Possibly the largest gathering of DC-3 aircraft since the 1940s is committed to the aircraft's 75th anniversary commemoration during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, coming July 26-August 1 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.
That celebration includes what could be a 40-airplane mass arrival at Oshkosh on Monday, July 26 – the opening day of the 58th annual edition of AirVenture. Aircraft and DC-3 enthusiasts from around the world have already committed to participate in the event, including many aircraft that have never before been seen at Oshkosh.
"When we first suggested the DC-3 75th anniversary party, we thought as many as 25 aircraft might make for an outstanding program," said Tom Poberezny, EAA president and AirVenture chairman. "The response has been far beyond our greatest expectations and now will be one of the greatest aircraft reunions ever seen at Oshkosh, with more surprises to come."
Other activities honoring the DC-3 and its military cousins include an evening program at EAA's Theater in the Woods; a series of forums and presentations throughout the week at AirVenture; DC-3 aircraft flying skydiving teams during the afternoon air shows; special movie presentations at the Fly-In Theater; and other activities. A number of aviation personalities involved with the development and flight operations of the DC-3 will also be guests at AirVenture.
"We appreciate all the efforts of dedicated volunteers who are helping make this celebration possible," Poberezny said. "There is already an enormous 'buzz' around this once-in-a-lifetime event for the DC-3, and the military C-47 and R4D versions, which also fits very well with this year's 'Salute to Veterans' activities at Oshkosh."
Complete presentation schedules will be posted at www.airventure.org as they are finalized.