July 27, 2009 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin - Every
year Oshkosh can claim to have the most diverse and unmatched collection
of aircraft on the planet. This year is no exception, so let’s take a
peek at what’s in store for the week.
Virgin Galactic mother ship (VMS) Eve (July
27-August 1): Born as WhiteKnightTwo, VMS Eve is the next generation of
civilian space carrier vehicles.
Airbus A380 (July 28-31): The world’s
largest passenger airliner, which will also be open for public tours
during its stay in Oshkosh.
Erickson S-64F Air-Crane Helitanker Elvis (all
week): A heavy-duty, twinengine firefighting helicopter that will make
1934 Klemm mission aircraft and Comper Swift
(all week): Shipped from Australia, these airplanes are associated with
the Fly for Life public-benefit aviation program.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Predator B
(all week): Unmanned aerial platform technology on display at the Federal
U.S. Air Force C-5M (July 31-August 2): The
newest upgrade of the USAF’s huge cargo aircraft.
Avro Lancaster bomber (July 27-31): World War
II bomber in Oshkosh to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of flight in
Silver Dart replica (all week): A faithful
re-creation of the aircraft that made the first flight in Canada back in
1909 Wright B Flyer replica (all week): A
flying example of the Wright brothers’ second-generation aircraft,
direct from Dayton, Ohio.
U.S. Air Force Thunderbird F-16 (July 26-27):
A brief stay at Oshkosh for one of the famous performers.
Lockheed P-38 Ruff Stuff (all week): A rare
flying example of the World War II aircraft that changed the tide of the
war in the Pacific theater.
Japanese Zero: Vintage warbird rarely seen in
the United States.
1932 Pitcairn PA-18 Autogiro (all week): The
world’s only flying example of this forerunner of the modern helicopter.
Electric aircraft/flying cars: The latest
technologies from a variety of companies showcasing what’s ahead.
Grimes Flying Lab: One-of-a-kind airplane that
played a key role in aircraft lighting development.
Aircraft type anniversaries celebrated this
year include the 80th for the Pietenpol Air Camper, 60th for the T-28
warbirds military trainer, and the 50th for the Cessna 150/152.