23-29 July 2018, Ford Festival Park, Oshkosh
Located on the shores of Lake Winnebago in the state Wisconsin, Oshkosh is arguably the biggest Airshow in America – and anything in America is always big right!?
Only in Oshkosh can you walk among 10,000 aircraft of all shapes, sizes, colours, and configurations. From golden age pioneers to cutting-edge innovations, EAA AirVenture is where you can find just about anything that flies.
See upwards to 1,000 assorted jets, fighters, bombers, trainers, and other historic airplanes that played key roles in the 20th century’s world conflicts. Many of the warbirds have been restored beyond their original glory and outfitted in the colorful paint schemes they proudly displayed in combat.
At the center of the Warbirds area is Warbird Alley, a large display area that profiles several of the rare and unique warbirds from the World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War.
Highlights of EAA Airventure 2017
While the events schedule for next year’s show in 2018 is yet to be released, 2017 saw a number of highlights – including “Bomber Day”!
The year of the bomber at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh keeps getting better as a B-2 Spirit, a B-1 Lancer, and a B-52 Stratofortress came together in a composite flyover. This unique formation flyby at EAA AirVenture 2017 was the first of its kind at a civilian air show.
The B-1, B-2, and B-52 flew as part of the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the 8th Air Force on Saturday, July 29. The modern bombers were followed by two B-29s, two B-17s, several B-25s, and an A-20, plus more, in a parade of bombers. If 2017 was the year of the bomber, then Saturday was bomber day.
“AirVenture attendees are going to love the variety of bombers, both historic and modern, at Oshkosh this year,” said Dennis Dunbar, director of AirVenture air show operations. “Thanks to the unprecedented cooperation we received from the United States Air Force, Global Strike Command, and the 8th Air Force, this was made possible.”
The B-2 Spirit, also known as the Stealth Bomber, is unique due to its stealth configuration that makes it essentially undetectable by anti-aircraft defenses — no B-2 has ever been brought down by enemy fire since the bomber entered service in the 1990s.
The B-1 flew overhead to start the air show on Monday, July 24, to kick off bomber week, as well as on Wednesday, July 26, to honor the Doolittle Raiders after the Doolittle Raid reenactment.
The Doolittle Raid re-enactment took place on Wednesday, and featured more than a dozen B-25s to honour the Doolittle Raiders who flew the type 75 years earlier as part of an important aerial raid in World War II. Before the dramatic re-enactment, the B-25s were arranged in the Warbirds area as though they were on the deck of an aircraft carrier like the real Doolittle Raiders were on the USS Hornet.
The two B-29s also flew on Friday, to celebrate the airplane’s 75th anniversary and its storied history. Doc and FIFI flying together was the first time two B-29s have flown together in decades.
Fans of American bombers were thrilled about EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017, as dozens of the hulking warbirds were on hand throughout the week.
We’ll keep you updated with 2018 highlights as they are released – this will be one show you won’t want to miss!
We have an allotment of rooms at the University of Wisconsin Campus – 7km from the actual event grounds – exclusively for our packages.
From here, there are regular shuttle and bus services which can get you to and from the event. Rooms are twin share and include linen, towels, fridge and microwave. You also have the option of having air-conditioning rooms as well (highly reccomended during this time of the year).
7 night packages include: 7 nights air-conditioned room accommodation from $749 per person.
We can also book many other different standards of accommodation according to your budget and tastes too.