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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh RSS FeedAffordable Family Fun Abounds at AirVenture Oshkosh

EAA's KidVenture allows young people to explore the fascinating world of aviation.

The amazing wall of fire is a sensory explosion.

Jam-packed, affordable family fun spanning seven days awaits attendees of all ages at EAA AirVenture 2010, "The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration," July 26-August 1 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.

Whether you're an aviation enthusiast or an aviation novice, EAA AirVenture has something for you. A week-long "Salute to Veterans" commemoration will feature numerous festivities honoring their service and sacrifice in defending freedom. A rare Night Air Show, complete with the explosive "Wall of Fire" and fireworks, caps off a memorable final evening on Saturday, July 31. And it all wraps up with "Family Day" on Sunday, August 1, when all children ages 18 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult on the day featuring "the world's greatest aircraft departure show."

"The variety and enormity of features, programs, and entertainment options offered at AirVenture provide you maximum return on your dollar," said Tom Poberezny, EAA chairman/president and AirVenture chairman. "No matter what your age, you'll be entertained, informed, and thrilled by the countless activities available to you that reflect the spirit of aviation all around AirVenture."

Other featured attractions at EAA AirVenture 2010 that will entertain the whole family include:

  • Daily Air Shows: Each afternoon around 3 p.m., some of the world's finest aerobatic performers showcase their talents along the flight line. Watch pilots bring out their best in front of peers in the aerobatic community as well as perhaps the most aviation-savvy audience in the world.
  • Past, Present and Future of Flight: From vintage, homebuilts, and World War II warbirds to electric aircraft and flying cars, the past, present and future of flight will be displayed. Events throughout the week will celebrate the 75th anniversaries of two significant U.S. aircraft, the Boeing B-17 bomber and the Douglas DC-3.
  • KidVenture: Located at Pioneer Airport, children can build model rockets and balsa planes, fly in a high-tech flight simulator, try their hand at flying a control-line model, and meet aviation legends.
  • KidVenture Gallery at the AirVenture Museum: Hands-on fun in every exhibit, including simulators and more than half-dozen separate aircraft cockpits. The 3,000-square foot gallery is a fun-filled way to increase young people's knowledge and enthusiasm in the thrilling world of flight.
  • "Little Wings ... Big Dreams, Sport Aviation in Miniature" at AirVenture Museum: Opened in March 2010, the year-long exhibit highlights the incredible craftsmanship and ingenuity of model aircraft builders of various disciplines. Many EAA members are active modelers, some getting their start in aviation by creating miniature aircraft before expanding their expertise to full-size aircraft.
  • Mass Hot-Air Balloon Launches: Between 6-7 a.m. on Saturday, July 31, and Sunday, August 1, as many as 15 to 20 hot-air balloons will rise over AirVenture (weather permitting).
  • Children's Activity Hangar: Age-appropriate aviation activities for children ages 3-7.
  • Runway 5K Run/Walk: Held at 7 a.m. on Saturday, July 31, participants will run or walk the 3.1-mile route around "EAA's North 40" on Wittman Road to benefit the Oshkosh YMCA and EAA joint youth programs.

And Much, Much More: Nightly movies, forums, and concerts at the Ford Fly-In Theater and Theater in the Woods, included with admission, and the appearance of the iconic "Spirit of Goodyear" blimp.

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