TOP AIRSHOW AND AEROBATIC PERFORMERS TO DAZZLE VISITORS
Some of the airshow Performers and the planes they fly:
AeroShell Team 4 T-6s;
Aerostars 3 Yak 52s;
Matt Chapman CAP 231;
Chandy Clanton Edge 540;
Collaborators Modified Pitts, Edge 540, 2 Extras;
Bob Davis Sukhoi;
Kyle Franklin Waco;
Mike Goulian Extra;
Iron Eagles 2 Christen Eagles;
Greg Poe MX-2;
Gene Soucy Showcat;
Nikolay Timofeev Sukhoi;
Sean Tucker Modified Pitts;
Patty Wagstaff Extra;
Mike Wiskus Pitts;
Matt Younkin Twin Beech;
FORD MOTOR COMPANY AND ECLIPSE AVIATION BRING FLY-IN THEATER BACK
The outdoor theater, located adjacent to EAA’s Camp
Scholler camping area, will be open each evening (weather
permitting) from Sunday, July 27 through Saturday, August 2.
The walk-in theater is reminiscent of the famous drive-in theaters of the past, complete with open-air seating and popcorn! There is no admission charge for the theater, which is open to all AirVenture guests. Each evening’s show begins at approximately 8:30 p.m., with an introduction by a celebrity presenter, followed by a classic aviation film, shown on a projection screen measuring five stories high.
VIRGIN GALACTIC TO EXHIBIT
Virgin Galactic confirmed that they will host a significant exhibit at EAA AirVenture 2008, located adjacent to the event’s AeroShell Square showcase area. That exhibit will include the large, detailed models unveiled during the Virgin Galactic’s announcement earlier this month, as well as several presentations by the Virgin Galactic team. The display builds on the excitement of civilian space travel that Virgin Galactic first announced during SpaceShipOne’s visit to Oshkosh in 2005.
LOCKHEED F-22 ‘RAPTORS’ RETURN FOR DAZZLING AERIAL DISPLAYS
The Lockheed F-22 “Raptor,” one of the world’s most advanced military jets, will return and fly during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008, “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration,” this year at Oshkosh, Wis. Two of the airplanes will arrive at Wittman Regional Airport with an aerial performance on July 31 and at least one aircraft will fly an aerial demonstration each afternoon on Friday through Sunday, August 1-3.
ADVANCE TICKETING NOW ONLINE
Admission to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is now just a click away with a new advance ticketing system available at www.airventure.org. The advance purchase system allows EAA member- and non-member-priced tickets to be pre-purchased via a secure website. Both daily and weekly admissions are available, as is the ability to join EAA to receive the best-possible admission prices. Discounts are also available for tickets purchased online prior to June 15.
RED BULL AEROBATIC HELICOPTER MAKING FIRST VISIT
The only aerobatic helicopter performing in North America, which will fly at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008. “The Red Bull Helicopter is certainly one of most innovative air show acts to emerge in recent years, and we’re very eager to welcome it to Oshkosh this summer.” said Tom Poberezny, EAA president and AirVenture chairman.
Red Bull’s BO-105 CBS helicopter, a stock Eurocopter/ Messerschmitt Boelkow Blohm, is flown by Chuck Aaron, who holds the distinction as the only pilot licensed in the United States to fly aerobatics in a helicopter. His performances feature aerobatic maneuvers achieved previously only in fixed-wing aircraft, including loops and rolls, but also nearly the entire regimen of maneuvers reserved for fixed-wing aircraft. Among those are the Split-S, Immelman, Half Cuban Eight, and even the challenging Lomcevak, slightly modified by Aaron for the helicopter.
GOODYEAR BLIMP RETURNING
The “Spirit of Goodyear” airship will again be on-site through- out the week and will be flying regularly during the festivities. In addition, it will be moored near the EAA AirVenture Museum’s Pioneer Airport for up-close viewing at other times, giving visitors a unique view of an aircraft that is commonly seen only from afar.
EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH RECOGNIZES FEMALE AVIATORS AT ‘ WOMENVENTURE 2008’
What could easily be the largest gathering of women pilots in history is just one of the highlights of the inaugural “WomenVenture 2008” activities taking place at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008.
WomenVenture 2008 was developed through a partnership between EAA and Women in Aviation, International, and was officially announced at the WAI convention in San Diego, Calif., this morning under the theme “Elevate Your Life.” The program is designed to recognize and encourage women aviators, who are less than 10 percent of the nation’s pilot population. There will be programs and activities throughout the week for longtime women pilots, those women interested in learning to fly and encouraging girls to explore the worlds of flight and the sciences.
