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Top Online Stories of 2012


December 20, 2012 - It's been a busy year at the Experimental Aircraft Association, judging by the variety and number of news stories and features that were posted on EAA.org.

All told, there were 1,307,454 cumulative new story page views over the past year, with the top clicked-on story about the buried Spitfires discovered in Myanmar (Burma), posted on April 16. That story generated a total of 31,775 page views, about 9,000 more than the second-most-read story - the announcement of Rod Hightower's resignation as EAA president/CEO. The No. 3 most-viewed story was about Bob Hoover helping to land a P-51 with a stuck landing gear.

Here is the list of the 15 most-read stories of 2012.

  1. Spits Buried Since 1945 Located in Myanmar (31,775 page views)
  2. Hightower Resigns as EAA President/CEO (22,709)
  3. Bob Hoover Helps P-51 With Stuck Gear Land Safely (21,556)
  4. Pilot Describes Amazing Talk-Down Landing (19,794)
  5. Fog on the Flight Deck Led to F-16 Overrun at AirVenture 2011 (17,605)
  6. New, Fast, and Efficient: Aerochia's LT-1 (15,798)
  7. Warbird Community Rises to Meet Threat (13,338)
  8. NeverWet: Nanotechnology for Your Airplane (12,295)
  9. Bugatti 100P Project Closer to Flight (11,752)
  10. TIGHAR Reports Potential New Amelia Earhart Crash Evidence (10,149)
  11. 'Synergy' Project Revealed (9,868)
  12. Ebneter's E-1 Sets Another Record (9,777)
  13. Win a Stearman! (9,174)
  14. Mosquito Makes First Flight (8,633)
  15. Flight Feast at Friedrichshafen! (8,520)

For AirVenture.org, which had 1.1 million total page views in 2012, the most viewed story page of the year was the surprise Oshkosh RV-14 debut, with 22,898 views, followed by the AirVenture aircraft awards listings and the Warbirds in Review preview. Here are the Top 10:

  1. RV-14 Leads Van's Parade During Showcase (22,898 page views)
  2. 2012 Aircraft Award Winners (19,843)
  3. Better Than Ever: Warbirds in Review Announces 2012 Schedule (18,109)
  4. 'Tora! Tora! Tora!' Re-Enactment to Make AirVenture Debut (15,434)
  5. Rare A-36A to Invade Oshkosh (14,417)
  6. Fly Like an Eagle! Steve Miller Band to Rock Opening Night (13,215)
  7. Rare Junkers JU 52 Coming to Oshkosh (12,969)
  8. B-29 FIFI Returns, Offers Flights at AirVenture 2012 (12,310)
  9. All of Van's Experience Is Bundled Up in the New RV-14 (11,770)
  10. Team RV to Make First Oshkosh Appearance (11,561)


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