GlobalFlyer And SpaceShipOne At AirVenture...

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(This Year's) Truly Exceptional Aircraft At OSH

If you're in Oshkosh, Wis., on Tuesday, July 26, about 3 in the afternoon, you should be able to look into the sky and catch the approach of the long, lanky Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer, setting up for a fly-by in its first public appearance. EAA President Tom Poberezny and pilot Steve Fossett announced the event in a conference call with reporters on Tuesday. "We're very excited to have GlobalFlyer, SpaceShipOne, and White Knight all together at EAA AirVenture this year, making this one of our most significant conventions ever," Poberezny said. All three aircraft, which share the Scaled Composites birthplace (you may see "some" Long-EZs there, too -- another Rutan creation), are all about what EAA stands for -- a passion for innovation and home-building, he said. Fossett will fly the GlobalFlyer in nonstop from Salina, Kan., but so far no firm plans are in place for programs or events about his solo round-the-world trip. The airplane will remain on display at Aeroshell Square, in the center of the show, for at least several days, and may fly some flight demos. But if you can't wait -- or can't make it to Oshkosh -- a virtual 3-D tour of the airplane is available online right now.