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U.S. Navy Blue Angels Flight Team to Make Special EAA AirVenture Fly-Bys on July 28

 

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. - (July 21, 2006) — The U.S. Navy Blue Angels flight demonstration squadron, one of the world's greatest aviation teams, will be making special fly-bys at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006 on Friday, July 28. The 54th annual EAA fly-in convention, The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration, will be held July 24-30 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.

The Blue Angels will make several formation fly-bys beginning at approximately 10:45 a.m. on July 28. This appearance is in addition to the previously announced program by one of the Blue Angels aircraft and pilot at EAA AirVenture on July 24-26. Lt. Kevin "Kojak" Davis and the No. 7 Blue Angels F/A-18 "Hornet" two-place aircraft will arrive at Oshkosh on Sunday, July 23 and depart on Wednesday, July 26. During his stay, Lt. Davis will also present a special evening program at EAA's Theater in the Woods on Tuesday, July 25. The F/A-18 Hornet will be parked on EAA AirVenture's showcase AeroShell Square on July 24-25, giving AirVenture attendees photo opportunities right next to the Blue Angels' legendary aircraft.

Although the dimensions of the EAA AirVenture aerobatic area limit the ability of the Blue Angels and other high-performance military jet teams to showcase their amazing talents, the Blue Angels and EAA had sought for years to find a way for Oshkosh attendees to enjoy some of the pageantry, precision and pride associated with the renowned Navy/Marine Corps flight team.

"The Blue Angels made special arrangements to fly over EAA AirVenture and salute the people and airplanes of the World Greatest Aviation Celebration," said Tom Poberezny, EAA president and AirVenture chairman. "EAA AirVenture offers pilots and aviation enthusiasts something they can't get anyplace else, whether it's standing next to the pioneers of space tourism and their air/space vehicle, SpaceShipOne, meeting a Blue Angels pilot in-person, or being part of the greatest gathering of airplanes, aviation personalities and fellow fliers anywhere in the world."

"Pilots flying to or departing from Wittman Regional Airport on Friday, July 28, should be aware that there may be delays during the Blue Angels' fly-bys. Those delays are anticipated to occur from approximately 10:30 a.m. until 11:10 a.m. Please adjust your flying times accordingly or be sure to have enough fuel to allow for a delay upon approach to Wittman Regional Airport."

EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH is The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration and EAA's yearly membership convention. EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit www.eaa.org. EAA AirVenture information is also available through the World Wide Web at www.airventure.org.

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