NEMESIS NXT ATTEMPTING WORLD SPEED RECORD
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 attendees will be running with a fast crowd this year, including a world-record speed attempt by longtime EAA member Jon Sharp and his “NemesisNXT” aircraft.
Sharp, who set speed records at Oshkosh during the 1990s in his original Nemesis aircraft, will be making his first three- kilometer speed record attempt in the NemesisNXT this summer in what he calls the “NemesisNXT Speed Blast.” The current record for this aircraft classification [Class C-1(b)], as designated by the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI), is 331 miles per hour, set in 1989 in a Questair Venture flown by Richard Gitter. According to FAI rules, a record attempt must show a minimum one percent increase to be valid, so Sharp is aiming for at least 334.31 mph at Oshkosh.
DISCOVER ECONOMICAL FLYING SOLUTIONS AT THE ‘AFFORDABLE FLYING CENTER’
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 will be addressing one of the biggest hurdles facing many pilots (and would-be pilots): How to keep the passion for flying within a reasonable budget. During the 56th annual edition of EAA AirVenture, some of the answers will be available at the new “Affordable Flying Center.”
This new area, located in the former NASA Pavilion adjacent to AirVenture’s Honda Forums Plaza, homebuilt aircraft commercial exhibits and the workshops area, will bring together in one place much of the knowledge and information available throughout the AirVenture grounds.
NANCHANG CJ-6 AIRCRAFT TO CELEBRATE 50TH ANNIVERSARY
One of the longest-produced aircraft models in history, the Nanchang CJ-6, will have its 50th anniversary celebrated during EAA AirVenture. “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration,” is annually one of the world’s largest gatherings of warbird aircraft.
The RedStar Pilot’s Association, the owners’ group for these Chinese-built military trainer aircraft, is organizing the Oshkosh activities in honor of the golden anniversary with cooperation of the EAA Warbirds of America. One of the highlights will be a 50-airplane formation during the warbird segment of the EAA AirVenture afternoon air show on Wednesday, July 30.
NASA ADMINISTRATOR TO PARTICIPATE
NASA Administrator Michael Griffin has confirmed that he will participate at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Griffin’s participation will be part of the activities commemorating NASA’s 50th anniversary.
Griffin has served as NASA Administrator since 2005 and will be making his first visit to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in that role. Griffin, who holds a flight instructor certificate with instrument and multiengine ratings, also has a long career in space sciences and education.
ONE-OF-A-KIND RESTORED BOEING 40 TO ATTEND
Participants at EAA AirVenture 2008 will have the opportunity to view an airplane that has been resurrected after 80 years, and an aircraft model that has not graced the sky for 65 years, when a fully restored Boeing 40C arrives at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh this summer.
Addison Pemberton of Spokane, Wash., restored the aircraft that had been lost in an accident in October 1928, using parts from that airplane and another obtained from Alaska. The restored airplane made its maiden flight in February 2008 and is now being prepared for the 1,400-mile trip to Oshkosh. It is the only flying Boeing Model 40 in the world.
EXPANDED COMPLIMENTARY WI-FI ACCESS FOR CAMPERS
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is supplying one of most- requested items for campers at its event with an expansion of wireless Internet access this summer. Wi-Fi access will be available in many areas of the North 40 aircraft camping area, the drive-in Camp Scholler campground, and in the vintage aircraft and ultralight camping areas. This access is provided free of charge to EAA members and their guests in those campgrounds. Signal strength may vary because of computer type and setup, weather conditions and other factors.
EAA AIRVENTURE TO FINISH HIGH-FLYING OPENING DAY WITH FOREIGNER CONCERT ON JULY 28
After a full opening day of flying on Monday, July 28, AeroShell Square will feel the power of more than aircraft, as the legendary band Foreigner takes the stage that evening, compliments of the Ford Motor Company. The performance, free of charge to all AirVenture guests that day, will be held at 6-8 p.m. adjacent to the Ford Motor Company Hangar on AeroShell Square.
Foreigner is known the world over and has attracted multiple generations of fans. Led by the band’s co- founder, guitarist Mick Jones, Foreigner has sold more than 70 million albums and played at venues around the world.
“Over the past decade, Ford has been proud to be a part EAA AirVenture, The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration,” said Kevin Keling, Ford’s manager of global auto shows and events. “We’re very happy to help support EAA, all EAA members and this great event through a variety of ways, including bringing top entertainment such as Foreigner to aviation’s annual family reunion.”
Foreigner is known for its mix of blues, rock and pop that left an indelible mark on music history. Among its best- known hits are rock classics such as “Cold As Ice,” “Hot Blooded,” and “Urgent,” as well as its international No. 1 hits “I Want to Know What Love Is” and “Waiting For A Girl Like You.”