Wrapping It All Up

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Tough as it was to live up to last year's spectacular lineup, opening day at EAA AirVenture this year was the biggest ever, EAA spokesman Dick Knapinski told AVweb on Saturday, with the Beach Boys and the B-1 bomber helping to draw that crowd. This year's show also had huge breaking news announcements, with the Eclipse certification, the unveiling of two new Cessna piston airplanes, and the Honda decision to move into jet production and partner with Piper Aircraft. "We had more news conferences than ever, almost 50," Knapinski said. What's in the works for next year? "It's the 60th anniversary of the Air Force, so we may see a lot of great Air Force planes out there next year," Knapinski said. Also, two airplanes that couldn't make it this year due to engine problems will try again -- the Constellation, Star of America, and the Commemorative Air Force B-29. And, Knapinski said, the industry is sure to have plenty of new developments and a few surprises to unveil by then. For more from our interview with Knapinski, go to AVweb's audio news.