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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh RSS FeedWhiteKnightTwo to Fly Four Times at AirVenture
When WhiteKnightTwo (Virgin Galactic Mothership "Eve") makes several low passes upon arrival at Oshkosh on Monday afternoon, July 27, it will be the first of four scheduled flight demonstrations during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009 by the aircraft. Monday's air show-opening arrival will also be WK2's first appearance before a general-public audience.

Another significant first occurs the next day (Tuesday, July 28) during WK2's second flight demonstration. Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin group, will be a crewmember in the aircraft, marking his first-ever flight aboard an aerospace vehicle developed for his Virgin Galactic space tourism enterprise.

Additional flight demonstrations are scheduled for Thursday, July 30, and Saturday, August 1 - immediately preceding WK2's departure before the air show. When parked on AeroShell Square, AirVenture attendees can experience up-close the unique, groundbreaking aircraft that will lift SpaceShipTwo and its passengers to altitude for launch into suborbital space.

Here is the complete itinerary for WhiteKnightTwo at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009 (all times Central Daylight Time):

  • Monday, July 27
    2:30 p.m. - Arrival and flight demo kicks off opening-day air show
    5:30 p.m. - Virgin Galactic presentation on AeroShell Square concert stage
  • Tuesday, July 28
    10 a.m. - Virgin Galactic and Scaled Composites forum, Honda Forums Mainstage
    12:45 p.m. - VG/Scaled preflight news conference on AeroShell Square
    2:15 p.m. - WK2 demo flight with Sir Richard Branson onboard as crewmember.
    2:35 p.m. - Postflight statements on AeroShell Square
  • Thursday, July 30
    2:30 p.m. WK2 flight demo, AeroShell Square
  • Saturday, August 1
    10 a.m. - WK2 low passes and departure

FUTURE AIRVENTURE DATES: 2014: July 28-Aug. 3; 2015: July 20-26; 2016: July 25-31; 2017: July 24-30
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