EAA’s AirVenture 2021 = EAA AirVenture 2020 (Plus One) And Then Some

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P-51 Mustang at a past AirVenture

EAA’s AirVenture 2021 = EAA AirVenture 2020 (Plus One) And Then Some

The AirVenture 2020 aviation celebration in Oshkosh, Wisconsin was forced to be cancelled over health concerns associated with the Covid 19 crisis. There were a number of milestones which would have been celebrated during last year’s gathering.

There will be a 2021 AirVenture, and many of those 2020 milestones will be brought forward and celebrated this year. In fact, many news releases for this year’s AirVenture include anniversaries with a “(Plus One)” distinction.

Here’s a quick look at some of the celebrations and anniversary themes that will be presented during the 2021 EAA AirVenture at Oshkosh. The (Plus One) indicates that 2020 is the real anniversary year… either from the EAA’s media releases or by this editor.

Please note that these are planned events and performers, and their appearances aren’t guaranteed. The photos contained within this article may not be the exact performers either, but representative of those noted in media releases.

Beech Model 17 Staggerwing

CIVILIAN AIRCRAFT MILESTONES and ANNIVERSARIES:

Taylorcraft 75th anniversary (Plus One)
Ercoupe 80th anniversary (Plus One)
Aeronca Chief 75th anniversary (Plus One)
Cessna 120/140 75th anniversary
Globe Swift 75th anniversary
Howard Aircraft
Cessna 195
Cessna 180/185
Twin Bonanzas
Comanche Aircraft
Beech Staggerwings
North American/Ryan Navion 75th anniversary
Stinsons, commemorating their 100th anniversary (Plus One)
70th anniversary of the Piper PA-22 Tri-Pacer family, to be joined by other Short Wing Pipers such as the iconic Vagabond, Clipper, Pacer, and Colt.

The Goodyear Blimp “Wingfoot One” at AirVenture six years ago

The Goodyear Blimp “Wingfoot Three” will appear fifty years after an initial visit by a Goodyear blimp… the Goodyear Blimp “America”… at Oshkosh in 1971

An AirCam on approach to Oshkosh

HOMEBUILT ANNIVERSARIES:

Pitts Special 75th (Plus One) anniversary
Bakeng Duce 50th (Plus One) anniversary
Skybolt 50th (Plus One) anniversary
Sonerai 50th anniversary
AirCam 25th (Plus One) anniversary
RV-8 25th (Plus One) anniversary
RV-7 20th anniversary

The EAA’s Boeing B-17 “Aluminum Overcast” during a past AirVenture air show at Oshkosh, Wisconsin

75 YEARS (PLUS ONE) SINCE THE END OF WORLD WAR II:

With displays of various warbirds from the beginning of the conflict through the end of the war, seven years later.

An EC-130J Commando Solo Special Operations aircraft

USAF SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND AIRCRAFT DISPLAY WITH PLANNED PARTICIPATION OF:

AC-130J Ghostrider
MC-130J Commando II
EC-130J Commando Solo
CV-22 Osprey
U-28A Draco
C-145A Combat Coyote
C-146A Wolfhound
MQ-9 Reaper
MC-12W Liberty

A HUGE ASSORTMENT OF CIVILIAN AEROBATIC PERFORMERS, INCLUDING:

Airythmia (Paramotors)
Melanie Astles (Extra 330SC)
Eric Tucker (Piper J-3 Cub)
Philipp Steinback (Gamebird GB1)
Jeff Shetterly (SNJ-6 Radial Rumble)
Joe Shetterly (RV-8)
Justin Lewis (FLS Microjet)
Jerry Kerby (T-28 Trojan)
Erik Edgren (T-Clips) (Taylorcraft)
AeroShell Aerobatic Team (T-6)
Vicky Benzing (Stearman)
Jeff Boerboon (Yak-110 jet-assisted twin)
Wild Blue Rodeo (SubSonex JSX-2)
Kirby Chambliss, Aaron Fitzgerald and the Red Bull Air Force
Kevin Coleman (Extra 300 SHP)
Kyle Fowler (Rutan Long-EZ)
Kyle Franklin Comedy Act (Piper Super Cub)
Mike Goulian (Extra 330C)
Nathan Hammond (Super Chipmunk)
Rob Holland (MX-2)
Dell Coller (RAD Aerosports Jet Waco)
David Martin (Beechcraft Baron)
Jim Peitz (Beechcraft 33C Bonanza)
Red Line Air Shows (RV-8)
Gene Soucy (Grumman Showcat)
Bill Stein (Zivko Edge 540)
Skip Stewart (Pitts S2S Prometheus)
Patty Wagstaff (Extra 330LX)
Geico Skytypers (SNJ)
Matt Younkin (Twin Beech 18)

The week-long AirVenture has many more features besides these flying and static display aircraft and flying performers. The huge gathering of all-things-aviation will be held from July 26th through August 1st, 2021. That’s just less than a month away!

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Ken Kula

Assignment and Content Editor, writer and photographer A New Englander all of my life, I've lived in New Hampshire since 1981. My passion for all things aviation began at a very early age, and I coupled this with my interest of photography during college in the late 1970s. I spent 32 years in the air traffic control industry, and concurrently, enjoyed my aviation photography and writing adventures, which continue today. I've been quite fortunate to have been mentored by some generous and gifted individuals. I enjoy contributing to this great site, and working with some very knowledgeable and equally passionate aviation followers.

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