EAA AirVenture 2021 Photo Gallery: Together Again

With more than 10,000 aircraft flying in, and 608,000 pilots and enthusiasts joining the fun, the world’s largest general aviation gathering came back to life.

With more than 10,000 aircraft flying in, and 608,000 pilots and enthusiasts joining the fun, the world’s largest general aviation gathering came back to life.

At Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, EAA AirVenture 2021 saw a total of 16,378 aircraft operations in the ten days spanning from July 22 to 31—an average of 116 takeoffs and landings each hour that the tower was open for business.

The total economic impact of the show on Winnebago County and four of its neighbors? Estimates say $170 million.

Here’s a look at the week in pictures.

Gathering at the Brown Arch remains an AirVenture tradition. Did you make it to find your favorite brick?Stephen Yeates
AirVenture is well known for staying clean and tidy even as thousands of people roam the show grounds—and in 2021, that fact comforted many folks about attending.Stephen Yeates
While many airshow performers kept their skills up throughout the 2020 season, everyone was happy to be back before the big #OSH21 crowd.Stephen Yeates
A record number of vintage aircraft—1,420—flew in, such as this Beech 18.Stephen Yeates
A P-51 Mustang honoring the Tuskegee Airmen leads off a line of many P-51s that flew into the show.Stephen Yeates
In the Warbird area, an encampment honoring Allied soldiers stood in for many international visitors—like those from the UK—who could not attend.Stephen Yeates
It takes a ramp as big as Boeing Plaza to contain the C-17 and its military brethren during the show.Stephen Yeates
The polished metal skin of the Cessna 140A shone in the sunlight in front of the Vintage Hangar.Stephen Yeates
Waco Aircraft announced three new models—and showed off its YMF series on floats.Stephen Yeates
Legend Airways was just one of several Douglas aircraft that made it to AirVenture after an historic Atlantic crossing in 2019 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Normandy landings.Stephen Yeates
The workhorse-turned-airshow-star Miss Montana, a Douglas C-47A, glows in the golden light.Stephen Yeates
Women Moving the Needle, hosted by Avemco, brought together women in aviation, such as Angel Hughes, UPS pilot and board chairman of Sisters of the Skies, and Flying’s editor-in-chief Julie Boatman.Stephen Yeates
With so many airplanes polished up for show, like this TravelAir, it’s always hard to choose a favorite.Stephen Yeates
At a special reception on Monday night, Flying hosted its 2021 Innovation Awards, which were bestowed upon Garmin Aviation, Piper Aircraft, Daher, and Cirrus Aircraft.Stephen Yeates
The Aeroshell Aerobatic Team lines up for an early morning practice session.Stephen Yeates
The Aeroshell Aerobatic Team hosted media rides and also flew in the night shows on Thursday and Saturday.Stephen Yeates
A lot of effort goes into setting up and taking down such a massive aviation event, and pilots started flying in as early as a week ahead of time to score a prime spot.Stephen Yeates
The Orbis Flying Eye Hospital—a McDonnell Douglas MD-10-30—flew into AirVenture as part of the show’s tribute to philanthropic flying.Stephen Yeates
For the first time in more than a year, representatives from a wide range of GA’s top manufacturers—such as Daher’s senior vice president, aircraft division Nicholas Chabbert—presented new aircraft, products, and plans to the media.Stephen Yeates
The Phillips 66 Aerostars provided a special all-female demo flight in a trio of Extras on Wednesday out of the Appleton airport for a crew from I Hart Flying. The flight was staged to raise attention for its scholarship program sponsored in part by Phillips 66.Stephen Yeates
Dell Coller twists the Rad Aerosports Jet Waco into amazing figures in front of the AirVenture show line.Stephen Yeates
A few special aircraft just came in for a first appearance, like Textron Aviation’s new Cessna Sky Courier -- serial number one and still undergoing flight test.Stephen Yeates
The Noorduyn Norseman’s uniqueness -- even in the rarefied world of vintage aircraft -- earned it a front-row spot for the duration of AirVenture.Stephen Yeates
The panel of this award-winning Piper Colt demonstrates the care made in restoring and shepherding special aircraft to the fly-in.Stephen Yeates
Lisa deFrees and Julie Boatman welcomed Flying’s new owner Craig Fuller to his first Oshkosh, with a sneak preview of the September 2021 cover.Stephen Yeates