Thursday, July 7, 2011


Premier features, air shows, and concerts highlight Friday through Sunday, July 29-31

      EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. — (July 7, 2011) — From sunrise to well past sundown, airplanes, fireworks, and entertainment will make for a spectacular finale during the closing three days of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011. “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” will be held July 25-31 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.

      Among the weekend highlights at Oshkosh is the first public showcase anywhere in the world of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner on Friday, July 29, and an action-packed Super Saturday presented by Southwest Airlines on Saturday, July 30, which will feature the widely popular Rockwell Collins Night Air Show and Daher-Socata Fireworks preceded by country star Aaron Tippin in a concert presented by FedEx.

      As part of a special “Salute to Veterans” reunion day with the Disabled American Veterans on July 29, all veterans and active military personnel in attendance are invited to participate in a veterans’ parade beginning at 2 p.m. and concluding with special recognition on ConocoPhillips Plaza. Back for an encore performance, actor and veterans advocate Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band close the day with an evening concert that is expected to again draw thousands to Theater in the Woods as it did in 2010.

      Also featured will be the largest collection of flying naval aircraft spanning all eras ever assembled in one location as part of the week-long Centennial of Naval Aviation celebration, special appearances by aviation icons Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager and Burt Rutan, “Warbirds Extravaganza” afternoon air shows featuring pyrotechnics on July 29-30, the “WomenVenture” recognition to women pilots on July 29, a mass hot air balloon launch on the early morning of July 30, nightly movies at the Fly-In Theater presented by Ford Motor Company, and much more included with regular AirVenture admission rates.

      “There is so much going on throughout each day of AirVenture that it’s almost impossible to say one day is the best one to be at Oshkosh,” said Tom Poberezny, EAA and AirVenture chairman. “From all the flying activities and musical entertainment to the epic appearance of the Boeing 787 on Friday, July 29, the excitement and activities are nonstop right through the final hour of the event.”

      Additionally, the final day of AirVenture – Sunday, July 31 – is Family Day, where all young people ages 18 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.

      Highlights of the weekend’s schedule include (schedule subject to change without notice):

Friday, July 29 – Salute to Veterans
      • WomenVenture women pilots group photo, ConocoPhillips Plaza, 10:30 a.m.
      • “Salute to Veterans” parade and group photo, Scotts Warbirds Alley to ConocoPhillips Plaza, 2 p.m.
      • “Warbirds Extravaganza” expanded afternoon air show with pyrotechnics, 3 p.m.
      • Gary Sinise and Lt. Dan Band in concert, presented by EAA, EAA Warbirds of America, and Disabled American Veterans, Theater in the Woods, 8 p.m.

Saturday, July 30 – Super Saturday presented by Southwest Airlines
      • Mass hot air balloon launch, Ultralight area, 6 a.m.
      • “Warbirds Extravaganza” expanded afternoon air show with pyrotechnics, 3 p.m.
      • Aaron Tippin in concert, presented by FedEx, Theater in the Woods, 6:30 p.m.
      • Rockwell Collins Night Air Show and Daher-Socata Fireworks, approx. 8:45 p.m.

Sunday, July 31 – Family Day (children age 18 and under admitted free with paying adult)
      • Closing air show, 2 p.m.
      • World’s Greatest Aircraft Departure Show, approx. 4:30 p.m.

      Daily admission for non-members is $37 for adults and $30 for veterans and active military personnel. Admission for children ages 6-18 is $20 (free on Sunday, July 31, when accompanied by paying adult), and children age 5 and under are admitted free throughout AirVenture.

      EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH is The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration and EAA’s yearly membership convention. Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket and camping purchase, is available online at EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit Immediate news is available at

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