Aircraft Invited to Be Part of World War I Aviation Centennial at EAA AirVenture

Original aircraft, replicas and reproductions all welcome to participate

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. — (March 13, 2014) — A call is going to all World War I-era aircraft, aircraft replicas and reproduction to join “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” this year at the annual EAA AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in convention, as it celebrates the centennial of World War I aviation technology.

EAA AirVenture 2014 is July 28-August 3 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.

Those airplanes are encouraged to join World War I-era aircraft from private collections for activities throughout the week at Oshkosh. The aircraft will be showcased in various areas throughout the grounds, as AirVenture attendees discover more about the technology of military flight just a decade after the Wright brothers’ first powered flight at Kitty Hawk.

“The World War I period was the first significant era of aviation where flight innovation advanced at a frenzied pace,” said Bill Fischer, executive director of EAA Warbirds of America, which is helping to organize the centennial commemoration. “It also marked the first time military strategy included aerial tactics and how to defense them. It is a fascinating period of flight that has been maintained by dedicated aviators around the world and will be fully explored at Oshkosh this year.”

Owners and operators of World War I-era aircraft, replicas and reproductions are encouraged to pre-register their aircraft by contacting Fischer at the Warbirds of America office at 920-426-4874 or at warbirds@eaa.org. Pre-registration will assist with the additional logistics needed to welcome and display these aircraft.

Additional information on activities will be announced as it is finalized.

About EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” and EAA’s yearly membership convention. Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket and camping purchase, is available online at www.airventure.org. 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. Immediate news is available at www.twitter.com/EAAupdate

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