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EAA to Honor Cherokee 50th with Mass Oshkosh Arrival

Piper stalwart to be celebrated with a 50-ship arrival


December 17, 2009 — One of the iconic general aviation airplanes of the past half-century, the Piper Cherokee, will be honored this summer at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration,” at Wittman Regional Airport on July 26-August 1. A mass arrival of 50 aircraft will kick off the golden anniversary event, with other activities and program included for Cherokee owners and enthusiasts throughout the week. All Piper Cherokee clubs and owners groups are invited to participate in the activities.

“There are just a few airplanes that are instantly recognizable as part of the flying community at nearly every airport, and the Piper Cherokee is among them,” said Tom Poberezny, EAA president and AirVenture chairman. “The design has been a part of aviation history for those learning to fly, enjoying the freedom of flight or using an aircraft as part of their business.”

The historic mass arrival of Cherokees on Friday, July 23, just before AirVenture’s opening day, is being organized by the Cherokees2Osh group and has already filled its maximum of 50 aircraft. All Cherokee owners and pilots are welcome to arrive at Oshkosh independently, however, and participate in all the other festivities. More information on the group and other activities is available at the group’s website at www.cherokees2osh.com .
The Cherokee received its type certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration in 1960 and was first shipped to the marketplace in 1961. More than 30,000 Cherokees and their direct descendants, the Piper Warrior and Arrow, have been built over the past 50 years.

“There’s no better place to bring together the greatest number of Cherokees for the airplanes’ 50th anniversary than Oshkosh,” said Terry Hocking of Nashwauk, Minn., who is a lead organizer of the celebration. “The Cherokee has been an important part of the aviation community for the past 50 years, so we’re looking forward a great reunion of aircraft and people at AirVenture in 2010.”

Additional highlights and details of the Cherokee 50th anniversary will be announced as they are finalized.

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