Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Massive Airbus A380 coming to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh


Attendees will get 'up close and personal' for the first time in North
America EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. - (April 15, 2009) - With the
announcement today that the Airbus A380 is coming to EAA AirVenture
Oshkosh 2009, EAA reinforced the reputation of its annual fly-in as a
one-of-a-kind showcase of aviation's innovations, unique
accomplishments, and wide-ranging interests. For the first time in North
America, AirVenture will provide the opportunity for the global aviation
community and the public to admire the world's largest passenger
airliner on static display and in flight.

The A380 will arrive and perform a flight demonstration to kick
off the Tuesday, July 28 air show. After commanding the stage through
the remainder of the week on AeroShell Square, AirVenture's main
aircraft showcase area, it will open the air show again on Friday, July
31 with a flight demonstration before its departure.

"I'm pleased that Airbus chose EAA AirVenture Oshkosh as its
first occasion in North America to provide an up-close and personal look
at the A380," said Tom Poberezny, EAA president and AirVenture chairman.
"The aircraft will stand out among the impressive lineup of features and
attractions coming this year. The A380 represents an amazing feat of
aircraft design, engineering, and construction ... and it will hold the
distinction of being the largest passenger aircraft ever to have filled
our sky and rolled onto our ramp," he said.

"The Airbus team is very grateful to EAA for hosting the A380
this summer," said Airbus Americas Chairman T. Allan McArtor. "We have
been looking forward to bringing the aircraft to AirVenture, where the
innovative accomplishments of global aviation take the spotlight. It
makes perfect sense for the A380 to be featured at Oshkosh - not only
because it is the largest passenger aircraft in history, but also
because the remarkable A380 would not have been possible without the
considerable support of our airline- and supplier-partners from around
the world who worked with us over many years to make the aircraft a

The A380's visit marks the second time this decade that Airbus
has brought a crowd-pleasing aircraft to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. In
2003, the Airbus A300-600ST (known as the "Beluga") made an appearance
in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers' first flight.

"AirVenture Oshkosh celebrates aviation's pioneering spirit and
the various demonstrations of that spirit, large and small. With the
A380 coming, I'd say we have the 'large' base covered this year,"
Poberezny said.

EAA and Airbus are making plans for Airbus officials to tell
their story at AirVenture. Announcements of details will follow.
Additionally, Airbus hosts will be on hand with the A380 as it stands on
AeroShell Square.

EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH is The World's Greatest Aviation
Celebration and EAA's yearly membership convention. This year's event
takes place July 27 - August 2. EAA members receive lowest prices on
admission rates. Additional EAA AirVenture Oshkosh information -
including the convenience and savings of advance online admission
purchase - is also available at For more information
on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit

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