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'Welcome to Oshkosh''Welcome to Oshkosh'

  • AOPA is ready to greet EAA AirVenture attendees as soon as they come through the brown arch at the flight line.
  • Ercoupes gather in the vintage parking area to mark the seventy-fifth anniversary of the airplane.
  • EAA AirVenture attendees relax on the flight line and watch arrivals come in to land at Wittman Regional Airport.
  • These AirVenture visitors find a shady spot to watch aircraft arrive.
  • Pilots are checking out airplanes as soon as they get their own aircraft parked and tied down.
  • The first Piper Super Cub will be sure to draw attention at the AOPA campus near the flight line at EAA AirVenture.
  • AOPA's 2015 You Can Fly Sweepstakes Cessna 152 is already drawing attention.
  • The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team flew overnight to get to EAA AirVenture and perform for the crowds in Boeing Plaza July 20.
  • Yingling Aviation is rebuilding the venerable Skyhawk with its new Ascend 172, done in the spirit of AOPA’s Reimagined program. Photo by Alyssa Miller/AOPA
  • Framed by the tail of an Airbus A350 XWB, a pair of Ercoupes help celebrate the twin-tailed aircraft's seventy-fifth birthday. Photo by Alyssa Miller/AOPA
  • EAA AirVenture visitors watch the daily airshow from their easy chairs. Photo by Alyssa Miller/AOPA
  • Pilot, performer, and AOPA Hat in the Ring Society co-chairman Dierks Bentley has guitars at the ready for his AirVenture performance. Photo by Al Marsh/AOPA.
  • Clouds move in over Silver Dragon, an A-26, in the Warbird area at EAA AirVenture. Photo by Al Marsh/AOPA.

Pilots who had arrived early to EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, basked in the warm, sunny weather, lying on the grass along the flight line and beneath aircraft wings as they watched their fellow aviators arrive on Wittman Regional Airport’s runways 36R and 36L.

“Welcome to Oshkosh,” the air traffic controller told a group of aircraft that had just landed as he instructed them to taxi to the grass. Loudspeakers along the flight line periodically broadcast the action from the tower for attendees to hear.

While exhibitors were putting the finishing touches on their displays, early arrivals scouted out what would be in store for the week. Damage from a storm early July 18 had been fixed, the showgrounds ready for the droves of aviation enthusiasts expected to arrive during the week.

A yellow Piper Super Cub on AOPA’s exhibit campus attracted a steady stream of admirers, while the 2015 You Can Fly Sweepstakes 152 drew people in for a closer look inside the aircraft.

Rex Taylor of Endeavor, Wisconsin, stopped by the AOPA campus to peek at the bright yellow airplanes. Taylor, who owns an Ercoupe and Lancair had already visited the Ercoupe parking area in the vintage aircraft section, where more than 70 of the classic aircraft were gathered to celebrate its seventy-fifth anniversary. But the real draw for him is the warbirds.

“I appreciate the warbirds,” Taylor said, adding that he planned to make a few different trips to the show, including Friday when the “warbirds do a lot of showing off.”

Alyssa J. Miller

Alyssa J. Miller

AOPA Director of eMedia and Online Managing Editor
AOPA Director of eMedia and Online Managing Editor Alyssa J. Miller has worked at AOPA since 2004 and is an active flight instructor.
Topics: EAA AirVenture, Events, Vintage

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