Artist rendering of
the new Brown Arch tribute area.
The original Brown
Arch was the traditional
entryway to the flightline.
Since the annual EAA fly-in arrived in
Oshkosh in 1970, the Brown Arch has been the traditional entryway to the
Oshkosh flightline. Millions of people have walked under the span to
discover innovation, imagination, and craftsmanship within the thousands
of airplanes beyond it, epitomizing the "Oshkosh experience."
Along with the renovation of EAA's
convention grounds, the Brown Arch is being transformed. A special tribute
area consisting of nearly 3,000 brick pavers has been designed to allow
members from around the world to leave their mark on Oshkosh. Located on
either side of the arch, between Wittman Road and the flightline, the
tribute area will provide a place to gather again after the long year
between each AirVenture Oshkosh experience to share your passion for
flight with friends and family. It will be a place to carve your message
in the earth for visitors in years to come to read.
The 3,000 tribute bricks, each measuring 4 square feet, feature a biplane outline made up of 160 bricks. Four compass
rose bricks-two flanking the north and two flanking the south-will make up
the biplane's cowling, and the centerpiece in the compass rose will be the
official National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration marker providing
the distance to flight's birthplace, Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
Don't miss this chance to leave your mark
in Oshkosh and share your message of inspiration and encouragement for all
to read. Each year, when you return, you can meet again at your paver and
relive the spirit of Oshkosh!
For more information about participating in
this perennial tribute, visit www.AirVenture.org/arch
or contact EAA's development office at 800-236-1025. Bricks ordered by
July 12, 2009, will be in place for AirVenture!