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A record yearA record year

Powerful storms may have made a mess of things just before EAA AirVenture began, but the largest airshow in the world set new records for total attendance and other measures nonetheless.

Nate Hammond's de Havilland Chipmunk adds colorful notes to the Wednesday night airshow at EAA AirVenture. Photo by Mike Collins.

A number of aircraft conceived by legendary aircraft designer Burt Rutan are on display at Boeing Plaza. Rutan and his designs are being celebrated at EAA AirVenture 2019. Photo by Mike Collins.

  • Total attendance: 642,000, 6.8 percent increase from 2018 *
  • Total aircraft operations (OSH, July 19 through 29): 16,807
  • Operational tempo: Averaged 127 takeoffs and landings every hour
  • Attendance at EAA Seminars, forums, workshops, and other presentations: More than 75,000
  • Attendance at AOPA seminars, workshops, and events: 4,554
“What I’m most proud of this year is how our volunteers, staff, and the community joined to overcome the challenges resulting from the massive storms that hit the airport and campground just prior to opening day. It took a true team effort to meet the additional demands on time and resources to provide services to our members and visitors.”
— EAA Chairman and CEO Jack Pelton
Aerobatics in a Bonanza? Yes, if you're Jim Peitz, shown flying a routine in his Beechcraft F33C Bonanza during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019. Photo by Mike Collins.
  • Most popular AOPA seminar: Social Media Creators in the Aviation Space, 296 participants
  • Camping: More than 12,300 campsites occupied by an estimated 40,000 attendees.
  • Total aircraft arrivals: More than 10,000
  • EAA volunteers: More than 5,500, collectively contributing more than 250,000 hours
  • Guests registered at International Visitors Tent: 2,772 representing 93 countries *


*denotes new record reported by EAA
Data provided by EAA, AOPA staff.

After his EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Town Hall presentation, AOPA President Mark Baker, left, signs a copy of "Freedom to Fly: AOPA and the History of General Aviation in America" for David Pfeiffer of Indianapolis, Indiana. "That is an excellent book. I read it all the way through," Pfeiffer said. Photo by Mike Collins.

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