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Packed house, heroes welcomed

Our helicopter flight revealed row after row of parked airplanes and crowded grounds at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, while on the ground we saw plenty of smiling faces, both new friends and the more familiar including Brig. Gen. Charles McGee, 101, one of the original Tuskegee Airmen, who received a hero’s welcome and stayed to sign autographs.

EAA AirVenture has long been the dates circled more than most on the aviation calendar, and we found plenty of pent-up enthusiasm bursting out all over Wittman Regional Airport. Take a visual tour around the grounds with a few of our favorite photographs.

Hundreds of warbirds, experimental, and certified aircraft fill the ramps, grass, and display areas on the grounds of Wittman Regional Airport during EAA AirVenture July 27. Photo by David Tulis. RJ Gritter passes the brown arch in a Bellanca Super Decathlon during the opening day’s afternoon airshow at EAA AirVenture. Photo by David Tulis. Courtland Savage, Chris Palmer, Cayla McLeod, Kellee Edwards, and Josh Flowers participate in a social media panel on the AOPA campus during EAA AirVenture July 27.  Photo by David Tulis. Visitors view a Curtiss P-40 Warhawk fighter aircraft in the warbirds area during EAA AirVenture. Photo by David Tulis. Spectators watch the daily afternoon airshow during EAA AirVenture. Photo by David Tulis. Spectators watch during the opening day’s afternoon airshow at EAA AirVenture. Photo by David Tulis. The Geico Skytypers perform during EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Monday, July 26. Photo by David Tulis. Spectators relax during the opening day’s afternoon airshow at EAA AirVenture. Photo by David Tulis. Hundreds of warbirds, experimental, and certified aircraft fill the ramps, grass, and display areas on the grounds of Wittman Regional Airport in this view from a Bell 47G helicopter during EAA AirVenture July 27. Photo by David Tulis. The Goodyear blimp is making its fiftieth annual appearance during EAA AirVenture. Photo by David Tulis. A crewman polishes a North American P-51 Mustang in the wardbirds area during EAA AirVenture July 27. Photo by David Tulis. A University of North Dakota American Champion Super Decathalon is dwarfed by a Luftwaffe A400M on display with other modern military aircraft at Boeing Plaza during EAA AirVenture. Photo by David Tulis. Airshow attendees crowd into Boeing Plaza during EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Monday, July 26. Photo by David Tulis. US Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Evan Coyle shows Evelyn Farrell, 5, around the cockpit of a Boeing Apache AH-64E attack helicopter on display at Boeing Plaza during EAA AirVenture. Photo by David Tulis. Performer Greg Koontz cuts tape while flying above the runway inverted during the opening day’s afternoon airshow at EAA AirVenture. Photo by David Tulis. AOPA President Mark Baker talks with attendees during EAA AirVenture. Photo by David Tulis. Brig. Gen. Charles McGee, 101, is escorted from a Tuskegee Airmen Redtail Flight Academy news conference during EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Monday, July 26. McGee served in the US Air Force during three wars and is on site at the Rise Above exhibit to sign autographs and pose for photos. Photo by David Tulis. Redbird Flight Simulations Inc. CEO Todd Willinger and CFI Nicole Cunningham demonstrate the new Redbird Pro simulator that uses artificial intelligence to create a customized proficiency plan based on an individual pilot’s input. Photo by David Tulis. A seagull flies above the ramp during EAA AirVenture. Photo by David Tulis. Attendees participate in a workshop at the AOPA campus during EAA AirVenture. Photo by David Tulis. Textron Aviation displays the three-door Cessna SkyCourier 408 twin turboprop cargo or passenger aircraft at Boeing Plaza during EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, on July 26. Photo by David Tulis. A Curtiss P-40 Warhawk fighter wears snarling jaguar nose paint in the warbirds area during EAA AirVenture July 27. Photo by David Tulis. EAA AirVenture attendees gather around the AOPA Sweepstakes Grumman Tiger. Photo by David Tulis. Hundreds of campers set up at EAA Camp Scholler to attend EAA AirVenture. Photo by David Tulis.

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