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Rod Hightower
"It was another great AirVenture ... I promise that together we will make 2013 an even better AirVenture at Oshkosh," said EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower. (photo by Jason Toney)
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Plenty of smiles were to be found at AirVenture 2012. (photo by Craig Vander Kolk)

AirVenture Facts and Figures

On Tuesday morning, EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower thanked volunteers, exhibitors, air show performers and EAA staff for a successful AirVenture Oshkosh 2012.

"It was another great AirVenture," Hightower said. "Record heat early in the week, and a passing thunderstorm or two during the week, were the kind of challenges we expect and prepare for, and everyone handled the situation well."

"On Wednesday, we matched an all-time record for airplane movements with just over 2,000 takeoffs and landings here at Oshkosh," he added. "And Saturday's Rockwell Collins Night Air Show with the spectacular fireworks brought in more people than ever before."

Despite the continuing economic recession and aviation fuel prices lingering at historically high levels, preliminary information shows attendance at AirVenture was near the record levels of 2011.

"We attacked the issues of mud and dust in the campground and all over the field and made substantial progress," Hightower said. "And for the first time we have a restaurant and store on the North 40 airplane camping area. People had asked for those changes for years, and we delivered."

The daily air show was a new expanded mix of aircraft with extended warbird performances along with the traditional aerobatic acts. And for the first time, Navy F-18 Super Hornets performed over Wittman Regional Airport - flying the same style of high-energy "tactical demonstration" action that you would see at the major international air shows.

"I can't thank our EAA volunteers and staff enough," Hightower said. "AirVenture is so vast and there are so many activities going on simultaneously that we couldn't possibly host the world's greatest aviation event year after year without the tireless efforts of everyone involved.

"It's not too early to start making plans for next year. AirVenture is a little later in the year in 2013, opening on July 29 and running through August 4. I promise that together we will make 2013 an even better AirVenture at Oshkosh."


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