If you have any Avgas in your veins at all, you’ll want to be in Oshkosh, Wisconsin this July. Why? From Sunday 24th July to Sunday 31st, Wittman Regional Airport is home for a week to the airborne spectacular that is the EAA AirVenture Show.
Hosted by the US Experimental Aircraft Association, it’s one of the largest aviation shows in the world. This is a show so big that it needs its own app – seriously. You can do pretty much anything aviation-related, from learning how to speak to air-traffic controllers (nicely – they’re the ones allocating your departure and arrival slots) to a class in fabric-covering your aircraft’s wings. And, of course, you can simply stroll around, rub shoulders with fellow aviation enthusiasts, look at ‘planes and watch some top-end flying displays.
Over the week of the Show, there’ll be 10,000 aircraft flying in. There’s everything from a tiny, single-engined WWI Sopwith Pup to the only remaining huge four-engined Martin Mars flying boat. Nowadays, the Martin Mars still lands on water, but it’s used as a fire-suffocating water bomber. Handy, then, that Wittman is on the shores of Lake Winnebago.