The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration takes to the skies with excitement and thrills throughout the weeklong event. The family friendly event is held in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, at Wittman Regional Airport, and EAA hosts a variety of activities, both on the ground and in the air.
Many of these events depend on favorable weather conditions. Details -- including dates, times and performers -- are subject to change with little or no notice.
At 6 o'clock the night before the start of the EAA Convention, the EAA will celebrate the life of founder Paul Poberezny, who died last August. The ceremony takes place at the EAA Memorial Wall, led by EAA chaplain Pastor Ed Riddick with remarks by EAA Chairman Jack Pelton. The 30-minute ceremony features P-51 Mustangs led by the EAA's B-17 in missing man formation. Open to all EAA members. Standing room only.
The 1927 silent film classic will be shown at the Ford Fly-in Theater at 8:30 PM. Winner of the first Academy Award for Best Picture, "Wings" is about two World War I pilots in love with the same woman (Clara Bow). With introduction by Kees Van Berkel of the Great War Flying Museum.
July 27 - August 3
Fly over the AirVenture grounds in a Bell 47 helicopter, the same kind of helicopter seen in the opening of every episode of M*A*S*H. Tickets are $49 per person, walk-ups only, available at the Pioneer Airports Pitcairn Hangar (behind the EAA AirVenture Museum). Click here for details.
July 28 - August 2
Fellowship of the Wing
A guest speaker and coffee every morning from 7:15 to 7:45 at the Fergus Chapel.
Flight demonstrations twice daily from 7:00 - 9:00 A.M. and 7:30 - 8:00 P.M. at the Ultralight Runway.
Ultralights and Light Planes
Flight demonstrations twice daily, from 9:00 - 11:30 A.M. and 6:30 - 7:30 P.M. on the Ultralight Runway.
Daily flight demonstrations of gyroplanes and homemade helicopters, from 11:30 A.M. - 2:30 P.M. on the grass Ultralight Runway.
Singer and WWII-reenactor Teresa Eaman returns to Warbird Alley to deliver 1940s-style tunes like "I'll Be Seeing You" and "When You Wish Upon a Star." 15-minute performances twice daily, at 9:45 A.M. and 12:45 P.M.
July 28 - August 3
EAA AirVenture's biggest attraction is, of course, its air shows, taking place every afternoon from 2:30 to 6 P.M. (1:00 - 4:30 P.M. on Sunday, August 3). Some of the world's best aerobatic pilots like to show off for their aviation-savvy peers. You'll also see Warbirds and other vintage aircraft, and August 1-3 the world-famous USAF Thunderbirds make their EAA AirVenture debut!
This year also features TWO night-time air shows with dazzling special effects, on Wednesday and Saturday from 8:00 to 10:00 P.M.
Take flight in a restored B-17G Flying Fortress, one of only 13 in the world still flying. It's the EAA's own "Aluminum Overcast." Stand in the footsteps of a World War II bombardier, navigator and waist gunner. Tickets for EAA members are $409 in advance, $435 walk-up; for non-members, $449 in advance, $475 walk-up. Flights are booked sequentially. Click here for flight times and tickets.
Ford Tri-Motor flights from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. daily take you back in time to when passenger flights were a true luxury. Tickets are $70 for adults in advance ($75 walk-up), $50 for children 17 & under. Click here for details and reservations.
Private helicopter flights are offered from 9:00 A.M. to 3:20 P.M. daily. This 30-minute flight for two aboard a Schweizer 333 turbine helicopter includes an aerial tour of AirVenture and the nearby sea plane base and the Lake Winnebago shore, with a keepsake photo. Flights are $740 for two (no single reservations). Click here for details and reservations.
Monday, July 28
Air show attractions: Paul Poberezny Tribute, Rob Holland, Justin Lewis, Mike Wiskus, Roger Buis, Bill Stein, Kyle Franklin, Aeroshell, Matt Chapman, T-6 Texan II Demo, Valdez STOL Round I. NASA WB-57 and Fairey Gannet arrivals.
The EAA family shares stories about founder Paul Poberezny, who passed away last year at age 91. Hosted by EAA Young Eagles Chairman Sean D. Tucker in the Theater in the Woods, 8:00 - 8:45 P.M.
Kenny Loggins & Blue Sky Riders
Get footloose, as Kenny Loggins headlines the opening night concert at Boeing Plaza. Loggins introduces his new band, Blue Sky Riders, with Georgia Middleman and Gary Burr. The concert immediately follows the air show, 6:00 - 8:30 P.M. Admission is free for Monday's AirVenture attendees.
Astronauts Joe Engle and Charlie Precourt introduce the Sandra Bullock film, winner of 7 Academy Awards, at Ford Fly-in Theater at 8:30 P.M.
