Hundreds of aviation
enthusiasts from Australia and New Zealand will be making a joint
pilgrimage next July, landing in a 747 jetliner at EAA AirVenture
Oshkosh 2010, "The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration,"
in a group trip dubbed the "Oshkosh Express." AirVenture 2010,
the 58th annual EAA fly-in convention, will take place July 26-August 1
at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.
The Oshkosh Express
charter flights from "Down Under" first took place more than
20 years ago, but the 2010 charter is the first in a 747 since 1998.
Several hundred EAA members from that region of the globe are making the
long journey from their home countries to participate in what is
commonly known as "aviation’s family reunion."
"The enthusiasm of
those who were a part of past Oshkosh Express journeys made their
arrival a highlight of the year at Oshkosh," said Tom Poberezny,
EAA president and AirVenture chairman. "The ability to have such
charter flights also shows the draw EAA AirVenture and Oshkosh are for
people around the world. We welcome them and everyone with a passion for
flight to join us this summer along the flight line."
The Oshkosh Express group
will travel from Sydney, Australia to Auckland, New Zealand, then on to
Los Angeles before landing at AirVenture. They are expected to arrive at
Oshkosh on opening day – Monday, July 26 – in an Air New Zealand
747. They will stay throughout the week, and many of those visitors will
also extend their visits to the U.S. following AirVenture.
The Oshkosh Express is
organized by Avtours Australia, which organizes charters for aviation
groups throughout the year. More information about this year’s Oshkosh
trip can be found at the company’s website at www.avtours.com.au.
"A trip to Oshkosh is a dream for
anyone who loves airplanes and flying," said Bob Phillips of
Avtours Australia. "For many people joining us, it will be a
once-in-lifetime trip, made even more special by enjoying it with a
group of like-minded people from home. Oshkosh is famed for its
hospitality and we’re very excited to be part of the event in