A Bright Finish For "Sploshkosh" 2010

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The challenging wet weather in Oshkosh leading up to opening weekend was surely a factor in keeping this year's attendance figures about 7 percent lower than last year, but EAA President Tom Poberezny says the drop was expected after last year's "blockbuster" event. But he added that the second half of the week was "outstanding." The weather turned clear and comfortable, and the Saturday night airshow was a hit -- it will be back next year, Poberezny said. Also, commercial exhibits were up to 777 this year, compared to 750 in 2009. If you missed any part of this year's show, check AVweb's media round-up for all the news, video and podcasts from EAA AirVenture. And if you're thinking about getting there for next year, EAA has some spectacular plans already in the works.

Staffers are working to bring a space shuttle to the field, which would fly in on top of a 747. Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo and WhiteKnightTwo are expected to make an appearance. The U.S. Navy will celebrate its centennial of naval aviation at the show. And two attractions that were in the works for this year are in the works again for 2011 -- Boeing's new 787 and the world's only flying B-29, FIFI, operated by the Commemorative Air Force. Also, electric aircraft, which were popular this year, will be a focus again at next year's show. And AVweb will be there, of course, to bring you daily updates from the field.