AirVenture Lineups Come Into Focus
At the June 18 teleconference for AirVenture volunteer chairs, Jim DiMatteo provided the latest and greatest of the 2013 Oshkosh lineups. Just as it has for 60 years, the annual EAA fly-in lineup continues to evolve to reflect member/visitor requests, innovation, and some "let's give this a try" ideas.
In the air show, there is a new approach in 2013 that means a more diverse lineup than ever before. The show will combine the showcase flying and air show performances into a single, nearly four-hour extravaganza each afternoon that weaves emotion and thrilling aerobatics in a choreographed way.
The choice for the Oshkosh performances began in late 2012, when the AirVenture air show "Dream Team" - consisting of EAA staff, volunteers, air show professionals and performers, and FAA contacts. The goal is to present the best afternoon air show every day. More information on individual performers is available at airventure.org.
Sequestration certainly has affected air shows throughout the country. First, current American military aircraft are missing from all U.S. air shows this year. Fortunately, although AirVenture always welcome a great blend of current military aircraft, at Oshkosh we're not beholden to them to make or break the event. The air show performers and thousands of warbirds, homebuilts, vintage aircraft and others are the true stars of the event. We'll make sure Phillips 66 Plaza is well stocked with an assortment of aircraft for people to enjoy.
In other areas, the Monday-night concert stage at Phillips 66 Plaza has been moved to just off the north edge of the ramp and will remain in place all week. That allows us to use it for not only the Chicago concert on July 29, but for other performers such as Gary Sinise's Lt. Dan Band, Aaron Tippin, and others throughout the week. The stage is also available for special aviation presentations during each day at Oshkosh.
In Theater in the Woods, some fantastic headliners will be there, including Yves "Jetman" Rossy, "Space Night" with astronaut Chris Hadfield, the vintage aircraft Round-Engine Rodeo presentation, World War II legends, and much more.