EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009, A Displays Extravaganza

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The collection of aircraft set for display at this year's (July 27 to August 2) EAA AirVenture Oshkosh airshow does not scream recession or depression and could prove to be among the best gatherings the group has put together. Aside from the roughly 2,500 showplanes expected annually, the 2009 collection will include the space-tourist-launching Virgin Galactic VMS Mothership "Eve"; Airbus' A380 -- the world's largest airliner; an Avro Lancaster WWII bomber; a 1909 Wright B Flyer replica; a rare Japanese "Zero" and Messerschmitt ME109 will add to more familiar flock of warbirds; and possible appearances from the dawn of a new age -- electric flight -- are hoped for, if not expected. The show will celebrate anniversaries of the Cessna 150 (50th), the T-28 (60th) and the Pietenpol homebuilt (80th) among others.

Randall Fishman hopes to have his first two-seat electric aircraft there to greet a Chinese offering from Yuneec aircraft -- both are scrambling to be ready for the show. Plus, multiple takes on the flying car (or roadable aircraft) are expected. See the whole list online or go to AirVenture.org for more. In a year when people around the world are struggling with a downturned economy AirVenture has the goods to provide some lift.