|Volume: 03, Issue: 15||07/27/2005|
Aviation Aficionados Flock to AirVenture 2005Aviation enthusiasts from around the world are celebrating their passion at the EAA AirVenture 2005 in Oshkosh, Wis. The 53rd annual event, held July 25-31 at Wittman Regional Airport, showcases several unparalleled attractions, from the world’s first successful civilian spacecraft to the latest in aircraft innovations.
Each year, the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture welcomes more than 10,000 aircraft to the week-long celebration. Total attendance often exceeds 700,000, with visitors from more than 60 nations.
“The anticipation of the world of flight coming together again at Oshkosh always makes this a very exciting time of year,” said Tom Poberezny, EAA president and AirVenture chairman. “This is a year that should not be missed, not only because of the variety of aircraft at EAA AirVenture, but also because in some cases, these airplanes will never be together again anywhere, at any time.”
That unmatched lineup of aircraft includes SpaceShipOne/White Knight, the world's first successful civilian spacecraft and the $10 million Ansari X Prize winner. The unique Burt Rutan-designed aircraft arrived at Oshkosh Monday, July 25 and will stay through Sunday, July 31. After making EAA AirVenture the site of its only public appearance, SpaceShipOne is headed for the National Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C., for permanent display. Meanwhile, the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer, in which Steve Fossett became first man to fly solo around the world without stopping or refueling, is scheduled to be on display in AeroShell Square until Saturday, June 30.
Other highlights of EAA AirVenture 2005 include the following:
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