable warbird formation over-flies Wittman Field with a C-47 leading the way.**
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Burt Rutan, who retired earlier this year, was honored with a special day of recognition for his unique Experimental airplane designs.
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Visitors wait in line to enter the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which was at the show for a single day on Friday.
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With shoreline parking full, this Lake Amphibian is tied to a buoy at the temporary seaplane base in Lake Winnebago.
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A Queen Monoplane replica honors Earle Lewis Ovington — the first pilot certified to fly mail — as part of the 100th Anniversary of Air Mail exhibit.
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The twin-tail, midwing North American B-25 Mitchell, used for various missions in World War II, appears to be guarding Wittman Field in the sunset.
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**The polished aluminum of a P-51 Mustang gets adorned with its name — Twilight Tear. **
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Although Boeing built nearly 4,000 B-29 airplanes, Fifi is the only Superfortress in the world that remains in airworthy condition.
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While Lake Winnebago served nearly 100 seaplanes during the weeklong event, it does not serve as a seaplane base during the rest of the year.
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**The 100th anniversary of Naval aviation was celebrated with a grand display of airplanes carrying the distinguishing star markings. **
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An F/A-18F Super Hornet belonging to VFA-122 — the Flying Eagles — bears a modern, digital, camouflage paint scheme.
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Gene Soucy pilots his Showcat, a highly modified Grumman Ag Cat, with wing-walker Teresa Stokes on top.
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For the second year in a row, AirVenture’s Saturday night airshow concluded with spectacular fireworks.
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The roaring engines, flashing lights and smoke make the AeroShell Texans easy to find during the night airshows.
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Ultralights maintained a strong presence at this year's show, both in the air and on the ground.
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Aviation enthusiasts braved the rain to see the show during this year's slight period of bad weather.
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For more, check out our full coverage of AirVenture 2011.