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EAA AirVenture 2006: The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration - You've Gotta Be There July 24-30!


EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. - (July 6, 2006) — Aviation enthusiasts from around the world are counting the days until EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration, July 24-30 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. The 54th annual convention of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) will showcase the best of aviation's innovations and heritage.

Each year, EAA AirVenture welcomes more than 10,000 aircraft to the weeklong celebration, along with a total attendance of approximately 700,000 visitors from more than 60 nations.

"Simply put, Oshkosh is the place to be for anyone who enjoys flight," said Tom Poberezny, EAA president and AirVenture chairman. "EAA AirVenture is not only aviation's family reunion, but also the place where nearly every facet of flight is on display, as Oshkosh is the international crossroads where people enjoy and celebrate the freedom of flight."

EAA AirVenture's aircraft lineup is filled with the latest flight innovations along with the legendary aircraft of aviation's first 100 years. There are brand new jets that are revolutionizing the aviation community, unique homebuilt and vintage airplanes, and more aircraft of every size, shape and origin.

In addition, EAA AirVenture 2006 will offer more than ever before, from 500 forums, workshops and seminars, to special activities for young people and families, to renowned aviation movies each evening under the stars. All of these activities are included in AirVenture admission, as is an unprecedented concert by the Beach Boys on Monday, July 24, immediately following the opening day's afternoon air show.

EAA AirVenture 2006's features and attractions include:

  • The "Big Bomber Reunion" with a rare British Lancaster bomber; a vintage B-24; plus several B-17s and B-25s;
  • More than 300 Warbirds that include fighter airplanes from World War II and classic fighter jets, many flying in spectacular shows throughout the week, with expanded programs on Friday and Saturday, July 28-29;
  • The American Barnstormers Tour, bringing a high-flying parade of aircraft from the Barnstorming Era of the 1920s and 1930s;
  • Military aircraft such as the B-1B bomber, C-17 transport, and A-10, F-16 and F/A-18 fighters;
  • A variety of special programs, from the Hallmarks of Homebuilding and the 50th anniversary of the famed Cessna 172, to the new innovations of the Very Light Jet generation;
  • An expanded "Light-Sport Aircraft Mall, supported by Land Rover," showcasing the exciting new aircraft and flight rules that make personal flight even more affordable, easy, and fun;
  • Dedication of the EAA AirVenture Museum's dazzling new SpaceShipOne exhibit on Tuesday, July 25, at 9 a.m.;
  • The aviation-world premiere of the major motion picture, "Flyboys," on Wednesday, July 26;
  • Daily afternoon air shows with the world's finest civilian aerobatic pilots, more than 800 aviation exhibitors, and 500-plus forums, workshops and seminars;
  • Special activities for families and young people that help them discover and enjoy aviation, including the enormous KidVenture area;
  • More than 2,500 showplanes that include homebuilt aircraft, vintage models, ultralights, seaplanes and much more.

Even with all of the activities, EAA has held the line on admission prices to provide the best value for individuals and families. There are also special EAA-member discounts available on merchandise and food. In addition, Sunday, July 30, is "Wisconsin Day," where Wisconsin residents receive a $7 discount (22 percent) on the daily adult non-EAA member admission rate.

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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