Forums

Head over to Forums Plaza and learn something about almost everything - building, flying, restoring, and so much more! Forums are included with your admission and no reservations are required. Plan out your Oshkosh days!

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Aircraft Areas

Discover the unique assortment of airplanes you’ll find as you make your way through our aircraft neighborhoods.

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Air Shows

The world's finest aerobatic performers put on jaw-dropping displays every year.

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Theater in the Woods & Fly-In Theater

From blockbuster hits and classic aviation movies, to historic and informative programming, you'll find a great variety here.

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AirVenture Special Events

Many special events within the big event take place in Oshkosh throughout the week.

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Workshops

Get hands-on and learn the skills you need to build an airplane at daily workshops patterned after the popular SportAir Workshops. Stop on by! No reservations are required and it's included in your admission.

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Take a B-17 Flight!

Honor the legacy of "The Greatest Generation" with a "mission flight" on the beautifully restored B-17G Flying Fortress Aluminum Overcast. Go on a trip back in time aboard this World War II-era bomber.

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Aeromart

Turn old aircraft parts into cash, with the added satisfaction that you have helped other EAA members complete their projects.

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News

Stay up to date on the latest news and happenings surrounding EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Read about confirmed attractions and other features taking place during the big event!

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New AirVenture App 2018 Now Available

Highlights, schedules, and essential information for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is now easier to find than ever before with the new AirVenture app now available for smartphones and tablets.

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AirVenture Social

Share your posts and photos using the #OSH18 to join the conversation, follow EAA on social media and check out the community's AirVenture posts!

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Videos

Feel the excitement of Oshkosh come alive through hours of videos. Daily updates, personality features, product launches, and so much more!

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Photos

These beautiful photos will help you see into The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration.

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Webcams

Some of these cameras run on pre-programmed direction and show live feeds from the grounds, and some cameras (like the Air Show camera) may display live video of the daily air show as viewed through the lens of EAA's video production team. 

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Official AirVenture Poster

Share it with your friends, family, coworkers, fellow chapter members, or spruce up your walls with this year’s design. Available now in three convenient sizes.

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Streaming Year-Round!

Need a bit of Oshkosh to brighten your day? Listen to EAA Radio broadcasts year-round, now streaming on the web or your mobile device.

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AirVenture Today

The daily "must read" is AirVenture Today, a free newspaper available to attendees during the annual convention and fly-in. This essential newspaper is distributed throughout the convention grounds and is available for download.

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Awards

2015 Grand Champion - World War II: de Havilland Canada FB26 Mosquito

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Camp Scholler

Located adjacent to the convention grounds, the Camp Scholler campground is home for thousands of aviation enthusiasts every July. Exclusive for EAA members, it’s where new friends meet and old friends reunite, all sharing in the camaraderie and spirit of aviation that brought them together.

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Lodging

There are numerous hotel and motel rooms within an hour’s drive of Oshkosh. Reserve one with one of our partner hotels today!

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RideShare

Looking for a ride to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh? Or are you already planning to go but have space available in your airplane or car to take along a fellow aviation enthusiast? RideShare matches pilots/drivers with passengers for the annual journey to Oshkosh.

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Directions & Parking

Find the easiest way to get into the grounds and get to the fun faster! Six public parking lots on the grounds are available. Daily or weekly parking passes can be purchased for cars, trucks, motorhomes, motorcycles, and other motor vehicles.

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Food & Concessions

Curb your hunger by feasting on one (or more) of the options offered by the diverse selection of vendors. Whether you want to indulge your sweet tooth or keep the calories in check, you’ll likely find what you need that hits the spot!

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Shuttles

Shuttles (buses and/or trams) run 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. daily (unless noted), making several stops along separate routes to help attendees move about the grounds. 

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Rent Electronic Scooters

Single-seat personal electric convenience vehicles, specifically designed for those with disabilities, are allowed on the convention site and can also be rented via Vista Mobility, Inc.

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Maps

The convention site is massive - and can be pretty daunting, especially for first-time visitors. Save time and prepare your Oshkosh days thanks to this assortment of maps designed to assist you.

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Weather for Pilots

See current and forecast weather information in and around Oshkosh and EAA AirVenture, courtesy of the National Weather Service.

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Severe Weather Procedures

In case of severe weather, warnings and instructions will be given over the AirVenture public address system and other communications methods, including Twitter (@EAAupdate), Facebook, and text messaging alerts to your cell phone.

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Severe Weather Procedures

In case of severe weather, warnings and instructions will be given over the AirVenture public address system and other communications methods, including Twitter (@EAAupdate), Facebook, and text messaging alerts to your cell phone.

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Severe Weather Procedures

In case of severe weather, warnings and instructions will be given over the AirVenture public address system and other communications methods, including Twitter (@EAAupdate), Facebook, and text messaging alerts to your cell phone.

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Arrival & Departure Signs

Print out sign codes used to tell ground personnel your destination on the Wittman Regional Airport grounds. Just pick the signs you need and be sure to have them in your airplane for the trip to Oshkosh.

