Photo Gallery: EAA AirVenture 2018 Sets Records

EAA AirVenture 2018 Sets Records

  • Airpower at Oshkosh

    “The week was upbeat, exciting and filled with many ‘Only at Oshkosh’ moments,” says EAA Chairman Jack Pelton. Among them: this lineup of airpower over the last 75 years, including a U.S. Air Force F-35 Lightning II and “Doc,” one of the world’s two airworthy Boeing B-29 Superfortress bombers.

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    Maureen Spuhler/AW&ST

  • Jack Bally’s Home-built B-17

    More than 2,979 aircraft were registered as showplanes (the second straight year over 2,900), including 1,160 home-built aircraft (up 5%). Among them: this one-third-scale home-built B-17 bomber.

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    Maureen Spuhler/AW&ST

  • Single-seat Bomber

    Jack Bally, of Dixon, Ilinois, won an EAA Special Award for Outstanding Accomplishment for designing and building his one-third-scale single-seat B-17G, a feat that took him nearly 18 years. The 34-ft.-wingspan aircraft is powered by four 85-hp Hirth F-30 two-cycle engines.

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    Maureen Spuhler/AW&ST

  • Hatz Off to Home-builders

    At the other end of the home-built spectrum are the classic biplane designs. At least a dozen Hatzes, designed originally in 1968 as a smaller version of a Waco F vintage biplane, flew in to celebrate their 50th anniversary.

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    Maureen Spuhler/AW&ST

  • Peaceful Retirement

    A total of  377 warbirds attended, up 7% from 2017. Many flew in massed formations, including these North American T-6 trainers celebrating the type’s 80th anniversary.

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    Maureen Spuhler/AW&ST

  • Quiet Recognition

    Basking quietly in the sun at Oshkosh were two rarely seen and oft-forgotten contributors to World War II: a pair of three-seat trainers that originate from Piper Cub and Taylorcraft L-2 airframes. Here the Taylorcraft TG-6 elementary trainer shows how a new nose and extra seat replaced the engine in the spotter plane. The glider also has redesigned landing gear and a modified tail. Many were converted back into powered L-2s after the war.

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    Maureen Spuhler/AW&ST

  • Old-timers Remain Popular

    Vintage aircraft of all types were at Oshkosh—1,094 of them, in fact—including a number of rare Travel Air biplanes that are taking part in the 2018 American Barnstormers Tour. Here a Curtiss-Wright Travel Air D-4000 frames a Stinson Reliant.

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    Maureen Spuhler/AW&ST

  • Nighttime Aerobatics

    The AeroShell Aerobatic Team, flying four North American T-6 Texans, never disappoints. This year they performed both day and night air show aerobatics at Oshkosh.

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    Maureen Spuhler/AW&ST

  • Super Chipmunk With Pyrotechnics

    Nate Hammond fires off more than 200 lb. of pyrotechnics from his Super Chipmunk while performing in AirVenture’s dramatic night show.

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    Maureen Spuhler/AW&ST

This year’s EAA AirVenture, the 49th to be held at Oshkosh, Wisconsin, set several new records including attendance of 601,000, up nearly 2% from the year before, despite the absence of a major jet aerobatic display team (the Blue Angels performed in 2017).

More than 10,000 aircraft arrived at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh and other airports in east-central Wisconsin. At Wittman alone, there were 19,588 aircraft operations from July 20-30, an average of approximately 123 takeoffs/landings per hour during daylight, making it the busiest airport in the world over that period.

Many attendees paid for aircraft rides during the show: 2,800 flew aboard EAA’s two Ford Tri-Motors, while 3,032 rode EAA’s Bell 47 helicopters and 680 flew in EAA’s B-17 bomber “Aluminum Overcast.”

The show attracted 867 commercial exhibitors and generated $170 million in business for the surrounding area, based on a 2017 University of Wisconsin Oshkosh economic impact study.

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