Quick Look – EAA AirVenture 2021 First Look
Here’s our first report from the EAA’s AirVenture 2021, in the form of photos. After a year off due to the COVID19 crisis, early estimates point to a resumption of the same levels of attendance seen at 2019, with just a few differences.
Some areas of participation were up significantly, like the Antique/Classic aircraft participation which was double from previous high marks in years past.
Some 18,040 air operations were recorded by the control tower through the Thursday of the show, about the same as in 2019.
There was a noticeably larger than normal military presence in 2021. The Air Force’s Special Operations community was well represented though a number of seldom-seen aircraft and aircrew participation.
There’ll be more in-depth coverage here in the few weeks. Air Force and Navy fighter demonstration teams, plus Army, Air National Guard and Army National Guard units all supplied aircraft which were displayed on the ground and in the air.
A focus on humanitarian air and missionary work was another large theme this year. The Orbis DC-10 flying eye hospital and Samaritan’s Purse DC-8-72 were on the larger end of a number of aircraft used in aid and missionary work that were present at AirVenture.
Cessna, Kodiak, Helio and even a Robinson R-44 aircraft are key players in disaster relief, medical transport/evac and preaching.
Here is a first look at some of the sights our team viewed at the 2021 AirVenture Oshkosh, watch for some in-depth coverage of some of the larger themes in the next few weeks here and at our sister magazines: Photorecon.net , ClassicWarbirds.net and CivilAviationWorld.com