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EAA AirVenture 2007: The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration - You've Gotta Be There July 23-29!

Aviation innovation, heritage and fun showcased throughout the grounds

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. - (July 10, 2007) — Aviation enthusiasts from around the world are counting the days until EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration, July 23-29 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. The 55th 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 more than 600,000 visitors from 65 nations.

"Simply put, Oshkosh is the place to be for anyone who enjoys flight, innovation and the best aviators' gathering in the world,"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 2007 will offer more than ever before, from nearly 1,000 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 encore concert by the Beach Boys on Monday, July 23, at 5:30 p.m., immediately following the opening day's afternoon air show. This concert is presented by Eclipse Aviation, Ford Motor Company, and Innovative Solutions & Support.

EAA AirVenture 2007's features and attractions include:

  • F-22 "Raptors," the U.S. Air Force's newest front-line fighter jet, that will be on display and flying on Thursday through Sunday, July 26-29;
  • The sleek and mysterious U-2 spyplane, that will be on display on AirVenture's showcase AeroShell Square;
  • 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 27-28;
  • The Goodyear Blimp, one of the world's most recognizable aircraft, on ground display and in flight demonstrations on July 23-27;
  • Military aircraft such as the Harrier jump jet, C-17 transport, and A-10, F-16 and F/A-18 fighters, plus special fly-bys of the B-1 and B-2 bombers, F-117 stealth fighters, and other activities in honor of the U.S. Air Force's 60th anniversary;
  • A variety of special programs, from the 75th anniversary of Beechcraft airplanes and the 60th anniversary of its famed Bonanza model, to introductions of several new airplanes by manufacturers from around the world throughout the week;
  • A brand new "Learn To Fly Center," hosted by EAA and the National Association of Flight Instructors, that opens the world of flight to those who have only dreamed of flying in the past;
  • Daily afternoon air shows with the world's finest civilian aerobatic pilots, more than 800 aviation exhibitors, and nearly 1,000 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.

With all of the activities, EAA is an outstanding value for individuals and families. An EAA membership supplies even more value, with special EAA-member discounts available on merchandise and food.

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 www.eaa.org. EAA AirVenture information is also available through the World Wide Web at www.airventure.org.

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