Sat, Dec 12, 2009
Charter Flight Making Its First Trip To Wisconsin In 12
Does winter's chill have you pining for central Wisconsin in
July? Well even though it's summertime South of the equator,
hundreds of aviation enthusiasts from Australia and New Zealand are
planning a joint pilgrimage next July, landing in a 747 jetliner at
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010, "The World's Greatest Aviation
Celebration," in a group trip dubbed the "Oshkosh Express."
AirVenture 2010, the 58th annual EAA fly-in convention, will take
place July 26-August 1 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.
The Oshkosh Express charter flights from "Down Under" first took
place more than 20 years ago, but the 2010 charter is the first in
a 747 since 1998. Several hundred EAA members from that
region of the globe are making the long journey from their home
countries to participate in what is commonly known as "aviation's
"The enthusiasm of those who were a part of past Oshkosh Express
journeys made their arrival a highlight of the year at Oshkosh,"
said Tom Poberezny, EAA president and AirVenture chairman.
"The ability to have such charter flights also shows the draw EAA
AirVenture and Oshkosh are for people around the world. We
welcome them and everyone with a passion for flight to join us this
summer along the flight line."
The Oshkosh Express group will travel from Sydney, Australia to
Auckland, New Zealand, then on to Los Angeles before landing at
AirVenture. They are expected to arrive at Oshkosh on opening
day - Monday, July 26 - in an Air New Zealand 747. They will
stay throughout the week, and many of those visitors will also
extend their visits to the U.S. following AirVenture.
"A trip to Oshkosh is a dream for anyone who loves airplanes and
flying," said Bob Phillips of Avtours Australia. "For many
people joining us, it will be a once-in-lifetime trip, made even
more special by enjoying it with a group of like-minded people from
home. Oshkosh is famed for its hospitality and we're very
excited to be part of the event
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