EAA AirVenture attendance up five percent

EAA AirVenture logo with sky writing

OSHKOSH, Wis. (WBAY) - Attendance was up at 2017's EAA AirVenture.

Attendance was about 590,000, up five percent from 2016. The annual aviation celebration at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh was held July 21-30.

EAA Chairman Jack Pelton says events like the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, the Apollo reunion, the B-29s, and beautiful weather combined for an "excellent week."

"The aviators and enthusiasts who attended were engaged, eager, and passionate, demonstrating how Oshkosh is the best example of why general aviation is so vitally important to the country. I believe it’s the best AirVenture week that I’ve ever seen," Pelton says.

Other facts and figures:

Total aircraft: More than 10,000
Showplanes: 2,991 (up five percent from 2016)
Guests: 2,527 visitors (record) from 80 nations (ties a record)
Top countries: Canada (583); Australia (346); South Africa (204)
Camping 11,600 sites
Media: 906 media reps from six continents

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