Planes touch down for week of aviation innovation in Oshkosh

Published: Jul. 22, 2018 at 10:25 PM CDT
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Planes touched down in Oshkosh on Sunday for the 66th annual EAA AirVenture fly-in convention.

Pilots and vendors are getting ready for a week of aviation innovation.

“A lot of people come on Sunday to get their camping spots, get their airplanes here, get parked, get ready for the show to begin,” said Jack Pelton, Chairmen and CEO of EAA AirVenture.

Some pilots are showing off their planes as part of the centennial anniversary of the Royal Air Force.

“It's a de Havilland Canada Chipmunk, the DHC-1 Chipmunk. They were designed in Canada in 1946. The design in a replacement for the Tiger Moth in the Royal Air Force. So, the UK actually produced exactly 1,000,” said Richard Wilsher, a pilot.

“It’s a 1970 British Air Corporation BAC Jet Provost Mk. 5. It's actually the first Mk. 5 ever built by the British Air Corps for the Royal Air Force,” said Russell Armstrong, a pilot.

It takes months of preparation and thousands of volunteers to put on the week-long event.

On Sunday, several volunteers were recognized for their hard work.

“It's defiantly an honor and humbling experience. It's been a fantastic opportunity for me; very, very grateful to have been involved with EAA for 25 years,” said Jacqueline Welch, who received the Dorthy Hilbert Award.

It’s given to a woman every year for her volunteerism with AirVenture.

“We have over 5,000 volunteers that come from all over the country. They come weeks in advance to mow the lawns, paint, set up, do whatever's necessary to have this event run successfully,” said Pelton.

For a full list of what’s happening this week at EAA AriVenture,