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Aviore Lands at AirVenture
July 22, 2018 - Visitors to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 may catch a glimpse of a costumed superhero, Aviore, while exploring the convention grounds. Aviore was gifted to EAA by the Stan Lee Foundation in 2017. Comic book legend Stan Lee’s creativity spawned Spider-Man, Black Panther, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, and the X-Men, among others, and paved the way for superhero dominance at the box office.
Introduced at last year’s fly-in, Aviore — with a special visit from Stan Lee — helped celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Young Eagles program, the world’s most successful aviation youth outreach initiative. This year’s AirVenture marks the release of the first issue of The Adventures of Aviore, a comic book that will give kids of all ages their first look at Aviore in action.
Aviore’s mission is the same as ours — to grow participation in aviation. When he’s not “on duty,” Aviore’s alter ego, Jake “Perry” Howard, is a young homebuilder who spends his free time volunteering as a Young Eagles pilot. Unlike some superheroes, Aviore wasn’t born on a dying planet under a red sun, dosed with gamma rays, or bitten by a radioactive spider. The life-changing event that transformed him into a superhero was something familiar to many of us — a Young Eagles flight. His superpowers are things like intelligence, initiative, curiosity, and his network of friends.
We hope that Aviore’s adventures inspire more young people to get involved in aviation, whether that means flying, building, volunteering, or all three. Free copies of issue No. 1 are included with the August edition of EAA Sport Aviation magazine, and can be found at the drop boxes in KidVenture, the EAA AirVenture Welcome Center, and various other locations around the AirVenture grounds. Young readers can also find supplemental content relating to each issue at www.Aviore.org.
When you’ve read your copy, feel free to pass it along to help Aviore inspire the next generation of aviation enthusiasts.