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Ultralight Flight Schedule

Flight operations on the Ultralight Runway at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh are broken into separate time periods to allow similar performance aircraft in the pattern at the same time.

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Seaplane Base Arrivals

The Seaplane Base (identifier 96WI) is located on the west shore of Lake Winnebago, 5 miles southeast of Wittman Regional Airport and the convention site. Seaplane arrivals should avoid nearby Class C and D airspace and SHOULD NOT use the Fisk VFR arrival route.

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Reminder from U.S. & Canada Border Agencies

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) have joined efforts to remind travelers of document requirements to travel into both countries. The two agencies want to educate travelers about these requirements to make their travel experience during the busy summer season a more enjoyable one.

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Fuel Discounts

It’s nice to feel wanted, and those flying to and from AirVenture are certainly that. View a list of facilities that are providing special offers to traveling EAAers on their flights to Oshkosh. Plan out your flight by visiting those FBOs and airports rolling out the welcome mat for you!

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Nearby Commercial Airports

Make the short drive or hop aboard a shuttle bus from one of these airports.

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Fly Market

Find a vast array of exhibitors and products, product demonstrations, and much more. It's EAA AirVenture Oshkosh's version of a flea market.

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Partner Ad/Web Glyphs

Tell your customers where to find you! For your convenience, we’ve developed glyphs or “bugs” for you to use in your print and web advertising to let your customers and prospects know where they can find you at Oshkosh. 

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Space Assignment

EAA will attempt to accommodate each applicant’s preferred location. However, if all booth choices indicated by applicant are unavailable, EAA will assign the best available space, in EAA’s sole opinion.

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Souvenir Program

Attendees and exhibitors count on the beautiful, full-color EAA AirVenture Oshkosh commemorative souvenir program to document all they need to know and where to go during AirVenture.

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Sponsor Benefits

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is the optimal place to enhance your brand visibility through sponsorship of the event, venues, or its programs. The value in AirVenture sponsorship is enhanced by the ability for customization.

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Sponsor Benefits

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is the optimal place to enhance your brand visibility through sponsorship of the event, venues, or its programs. The value in AirVenture sponsorship is enhanced by the ability for customization.

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AirVenture Visitors Guide

Attendees' most reliable source of everything including exhibitor locations, dining options, and forums / workshops schedules.

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Why Exhibit?

AirVenture enables our commercial partners to have an unmatched forum to present their products and services to the most passionate aviation consumers.

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Volunteer Opportunities

From the flightline to the convention office to Camp Scholler, many opportunities are available for you to become a part of EAA's heart and soul as an AirVenture volunteer.

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Brown Arch

The Brown Arch is a historical area, almost a "rite of passage" for new attendees and return visitors as well, creating an emotional passage through the arch. Leave your mark at this historic EAA landmark with a personalized brick.

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The Gathering

Together, we can raise funds for EAA’s youth education, historic preservation, and inspirational endeavors that help young people, anywhere, gain access to the resources and encouragement to change the world.

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Oshkosh: The Spirit of Aviation

Oshkosh: The Spirit of Aviation, narrated by actor and EAA member, Harrison Ford, shows why EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration.

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Paul Poberezny

Paul Poberezny came from humble beginnings, yet he emerged as one of the 20th century's greatest aviation leaders, creating a worldwide aviation organization and the world's largest annual fly-in event, EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

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Prohibited Items

Save yourself time and hassle by leaving the following items at home, in your car or at your campsite, as these items will not be allowed through the admission gates.

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Directions to Media Check-In

Get driving directions to the AirVenture check-in facility.

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Vietnam Vets Spend Emotional Day in D.C.

By Barbara A. Schmitz

July 28, 2018 - Tears, hugs, and belated thanks. That’s what the 2018 Yellow Ribbon Honor Flight was all about.

The flight, carrying 130 Vietnam-era Wisconsin veterans and their caregivers, arrived back at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh about 6:45 p.m. Friday, to see thousands of conventiongoers and their families lining Boeing Plaza, many holding up signs of love or thanks. The welcome home capped off a day that began at 5 a.m. for the vets.

And what a day it was. The American Airlines direct flight from Oshkosh to Washington National Airport, staffed entirely by American Airlines volunteers, landed in Washington, D.C., to a water cannon salute, a band playing, and hundreds of people welcoming them to the nation’s capital and thanking them for their service. Then the group was whisked away in four buses to the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the Korean War Veterans Memorial. From there they went to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History to see “The Price of Freedom” exhibit and the American flag that inspired “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

In between was a quick tour of the city, and then the group visited Arlington National Cemetery to watch the changing of the guard and the Air Force Memorial that overlooks the Pentagon. Then it was back to the airport for the trip home. Throughout it all, a very helpful National Park Service police escort made sure the group got wherever they needed to go quickly.

Ted Gray, of Weyauwega, served in the Navy in Vietnam, Texas, Canada, and Mexico from 1971-94. He said he doesn’t talk about his war experiences, particularly about when he was stationed in Vietnam, because he doesn’t want to remember the nightmares of being in the front lines, or of the ship barely making it back to the bay when one of the guns blew. “But today I’m hoping I finally got rid of some of those bad memories,” he said.