Tuesday, July 29
Air show attractions: Paul Poberezny Tribute, Young Eagles, Sean D. Tucker, Gene Soucy, David Martin, Bob Carlton, The 4ce, Jerry "Jive" Kerby, Nicolas Ivanoff, Matt Younkin, Skip Stewart, Greg Koontz, Trojan Horseman, Warbirds of America, Valdez STOL Round II
Able Flight Wings Ceremony
The EAA hosts a pinning ceremony for students of Able Flight, a scholarship program teaching people with physical disabilities how to fly. 10:00 A.M. at Boeing Plaza.
Deuces Wild! Dueling Pianos
Deuces Wild! brings their Las Vegas-style music and comedy act back to EAA AirVenture from 7:00 to 9:30 P.M. at Boeing Plaza. Their musical range covers rap to country, pop to classic rock, with a dose of parody and audience participation. Deuces Wild! stars David Eichholz and Ted Manderfeld, with Maria Herman warming up the crowd.
"Star Trek Into Darkness"
EAA Chairman Jack Pelton, Edsel Ford, and executive producer David Ellison present the second film in the highly successful "Star Trek" reboot at 8:30 P.M. at Ford Fly-in Theater. Kirk, Spock and the crew of the Enterprise uncover a new threat to Star Fleet that comes from within. Ellison will also preview his new film, "The Invisible Highway."
Wednesday, July 30
Afternoon air show attractions: Paul Poberezny Tribute, Mike Goulian, Breezy 50th Anniversary, Kent Pietsch, Patty Wagstaff, Warbirds of America, GEICO Skytypers, Nicolas Ivanoff, Rich Alldredge and the Gee Bee QED, Jim Pietz, Matt Chapman featuring the AMA, Justin Lewis, Mike Wiskus, T-6 Texan II demo, Chuck Aaron, Tinstix
Night-time Air Show
The first of two night-time air shows, from 8:00 - 10:00 P.M. The jets aren't making the only sonic booms you'll hear at AirVenture! Features and performers include: Paul Poberezny Tribute, The 4ce, Bob Carlton, Kent Pietsch, Valdez STOL finals round, Aeroshell, Breezy 50th anniversary, Smoke & Thunder Jet Car, Steve Oliver, Gene Soucy, Matt Younkin, Roger Buis, and fireworks followed by the Wall of Fire.
The Mantz Brothers & Sandra Lynn
Wednesday's concert at Boeing Plaza immediately follows the afternoon air show. The Mantz Brothers start things off at 6 P.M. followed by singer Sandra Lynn at 7:30.
In 1992, Bob Cardin and his crew recovered a P-38 Lightning encased in 238 feet of ice in Greenland. Cardin talks about the recovery and restoration of the iconic aircraft at the Theater in the Woods from 7:00 - 8:00 P.M.
X-Prize 10th Anniversary
Erik Lindbergh, Charles Lindbergh's grandson, X-PRIZE board chairman Gregg Maryniak, and Spaceship Company vice president/GM Doug Shane talk about the anniversary of America's 2nd space race -- leading to privately-funded companies creating a tourism industry in space. Theater in the Woods, 8:00 - 8:45 P.M.
A documentary about an elite group of pilots who formed a private air militia in preparation for America's entry into World War I. "Millionaires Unit: America's Pioneer Pilots of the Great War" will be introduced by author Marc Wortman and filmmakers Darroch Greer and Ron King. 9:30 P.M. at the Ford Fly-in Theater.
Thursday, July 31
Air show attractions: Paul Poberezny Tribute, Suzanne Oliver, Gene Soucy and Theresa Stokes, Melissa and Rex Pemberton, KC Flight Team, Sean D. Tucker, Justin Lewis, Vintage Aircraft review, Kyle Franklin, David Martin, Matt Younkin, The 4ce, Chuck Aaron, Trojan Horseman, Texas Flying Legends, Warbirds of America
Boogie & The Yo-Yoz
The fun doesn't stop when the air show ends. Local rock favorites Boogie & The Yo-Yoz perform at Boeing Plaza immediately following the air show, from 6:00 - 8:30 P.M.
Ultralight Music Jam
When the sun goes down, the AirVenture grounds are jammin' at the Ultralight Forums Tent, from 8:00 - 10:00 P.M.
"Man of Steel"
Superman returned to the big screen in 2013, battling General Zod's plans to rebuild the planet Krypton on Earth. At the Ford Fly-in Theater at 8:30 P.M.
Premiere of the documentary about the plane "that taught America to fly." Designed to train pilots in World War I, Curtis JN-4 Jennys became widely used for air mail and barnstorming. 10 P.M. at the Theater in the Woods.
