EAA AirVenture 2020 : Oshkosh – 20-26 July
Following on from the 2019 theme of “Year of the Fighter”- 2020 will see the aircraft and personnel of the “U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command” (AFSOC) being one of the highlighted programs at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2020.
AFSOC is comprised of highly trained, rapidly deployable Airmen, who conduct special operations missions worldwide. Airmen who undertake Special Operations careers specialize in unique skills such as parachuting, scuba diving, rappelling, motorcycling, survival skills, and more. Aircraft in the command include specialized mobility aircraft such as the MC-130, CV-22 and C-146, Close Air Support aircraft such as the AC-130 gunship, and Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft such as the MQ-9 and U-28.
A roster of the most legendary American military aircraft in history, from iconic World War II airplanes to today’s most sophisticated flying machines, will be flying and on display this summer at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2020.
The following information is from the 2019 show:
EAA’s activities are being planned in conjunction with the U.S. Air Force Air Combat Command, EAA Warbirds of America, and individual aircraft owners. The activities will take place throughout the week, with some special programs designated for particular days during AirVenture’s seven-day run.
Among the events involving past and present military aircraft are:
- Aircraft from the USAF Air Combat Command, including fighters such as the F-15, F-16, F-22, and F-35, as well as the A-10 attack aircraft;
- The first Oshkosh appearance of the unique XP-82 Twin Mustang, which has been under restoration in Georgia;
- A salute to World War II ace Bud Anderson, with every flying P-51 in the U.S. invited to Oshkosh to participate;
- A gathering of U.S. Navy fighter aircraft, including F4U Corsairs, the gullwing fighters that were a key asset in the Pacific Theater;
- Observance of the 75th anniversary of D-Day, with aircraft that participated in the actual invasion on June 6, 1944, as well as C-47 airplanes that will have just returned from a historic anniversary flight to France;
- U.S. Air Force Heritage Flights and U.S. Navy Legacy Flights involving historic and modern aircraft in formation, highlighting the legacy and evolution of military aircraft.
EAA is also celebrating 50 years ! EAA is marking the 50th consecutive year of its annual EAA AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in convention in Oshkosh in 2019 with a full schedule of activities for arriving aviators and residents of EAA’s hometown.
The EAA fly-in convention was first held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1953. In 1959, the event moved to Rockford, Illinois, where it was held annually through 1969 before coming to Oshkosh. EAA moved its permanent headquarters from the Milwaukee area to Oshkosh in 1983.
Aerial firefighting will be a major theme at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019 with support from the U.S. Forest Service and other aircraft operators and manufacturers.
“EAA is pleased to have the opportunity to showcase aerial firefighting and most importantly to give our attendees the opportunity to better understand this important aspect of aviation and salute those that make it happen,” said Rick Larsen, EAA vice president of communities and member programs, who also coordinates AirVenture features and attractions.
EAA will be working with the U.S. Forest Service and other entities to bring various firefighting aircraft to AirVenture to allow visitors to see them up close.
The 2018 show featured the USAF Reserve, celebrating its 70th anniversary and bringing its impressive fleet of military refueling aircraft as part of AirVenture’s “Year of the Tanker.”
The 66th annual Experimental Aircraft Association fly-in convention was on July 23-29 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Among this impressive showcase was the long serving KC-135, C-5 Super Galaxy, C-17 Globemaster, EA-18 Growler and friends. There were also a vast military showcase of other aircraft including the F-22, F-35, A-10 Thunderbolt, F-16, F-18 Super Hornet, F-15 Eagle, B1 Bomber and more – all which put on some seriously impressive flying displays!
In conjunction with the Air Force there were low level displays, aerobatic displays and mock battles featuring dozens of P-51 Mustangs, Spitfires, Bearcats, Hellcats, Tigercats, Corsairs, Yaks, B-25 Mitchells, B-17 Flying Fortress’, B-29 Super Fortress’ and post-war era jets from Shooting Stars, Sabres, Mig 15s and more…
This is one airshow you cannot afford to miss in your lifetime!
Packages include: return flights ex Auckland to Appleton (meals, movies, drinks & baggage incl), return airport to university transfers, 8 nights twin share air-con room accommodation at the University of Wisconsin in Oshkosh.
Package price $3,749 per person.
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