This year's Oshkosh event had it all... drama, excitement,
triumph, tragedy, and big-time fireworks! The final attendance
figures released by EAA showed 535,000 attendees, a decrease of 7
percent from 2009.
"We had expected to have a slightly lower attendance figure this
year after last year's blockbuster event," Poberezny said. "This
year's weather challenges early in the week also had an effect. The
second half of the week, however, was outstanding, especially with
such activities as those on Saturday that included the night air
show. We were not only very pleased with the attendance figures,
but also with the positive response and the upbeat spirit from all
those who attended."
In total, more than 10,000 aircraft arrived at Wittman Regional
Airport in Oshkosh and other airports in east-central Wisconsin.
There were 2,380 showplanes, including 1,106 homebuilt aircraft,
635 vintage airplanes, 374 warbirds, 115 ultralights, 120 seaplanes
and 30 rotorcraft.
Next year's event is slated for July 25-31 and Poberezny
promises excitement. "While we'll continue to develop programs and
activities in the coming months, AirVenture has already been
designated a major event by the U.S. Navy for its Centennial of
Naval Aviation celebration in 2011... The overwhelming positive
response to our inaugural night air show on July 31 also solidifies
our plan to do it again next year. We already have ideas to make it
even better in 2011. Our goal is to make next year's AirVenture to
be an event that you don't want to miss."
Yes... it was the night airshow that had everyone talking...
while things like this have happened before, rarely have they been
pulled off so well -- and so brightly! It had it all....
monoplanes, warbirds, biplanes, twins, jet sailplanes(!!!), and a
magnificent fireworks display.
The only thing louder than the aerobatics and fireworks was the
reaction of the crowd... who plainly loved it. Herewith, we're
pleased to present an Aero-TV overview of the brightest night at