EAA AirVenture 2011: Bonus Photo Gallery

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The annual gathering of the aviation world at EAA AirVenture features not only thousands of airplanes, but tens of thousands of people. Mary Grady's gallery shows us some of the planes and a few of the personalities, too.

Among the many Burt Rutan designs on display at Conoco-Phillips Plaza was the Williams V-Jet II, which first flew in 1988. It's now part of the collection at the EAA Museum.

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Another view of the V-Jet.

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On opening day, EAA's Rod Hightower and Tom Poberezny co-hosted a news conference.

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Cirrus CEO Brent Wouters provides the press with an update on what's going on in Duluth, at the Cirrus exhibit.

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It's a beautiful Monday evening, and folks at Conoco-Phillips Plaza seek out shade beneath the P-3 Orion, as REO Speedwagon plays on the main stage.

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Three soldiers find a Blackhawk helicopter makes a handy perch for enjoying the show.

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A nice DC-9 in Navy colors fills a chunk of real estate at show center.

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AVweb's editor-in-chief Russ Niles got a chance to go flying in this shiny Diamond DA42 twin, owned by Embry-Riddle.

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At Teacher's Day in the EAA Museum, Jeff Skiles spoke to the crowd about the importance of reaching out to the next generation.

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For the first few days of the show, the Farmers Airship was grounded while crews worked on an engine problem.

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Two young men who learned to fly thanks to Able Flight get their wings pinned on at Oshkosh.

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The Snap aerobatic airplane, which is expected to debut as an LSA next year, was introduced to the U.S. market in front of the International Aerobatic Club pavilion.

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EAA chairman Tom Poberezny pauses for a moment immediately after announcing his retirement from the organization his father founded.

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FiFi, the only flying B-29 Super Fortress, was a big hit with the crowds at Conoco-Phillips Plaza.

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FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt spoke to the Oshkosh crowd and answered a few questions on Thursday.

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On Friday, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner made its first public appearance.

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Dreaming about the flight levels ... .

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