AirVenture 2005 -- This One Should Be Special...

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Whet Your Appetite For EAA's Big Show At OSH

EAA AirVenture's 53rd annual gathering is almost here, coming up July 25-31 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis., and it is shaping up to be a pretty amazing event. "This is a year that should not be missed," said EAA President Tom Poberezny, "not only because of the variety of aircraft, but also because in some cases these airplanes will never be together again anywhere, at any time." Among the highlights is a truly outstanding collection of show aircraft, including Scaled Composites' SpaceShipOne, its mothership White Knight, and GlobalFlyer, plus the first public flight demonstrations by the Eclipse 500 jet and the Cessna Mustang, and the debut of the HondaJet. At least nine vintage tri-motors will gather from around the world, including several Fords, a Junkers, and a Dornier amphibian, for a one-of-a-kind reunion. Then there's the warbirds. An array of rare World War II bombers will include a B-24 that hasn't been seen at Oshkosh in over 10 years, along with five B-17s and a few B-25s. EAA also said it is keeping admission fees the same as last year, and adding more activities for visitors. EAA members get discounts of up to 50 percent. If you'll be there the first two days, Monday or Tuesday, and you're a spectacular tailgater, the Food Network wants to hear from you. Their production staff is also looking for pilots flying in from the New York City area or Philadelphia who would like to be part of the show. EAA has more information.