Friday, August 1
Air show attractions: Paul Poberezny Tribute, Warbirds of America, Team Aerostar, USMC MV-22 Osprey demo, Tin Stix, GEICO Skytypers, Matt Chapman featuring the AMA, Kent Pietsch, Aeroshell, Kirby Chambliss, Chuck Aaron, USAF Thunderbirds
Salute to Veterans
Friday's AirVenture is dedicated to retired and active duty military personnel to honor their service and sacrifice in defending freedom throughout the world.
Old Glory Honor Flight
About 100 veterans will depart Wittman Regional Airport for a one-day trip to Washington, DC, to see their war monuments. The flight departs around 6:30 A.M. AirVenture attendees are encouraged to cheer them upon their return at the conclusion of the air show. (Veterans who applied for and were chosen for this Yellow Ribbon Honor Flight were notified ahead of the event.)
Valdez STOL demonstration
The Valdez short take-off and landing aircraft is on display at AirVenture and can be seen in the air shows. The EAA says this event on the grassy Ultralight Runway from 6:30 - 8:00 P.M. will be a "fun flying" demonstration.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Nationally-renowned swing revival band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy wraps up a day focused on military veterans, hosted by EAA Warbirds of America and Disabled American Veterans. The concert at Boeing Plaza from 6:30 to 8:30 P.M. is free to all the day's AirVenture attendees.
EAA Rotorcraft Awards
The Experimental Aircraft Association celebrates the accomplishments of its members "across the wide spectrum of aviation interests that EAA encompasses." EAA awards for aircraft construction or restoration are among the most prestigious in the world. 6:00 - 6:30 at the Theater in the Woods.
The Thunderbirds Then and Now
Five generations of Thunderbirds pilots talk at the Theater in the Woods from 8:00 - 10:00 P.M. Debuting in May, 1953, the precision team has flown in front of more than 300 million people. This summer, more than 60 years later, they finally make their first air show appearance at AirVenture in Oshkosh.
"Pay Any Price"
It's May 11, 1944. A B-24 bomber crew is about to fly their last mission, supporting the build-up to the D-day invasion. Introduced by producer Craig Willan. 8:45 P.M. at Ford Fly-in Theater.
Following "Pay Any Price" is Guillermo del Toro's science-fiction action thriller about a pair of unlikely heroes who make mankind's last stand against gigantic monsters threatening to wipe out our species.
Saturday, August 2
Afternoon air show attractions: Paul Poberezny Tribute, Otto, Warbirds of America, Sean D. Tucker, Jim Pietz, Kirby Chambliss, Bob Carlton, USCG SAR Demo, Patty Wagstaff, USMC MV-22 Osprey demo, GEICO Skytypers, Mike Goulian, USAF Thunderbirds
Night-time Air Show
Pilots and fireworks will light up the skies in the second and final night-time air show at AirVenture 2014. Performers and features include: Kent Pietsch, Tinstix, Team Aerostar, Aeroshell, Smoke & Thunder, Jerry "Jive" Kerby, Steve Oliver, Gene Soucy, Matt Younkin, Roger Buis, and fireworks followed by the Wall of Fire.
An EAA Fly-In annual tradition, pilots fly out to Shawano Community Airport for the morning, leaving at 7:00 A.M. and returning at 12:00 P.M. Pilots are treated to a free breakfast. Get details at the Vintage Aircraft Association (VAA) Red Barn. You don't have to be in the VAA -- anyone with a plane can join!
Hot Air Balloon Launch
A mass hot air balloon launch is planned at 6:00 A.M. at the Ultralight Runway.
1964: The Tribute
The week's concert series at Boeing Plaza ends with the Beatles tribute band "1964: The Tribute" from 6:30 to 8:00 P.M. Focused on the years and the music when the Beatles were a touring group, Rolling Stones magazine calls them the best Beatles tribute band in the world.
Mission to Save Wounded Warriors
Treating soldiers wounded on the battlefield isn't like World War II or even Vietnam. Within an hour, many soldiers find themselves aboard an airborne Intensive Care Unit, complete with trauma doctor and critical care nurse, resulting in a 90% survival rate. Three members of a Critical Care Air Transport Team (CCATT) recently stationed in Afghanistan talk about their mission, from 6:30 to 8:00 P.M. at the Theater in the Woods.
Harrison Ford (no stranger to the EAA conventions) stars in this movie adaptation of a popular book, where children may hold the key to defending Earth against a genocidal alien species. Starts at 8:30 P.M. at Ford Fly-in Theater.
Sunday, August 3
Air show attractions (today's air show is 1:00 - 4:00 P.M.): Paul Poberezny Tribute, Roger Buis, Cirrus Jet demo, Greg Koontz, Glasair demo, Rotorcraft, USCG SAR demo, Team Aerostar, Scott Yoak, One Week Wonder, USAF Thunderbirds. Also, NASA WB-57, Royal Canadian Air Force and Warbird departures.
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