Volume: 03, Issue: 15 07/27/2005 
White Knight and SpaceShipOne.  Scaled Composites Photo.
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The Dornier Do-24 ATT amphibian. Image courtesy EAA.
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EAA AirVenture's North 40 aircraft camping area. Image courtesy EAA.
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Aviation Aficionados Flock to AirVenture 2005

Aviation 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:

  • The latest in light-jet innovations, including new models of Eclipse, Cessna, and Honda, making their first major public displays at Oshkosh;
  • A stirring Warbird reunion that includes five B-17 bombers, a rare B-24 bomber, the P-38 “Glacier Girl” fighter that was saved from under the Greenland ice cap in 1992 and fully restored to flight, plus more than 400 other Warbirds aircraft that will help commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II;
  • An unmatched collected of tri-motor aircraft from aviation vintage era of the 1920s and 1930s, with aircraft from around the world participating;
  • Aviation personalities and legends chatting with EAA AirVenture visitors through the day and in special evening programs throughout the week, including such notables as EAA Young Eagles program chairman past and present (Academy Award-winning actor Cliff Robertson, famed pilot Gen. Chuck Yeager, and actor Harrison Ford);
  • Daily afternoon air shows, plus more than 800 aviation exhibitors and 500-plus forums, workshops, and seminars;
  • A new “Light-Sport Aircraft Mall” that showcases the exciting new aircraft and simplified rules that will open the world of flight to many more people by lowering cost and time barriers of flight training;
  • Special activities for families and young people that help them discover and enjoy aviation;
  • More than 2,500 showplanes that include homebuilt aircraft, vintage models, ultralights, seaplanes, and much more.

    For more information, visit www.eaa.org and www.airventure.org .

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