Through a photographer's lens

July 25, 2011

These pampered aircraft—all shined up and lined up—at EAA AirVenture could make any pilot weak in the knees. Get a unique glimpse of some of the aircraft on display this year, from a Breezy to a Pitcairn PA-7.

Attendees at EAA AirVenture can purchase rides in the Farmers Insurance Zeppelin, Eureka. At 246 feet long, the Zeppelin NT is the largest flying airship in the world.

AOPA staff prepare the tent for members in advance of EAA AirVenture.

Tied down and roped off, this biplane is ready for the thousands of aviation enthusiasts who will walk by for a glance.

The Pitcairn PA-7: If only delivering the mail were as much fun today.

Getting some sun--this Fairchild FC-2 is typically in the EAA AirVenture Museum.

Aircraft like the Stearman C3-B fill the vintage display area at EAA AirVenture.

These aircraft set up for display in perfect harmony—and alignment.

In true AirVenture fashion, pilots pitch their tents beside their aircraft to eat, breathe, and sleep aviation for a week.

Color coordinated Piper PA-22 and tent: One guess as to the pilot's favorite color.

Allen Maki polishes a North American P-51 Mustang.

Volunteers help to park a Cozy.

Visitors inspect this year's Cessna 182 sweepstakes airplane.

A pilot inspects the cockpit of the Crossover Classic.

A passenger is buckled in before flying in this Breezy.

A pilot gets answers from the AOPA Pilot Information Center.

The Airship Ventures Zeppelin is prepared for early morning rides at EAA AirVenture 2011. The Zeppelin is controlled by two propellers on each side and two in the rear.

A lone figure flies a remote-controlled Piper Cub model aircraft on the Pioneer Airport grounds early on July 26 as a tribute to two EAA AirVenture visitors, Steven A. Staples and Michelle Palermo, who lost their lives July 25 when the Cub they were in crashed in nearby Lake Winnebago.