Manned drone featured at EAA AirVenture

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OSHKOSH, Wis. (WBAY) -- Hundreds of spectators enjoyed a beautiful first day of the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.

Manned Drone

"Tremendous crowds coming already, both aircraft and drive in for camping so we're off to a really good start," said Dick Knapinski, EAA.

Those visiting Oshkosh this week are in for a treat as history will be made.

"Tuesday's air show will be the first time we will have two flying B-29s in 50 years, anywhere in the world. Apollo astronauts later on in the week, the Blue Angels later on in the week," said Knapinski.

AirVenture isn't just about the performances, but innovated aircraft in development are also a huge attraction.

Ohio based company, workhorse is displaying Surefly; basically a manned drone.

Still in development, the two passenger 'octocopter' can travel about 70 miles at a time.

"It flies like a helicopter, but it's much easier to pilot. It can fly autonomously or it can fly simply by holding a joystick," said Patrick Conners of Workhorse.

Workhorse claims the Surefly is reinventing the helicopter.

"I think it's really cool. It's pretty revolutionary. If you could get this out to a lot of people I think it would be really cool and really innovative," Maxim Dolezal of Omaha Nebraska.

Once approved by the FAA, Surefly will cost about $200,000.

Developers hope to have it flying by 2019.