The Biggest, the Newest, the Unique - They All Meet at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh's Aeroshell Square
EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. - (June 19, 2007) — At EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, "The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration," there is a place that becomes the crossroads of the aviation world for one week. AeroShell Square, the massive ramp in the center of the event grounds, brings together a collection of aircraft that, simply put, cannot be seen together anyplace else in the world.
This year, during EAA AirVenture on July 23-29 at Wittman Regional Airport, AeroShell Square will host everything from current military aircraft to magnificent warbirds from the World War II era; some of the finest vintage airplanes parked next to the latest aircraft from the world's top manufacturers; plus a few surprises that make the trip unforgettable.
"It is amazing when one thinks of the variety of aircraft parked within a few yards of one another at AirVenture," said Tom Poberezny, EAA president and AirVenture chairman. "Through the years, everything from EAA's flying reproduction of the 1903 Wright Flyer to the supersonic Concorde has been parked on AeroShell Square. It is the place where history meets innovation, and tradition meets technology."
In addition, AeroShell Square is the site for this year's opening day concert by the Beach Boys, presented by Eclipse Aviation, Ford Motor Company, and Innovative Solutions & Support. That July 23 concert begins at 5:30 p.m., right after the conclusion of the afternoon air show.
Among the aircraft confirmed to appear on AeroShell Square during EAA AirVenture 2007 are (as of June 18, 2007 - subject to change without notice):
- Military aircraft
- U.S. Air Force F-22 "Raptors"
- Lockheed U-2 "spyplane"
- U.S. Air Force C-5
- U.S. Air Force C-17
- T-38 jet trainers
- U.S. Navy MH-53C helicopter
- Air National Guard F-15
- Air National Guard F-16
- U.S. Air Force A-10s
- U.S. Air Force F-4 "Phantoms"
- Air Force Reserve C-130
- U.S. Navy MH-60R helicopter
- Air National Guard KC-135
- U.S. Navy T-45
- B-17, B-25, Hurricane and Spitfire (Lonestar Flight Museum)
- P-38 "Glacier Girl"
- Yankee Air Force B-17 and B-25
- Commemorative Air Force B-24
- Grumman F7F Tigercat
- C-54 Berlin Airlift cargo aircraft
- Vintage airplanes
- Piedmont DC-3
- Gander Mountain DeHavilland Beaver
- Ford Tri-Motor
- National Aviation Hall of Fame "People's Choice" aircraft
- Other aircraft
- French helicopters (up to six)
- Civil Air Patrol GA-8 Airvan and Cessna 182
- Perlan Glider
- Gulfstream G550
In addition, a number of new aircraft announcements will be held at AeroShell Square throughout the week. During the afternoon air show, many of the performers' aircraft are parked at the mouth of AeroShell Square as they await their turn to perform.
AeroShell Square is also adjacent to such popular areas as homebuilt and vintage aircraft parking, the main commercial exhibit area and EAA's Light-Sport Aircraft Mall.
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.