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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2021's '75th (Plus One)' Flying Demos Commemorate End of World War II
December 17, 2020 – EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2021 will feature expanded warbird flying activities as our annual fly-in convention commemorates the 75th anniversary (plus one) since the end of World War II. The 68th EAA fly-in convention takes place July 26-August 1 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.
EAA AirVenture will tell the many aviation stories of The Greatest Generation and the worldwide conflict during its renowned afternoon air shows. It will feature flying displays and groups that are favorites for EAA audiences. Highlighting the weeklong commemoration will be major air show flying activities on Friday and Saturday, July 30-31. There will also be additional World War II aircraft featured on the showcase Boeing Plaza on July 30-31.
"We originally planned to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II and tell all the aviation stories as part of AirVenture 2020," said Rick Larsen, EAA's vice president of communities and member programming, who coordinates AirVenture features and attractions. "We still want to pay tribute to all the people and aircraft involved in bringing the end to this conflict, so in 2021 we will properly commemorate the aviation story of World War II, from the Eagle Squadron and American Volunteer Group through the final Allied victories in 1945."
Specific aircraft and flying demonstrations are still being finalized for EAA AirVenture 2021, but will feature aircraft from both the European and Pacific Theaters. Additional highlights will tell the stories of remarkable heroism and pioneering technology that changed the course of the war. In addition, evening programming on Friday, July 30, will focus specifically on World War II and the legendary aircraft that turned the tide of the war. Throughout the week, evening movies at the Fly-In Theater will include a number of films devoted to World War II aviation.
Further details on individual highlights and aircraft will be announced as they are finalized.