More than 300,000 people and 10,000 planes will invade Oshkosh, Wisconsin this week for the Experimental Aircraft Association’s annual week long AirVenture fly-in. Not only is it massivethe largest of its kind in the world–but it’s also one of the most unique.

 In a 10-minute walk on Sunday, we passed:

  • Doc, a Boeing B-29 Superfortress–one of only two B29s still flying. The other, Fifi, is scheduled to arrive on Monday.

  • Dick Rutan, an aviator who piloted the Voyager aircraft to a record-breaking, non-stop flight around the world. Rutan was on a stage, sharing his stories to a good-sized crowd!
  • A costume party
  • A maze of tents, some positioned directly under airplane wings for added shade

  • and, a roadie crew setting up for the evening’s concert

That took just 10 minutes; the AirVenture covers miles! EAA deems it “the world’s greatest aviation celebration” …  and it certainly lives up to the billing.

 EAA AirVenture Fast Facts:

  • EAA size: More than 200,000 members and nearly 1,000 chapters worldwide.
  • EAA organized: 1953 in Milwaukee, WI
  • First EAA fly-in at Oshkosh: 1970 (in Rockford, IL 1959-69)
  • Aircraft: More than 10,000 (world’s busiest airport this week)
  • Show planes: More than 2,800
  • Commercial exhibitors: More than 800
  • Forums and workshops: More than 1,000