No Place Like Oshkosh


It’s about that time again… EAA AirVenture, 2018! I’m so ready for everything “Oshkosh!” This will be my sixth year attending and by many standards, that still makes me a rookie. There’s still so much I’m sure I haven’t seen or done so my planning begins now… almost 50 days out. Some people plan a year in advance so I might even be behind at 50 days. I’ve learned most people plan according to who they want to see perform or forums and workshops they want to attend. This year, I’m hoping to do the same. On my list: The One Week Wonder, the Seaplane Base, and of course, the fabulous airshows that are put on daily!

Working with the One Week Wonder project is going to an experience I soon won’t forget. Four years ago, EAA, with the help of 2,500 members and attendees, built a Zenith CH 750 Cruzer in a week. You were able to help build this aircraft and then sign your name next to the part you built. In my case, I signed my name next to the rivet I pulled. I know, I know… it was just a rivet, but I did it with such flair. I’m sure Rosie would be quite jealous! Just like before, this next airplane, a Van’s RV-12iS, will be built and able to fly at the end of the week. If you get a chance, stop by and see what you can build!

I wish I could tell you more about the seaplane base, but you truly just have to experience it. Nestled within the trees is a secret oasis in a hidden cove. Most take a shuttle bus to and from the location as it is located away from the main grounds of AirVenture. There, you can take a peaceful ride in a pontoon around the basin to get closer to the planes and it makes for some gorgeous photos! Sit along the shore and just relax as the seaplanes come and go. It’s just a tranquil and charming escape waiting on you along the shore of Lake Winnebago.

Last, but not least are the daily airshows. Performers from all over the county come to Oshkosh to show off their skills for the 500,000+ people in attendance. Aerobatics, military, civilian, and of course, the night shows offer the crowd just a small sampling of what can be seen! From Bill Stein and Matt Chapman to Gene Soucy and Matt Younkin, fireworks, explosions, gasoline, and dynamite, you won’t be disappointed! Don’t miss the Aeroshell Aerobatic Teams day and night shows… They light up the sky flying their North American AT-6 Texans in thrilling formations! And be sure to always be looking up for skywriters… you never know what you might see!

Oshkosh truly offers something for everyone! Don’t miss out on the non-stop entertainment as Wittman Regional Airport becomes the “Busiest Airport in the World” for one week. And find me… I would love to meet you! Because in the end, you’ll always come back for the friends you’ve made and the people you have met… there truly is no place like Oshkosh.

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