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Old 07-18-2018, 03:07 PM   #1
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EAA AirVenture - Who's Going?

Who is going to AirVenture/Oshkosh? While AirVenture is the worlds largest air show running from July 23-29 this year, many don't know it is reported to be the largest gathering of RV's anywhere in the country. I have heard up to 10,000 RV's are parked on the field during AirVenture. If you just like RV's and not airplanes you will see every type on the field.

We are currently on the road to Oshkosh after departing Thermal, CA a few days ago. In Colorado right now. This is my longest trip yet with the New Aire. Here is our route.



My New Aire web camera is live up front on the coach. Currently the image is updating every 30 minutes. Will keep the feed live through AirVenture for those interested in watching the show.

Here is the web cam image:



Here is the coach tracking page that includes live weather on board the New Aire.
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I was working on a film there about 7 years ago. They had a lot of very old planes on display there. A lot of hangers with glass walls on one side to look in at the planes. I'm not a plane buff but it was very interesting. We used a few in the background of the old plane that was taking off with John Dillinger.
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I was working on a film there about 7 years ago. They had a lot of very old planes on display there. A lot of hangers with glass walls on one side to look in at the planes. I'm not a plane buff but it was very interesting. We used a few in the background of the old plane that was taking off with John Dillinger.
Sounds like EAA Museum that is on field as well.
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I知 already here but at a CG nearby (Kalbush). I move over to the EAA grounds Sunday morning. I値l be in the RV Fantasy tours group.

I nearly got run over by a MADP on I41S in Green Bay area. Wondered if he was coming here too. Glad to see I知 not the only one that drives faster than 55.
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I知 already here but at a CG nearby (Kalbush). I move over to the EAA grounds Sunday morning. I値l be in the RV Fantasy tours group.
We are with the same group. See you Sunday AM. Going to be in Hancock, WI at the Oasis RV Park, night before Fantasy Tours sets up.
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We are with the same group. See you Sunday AM. Going to be in Hancock, WI at the Oasis RV Park, night before Fantasy Tours sets up.


Great. Safe travels. See you there.
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EAA AirVenture - Who's Going?

not this year. First went in 86, just after buying a 76 T-210. I was 48 with a very fresh VFR license. Took family and off we went to OSH. Landed in Fondulac to avoid landing procedures at OSH. Enjoyed the show and warbirds. VFR over and back no problems. 92 was next trip in a P337. Had instrument ticket by then. Again in 96 with a Cessna 425 turbine. I was 都tyling . After 2200 hours figured I should get out while ahead. Promised DW a new motor home. So we are in our 10th coach and still loving it. So no Oshkosh this year.
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We've gone on and off since 2014 in our Canyon Star, then last year in our Roadtrek. We love it. It's a great show and you're right, tons of RV's are there. The evening airshows and fireworks are something else. Make sure to attend some of the hands-on workshops, if you're looking to learn about things like composite construction to welding, there is a workshop.

We decided to tour the Northeast this year so we skipped the Airventure. We'll be back, though.

BTW, the EAA Museum is on the Northwest corner of the grounds by the Pioneer Airport. You can get there from the campground by bike or bus (or a nice walk).

We have always stayed the whole week and have never seen or done everything, way too much to pick from. You could spend days looking at the displays in the main section of the airshow. If you do museums like I do (read every description and ask the docents questions if they are available) it'll take you a half a day just to see the EAA Museum. It's a good place to go on a hot day as it's air conditioned.

Looks like after some rain on Saturday you'll have a stretch of good weather for next week. With highs in the 80's and lows in the low 60's for most of the week it should not be too humid.
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Been going to the annual EAA get together since 1973 way before they changed the name to AirVenture. For an aviator it is as close as you can get to heaven without dying. So sad it only lasts a week.

Flew my first homebuilt airplane to Oshkosh in 1973, then the second one in 1978. For an EAA member you have not arrived until you put and airplane together in your garage and then fly it to AirVenture.

In the last 10 years they have made AirVenture a 24x7 event. You will never see so many old farts in one place having so much fun. Sort of like Woodstock for seniors.
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Slightly off Topic

We were at the Airventure in 1989 or 1990(the year the Concorde was there). In the evening before things started I was looking through the program and saw my name as a presenter of a seminar, but alas, it wasnt me, but this guy who no doubt forgotten more about aviation that I could ever possibly hope to know.


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We go every year and arrive early to volunteer with 都tuff, been here for a week already!
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Been going to the annual EAA get together since 1973 way before they changed the name to AirVenture. For an aviator it is as close as you can get to heaven without dying. So sad it only lasts a week.

Flew my first homebuilt airplane to Oshkosh in 1973, then the second one in 1978. For an EAA member you have not arrived until you put and airplane together in your garage and then fly it to AirVenture.

In the last 10 years they have made AirVenture a 24x7 event. You will never see so many old farts in one place having so much fun. Sort of like Woodstock for seniors.
Been several years since we have flown in there and have been wanting to take the coach in for several years now. Is it all dry camping unless you go in with rally and I assume normal parking is first come first served without reservations? I have slept under the wing and in the dorms and normally either froze or tried to survive the heat you never knew which, but what fun. Enjoy and have fun
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I will be coming in on Sunday as well! I won't be in the campground this year with my RV though. It will be parked right behind the Powrachute tent by the Red Ultralight Barn vendors. I will be working that booth again this year. Being I am in a sling with my right arm and not able to ride my bike from the campground to the display tent, this arrangement was worked out for me to be able to be there.

It certainly IS a big show! Enjoy your stay everyone!
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