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Concorde Reunion highlights include forums, Wednesday evening program.

July 26, 2009 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin - Nearly a quarter century ago, British Airways’ Concorde passenger jet made a historic landing at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. That appearance, the first of five here for the supersonic transport, was a turning point for the aircraft and for EAA’s annual fly-in convention.

The Concordes are now retired and no longer flying, but the memories of those trips to Oshkosh are still vivid for many people. Those recollections and stories will be relived this year during the Concorde Reunion at AirVenture, honoring the 40th anniversary of the prototype Concorde’s first flight over Europe in 1969.

“Concorde’s visits changed the way EAA members looked at their event and the way the aviation world looked at Oshkosh,” said Tom Poberezny, EAA chairman and president. “We’re looking forward to seeing old friends once again and sharing stories about this magnificent airplane.”

Concorde made its first visit to Oshkosh in 1985 and returned to Wittman Regional Airport in 1988, 1990, 1994, and 1998. As hundreds of thousands of visitors got their first—and for many, only—close-up look at an SST, hundreds of others booked hour-long flights from Oshkosh.

A Concorde Reunion luncheon will be held on Wednesday, July 29, at the EAA Nature Center for flight crews involved with the Oshkosh appearances. Those who flew on the flights to Oshkosh or the local flights based at Oshkosh are also invited to attend. Make your reservations by e-mailing kphillip@eaa.org.

Other activities celebrating the Concorde include daily forums; an evening program on Wednesday, July 29, at Theater in the Woods featuring members of Concorde flight crews who came here; and showings of the 1985 Mach 2 to Oshkosh film, a first-person account by the late Bob Collins, longtime EAA member and Chicago-area radio personality.

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