Gray also admitted to being disgusted that it took people so long to thank the Vietnam veterans for their service.

“I see all these newer vets coming home and people standing there and greeting them,” he said. “But all I got when I returned home was a kick in the butt. No one showed up.”

Four of the Bellin brothers were on the Honor Flight. Bernie Bellin, of Franklin; Gary Bellin, of Sturgeon Bay; Ron Bellin, of Luxemburg; and Bob Bellin, of Allouez, served in the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps during the Vietnam War.

Bernie Bellin, who worked as an Army company clerk in Can Tho of the Mekong Delta from 1968-69, placed a flower near a friend’s name on the wall of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. It was a somber moment, not only for him, but for many of the veterans who had come with lists of former friends and family members who were killed in action.

“Today has been very moving and emotional,” Bernie said. “I wasn’t ready for my reaction at the wall since it’s been 50 years, and I had been here before. I think it’s because we’re all here together.”

Gary Bellin served as a corpsman in the Navy from 1967-69 in the West Pacific. It was his job to keep the troops supplied and back them up.

He said he and his brothers will occasionally talk about their days in the military. “But it’s only about the humorous situations; the rest we prefer to forget.”

He had never been to the wall before, and said it was difficult to see names that he knew. It was also difficult to think about the welcome home he received in ’69.

“It wasn’t good,” he said, as he looked away and closed his eyes. After a few minutes, he explained, “We were met at the gate in Chicago by a couple hundred hippies, calling us all kinds of names.”

Bernie’s son, Adam Bellin, a reservist assigned to the 6th Fleet, Norfolk, Virginia, came to share in the day, as did his cousin, Brad, from Richmond, Virginia. Adam said you couldn’t keep him away from an opportunity to share this day with his dad and uncles.

“How can one veteran not say thanks to another?” he asked. “The Honor Flight is such a great way for the country to thank the Vietnam guys for what they did.”

Vernon Steffes, from St. Peter, served in the Army and said he isn’t sure how he got out of Vietnam and Cambodia alive in 1967. Friday’s Honor Flight made him appreciate the fact even more as he looked up names on the wall of friends killed during the war.

“There were a number of times I should have been killed,” he said. “But somebody was just looking out for me.”

Darrel Karas, of Brussels, served in the Army in Germany during the Vietnam War era, from 1969-71. “I was the commanding officer’s driver,” he said, and admitted he was lucky. “When I was in basic training, a car broke down on the side of the road, so me and my buddy fixed it,” he said. He finished the rest of his training, and then got sick and was hospitalized for three weeks.

The doctors said he couldn’t handle the stress of Vietnam, and the officer giving out orders happened to be the same one whose car he had fixed back in basic training. “He remembered me and said I could go into the motor pool. The wife and I went to church a lot and still do to this day to say thank you for that.”

But that didn’t mean Karas didn’t see any horror. He ended up taking soldiers whose tours of duty were over to the Frankfurt airport, and picking up ones who were just starting. “Some of the guys coming back from Vietnam were messed up from the war,” he said. Their whole companies would be slaughtered, and they’d have flashbacks, or they’d suffer the side effects from being exposed to Agent Orange or from taking drugs.

Karas, however, also has a lot of good memories of he and his wife going out for a beer and brat with friends, or traveling Europe with his parents.

“I still think of how lucky I was, and I tell myself I’ve been living the dream every day.”

Bob Fritsch, of Appleton, worked as an aircraft mechanic in the Air Force from 1965-69. He said he was one of the lucky ones, too, since he was stationed in Texas, Tennessee, and Hawaii during the war.

In Hawaii, he worked the midnight shift, maintaining airplanes going to or from Vietnam. Whenever he’d fix a lot of planes damaged by enemy artillery, the next day a plane would come in loaded with people in caskets. “On the news you would hear that just a certain number of people died, but then you’d see all the caskets and question those numbers,” he said.

Fritsch said the Honor Flight was his first trip to Washington, D.C., and he couldn’t decide on a favorite part of the day. “It was everything: the people who met us at the airport, the memorials, the number of people interred at Arlington. But the wall really got to me.”

His brother was also stationed in Vietnam, and had the honor of escorting a classmate’s body home to DePere. Fritsch really wanted to find that classmate’s name on the wall, but he couldn’t find it on the app.

“Then all at once I saw another person doing a rubbing, and it was the guy from DePere,” he said. “I couldn’t believe that I was that lucky to find it. Maybe I should also buy a lottery ticket today.”

Sharon A. Woelfel-Nett, of Chilton, worked in the Air Force as an inventory management specialist from 1973-80. She said a lot of people don’t realize she was former military, but noted that in the last five years, more and more people are thanking her for her service.

“I think it’s because of the Honor Flights that we’re seeing more and more appreciation of veterans,” she said, adding that they do an excellent job of honoring all veterans.

She said she appreciated the Yellow Ribbon Honor Flight, and had only one small complaint. “The day just went too fast.”