EAA AirVenture night air show lights up the sky

OSHKOSH, Wis. (WBAY) -- All eyes were on the sky Wednesday night for the first of two popular night time air shows at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.

Night Air show

For thousands of people attending the week long event, planes lit up the sky using lots of special effects.

"It's a totally different look. The day show, you're watching all the activity and movement and things. At night it's just sort of magical," said Amy Camp of Iowa.

"I would guess from a pilot's standpoint, it's a little bit scarier because you can't see the ground as well. So yeah, there's a little bit of a nerve-wracking performance, for the pilot's I would think. So yeah, it adds a little more suspense," said John Garred of Iowa.

Among the stunts, one paid tribute to Charles Lindbergh's most famous flight and another, the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid.

The night performance is something that's been expanded over the years.

"We tried it first in 2010, didn't know how it would work out. Well, 25,000 people showed up so we figured we had something going," said Dick Knapinski, EAA spokesman.

For many, the night show is an experience that's hard to find elsewhere.

"It's night, it's dark. The airplanes are lit up with all the lights they can. Pyrotechnics, fireworks, it's just awesome at night. It's a big fireworks show at the end. They have a huge fireworks display, it's awesome," said Dewayne Butler of Louisiana.

The second night air show will be on Saturday starting around 8 p.m.