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Just Three Months to Go Before EAA AirVenture 2006; Dazzling Lineup of Aircraft, Activities Taking Shape


EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. - (April 17, 2006) — The color, excitement and history of The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration is already taking shape for 2006, as it's just three months until the start of the 54th annual EAA AirVenture fly-in convention, coming July 24-30 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.

EAA AirVenture annually draws participants from more than 60 nations and in excess of 10,000 airplanes, including more than 2,500 showplanes. The event includes more than 800 exhibitors with the latest aviation innovations; 500 forums, workshops and seminars covering every aspect of the world of flight; daily afternoon air shows featuring the world's finest aerobatic performers; up-close and personal sessions with top aviation personalities; and the gathering of aviation enthusiasts from around the globe coming home to "aviation's family reunion."

"Over the next three months, through the spring and into the summer, the excitement will build as we prepare to welcome the world to Oshkosh once again," said Tom Poberezny, EAA president and AirVenture chairman. "While the aircraft lineup already committed to AirVenture is outstanding, over the next few months announcements of other airplanes and personalities will round out the event's lineup to make it truly 'The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration.'"

From the AirVenture Cup race and mass fly-ins prior to the event, to the final air show and aircraft and vehicle drawings on Sunday, July 30, EAA AirVenture is filled with so many events that a visitor can make the experience as wide or focused as one prefers.

Among the highlights already confirmed for AirVenture 2006:

  • A gathering of all the Allied heavy bombers of World War II, including the American B-29, B-17 and B-24, as well as the British Lancaster;
  • The next step of space travel - Space Tourism - that will show the sky is NOT the limit when it comes to modern adventures;
  • An opening-day highlight on Monday evening, July 24, when The Beach Boys bring the music of summer to EAA, presented by the Ford Motor Company;
  • Thrilling warbirds shows with dozens of airplanes, pyrotechnics, and fly-bys;
  • The American Barnstormers Tour, featuring more than a dozen biplanes from the Golden Age of Aviation in the 1920s and 1930s;
  • More than 2,500 "showplanes" from vintage models to ultralights, including nearly 1,000 homebuilt aircraft built and flown by their owners;
  • The newest innovations in travel, from the new Very Light Jets to the emerging Light-Sport Aircraft, which make recreational aviation more affordable than ever;
  • The world's best air show performers displaying their amazing talents every afternoon.

More than 30,000 people annually camp each year adjacent to the flight line, either setting up camp next to their airplanes or driving in to spacious Camp Scholler, where aviation enthusiasts create their own city each year. Many people attest that camping on the grounds is the best way to fully experience everything that EAA AirVenture has to offer.

"For more than 50 years, the airplanes bring us to EAA AirVenture, but the people keep us coming back," Poberezny said. "Pilots know that a trip to Oshkosh is a highlight for any aviator, which is why many make the trip every year. For those just discovering aviation, EAA AirVenture is a week filled with color, excitement and unforgettable experiences."

Complete details of EAA AirVenture 2006, including admission rates, housing information, schedules and pilot information, are available at the event's comprehensive website at www.airventure.org.

EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH is The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration and EAA's yearly membership convention. 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. EAA AirVenture information is also available through the World Wide Web at www.airventure.org.

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