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The Greatest Airshow on Earth

8/11/2015 • Aviation History Magazine

The Aviation History team traveled to Oshkosh, Wis., for the annual EAA AirVenture show, and captured some dynamite images. Here’s a small selection…

History comes in many forms, like this Beachcraft V35A Bonanza built in 1969 taxiing past the Cavanaugh Flight Museum's FG-1D Corsair.
History comes in many forms, like this Beachcraft V35A Bonanza built in 1969 taxiing past the Cavanaugh Flight Museum's FG-1D Corsair.

Canadian Warbird Heritage brought their stunning Avro Lancaster Mk.X, one of only two flying today.
Canadian Warbird Heritage brought their stunning Avro Lancaster Mk.X, one of only two flying today.

Airshow legend Patty Wagstaff put her Extra 330 through its paces.
Airshow legend Patty Wagstaff put her Extra 330 through its paces.

A warbird from a different era, this gleaming F-100F Super Saber brought the crowd to its feet.
A warbird from a different era, this gleaming F-100F Super Saber brought the crowd to its feet.

Aerobatic master Sean D. Tucker corkscrews through his performance profile.
Aerobatic master Sean D. Tucker corkscrews through his performance profile.

Size doesn't matter.
Size doesn't matter.

Still the only flying B-29 Superfortress, "FIFI" thunders into town.
Still the only flying B-29 Superfortress, "FIFI" thunders into town.

This restored A-4B Skyhawk wears the markings of the A-4C flown by Lt. Cdr. Ted "T.R." Swartz. On May 1, 1967, Swartz shot down a MIG-17 over North Vietnam with an unguided ZUNI rocket.
This restored A-4B Skyhawk wears the markings of the A-4C flown by Lt. Cdr. Ted "T.R." Swartz. On May 1, 1967, Swartz shot down a MIG-17 over North Vietnam with an unguided ZUNI rocket.

The world’s only flying Consolidated Vultee PB4Y-2 “Privateer” turned a few heads.
The world’s only flying Consolidated Vultee PB4Y-2 “Privateer” turned a few heads.

The cockpit of the C-47 "That's all Brother" still needs a lot of work, but it will surely be worth it.
The cockpit of the C-47 "That's all Brother" still needs a lot of work, but it will surely be worth it.

The F-22 Raptor's first appearance at AirVenture brought the team demo pilot, Maj.  John Cummins, back to familiar skies. Maj. Cummins hails from nearby Appleton, WI.
The F-22 Raptor's first appearance at AirVenture brought the team demo pilot, Maj. John Cummins, back to familiar skies. Maj. Cummins hails from nearby Appleton, WI.

Maj. Cummins gives the crowd a quick peek inside the weapons bays of the Raptor.
Maj. Cummins gives the crowd a quick peek inside the weapons bays of the Raptor.

Attendance at AirVenture 2015 was about 550,000 for the week, the highest since 2005.
Attendance at AirVenture 2015 was about 550,000 for the week, the highest since 2005.

It wasn't all about the military as this beautiful replica Curtiss-Wright Travel Air 12-W, can attest.
It wasn't all about the military as this beautiful replica Curtiss-Wright Travel Air 12-W, can attest.

"Baby Duck," the Warbird Heritage Foundation's P-51D, bears the markings of 14.5 victory ace Capt. Herbert Kolb.
"Baby Duck," the Warbird Heritage Foundation's P-51D, bears the markings of 14.5 victory ace Capt. Herbert Kolb.

Once a year this relatively small airfield becomes the busiest airport in the world.
Once a year this relatively small airfield becomes the busiest airport in the world.

Texas Flying Legend's A6M2 was resurrected from a small island south of Bougainville in the South Pacific that was used by the Imperial Japanese Naval and Army Air Forces. It is one of the very few actual "Zero" fighters left in the world that still fly.
Texas Flying Legend's A6M2 was resurrected from a small island south of Bougainville in the South Pacific that was used by the Imperial Japanese Naval and Army Air Forces. It is one of the very few actual "Zero" fighters left in the world that still fly.

The F-22, F-35 and the venerable B-52 all saw the Oshkosh ramp for the first time.
The F-22, F-35 and the venerable B-52 all saw the Oshkosh ramp for the first time.

AirVenture 2015 included 2,668 'Showplaces' of all types, homebuilt, vintage airplanes, warbirds, ultralights and light-sport aircraft, seaplanes, rotorcraft, aerobatic aircraft, and Goodyear's newest airship, Wingfoot One.
AirVenture 2015 included 2,668 'Showplaces' of all types, homebuilt, vintage airplanes, warbirds, ultralights and light-sport aircraft, seaplanes, rotorcraft, aerobatic aircraft, and Goodyear's newest airship, Wingfoot One.

 

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