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A380 Coming to Oshkosh!
All eyes will be on the flightline Tuesday, July 28,
when the Airbus A380 arrives to open the daily
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh air show. It’s the first
opportunity in North America for the general public
to see the mammoth airliner—the world’s largest—up
close on static display and in flight.
“The A380 represents an amazing feat of aircraft design, engineering, and construction, and it will hold
the distinction of being the largest passenger aircraft
ever to have filled our sky and rolled onto our ramp,”
said Tom Poberezny, EAA chairman and president.
“AirVenture Oshkosh celebrates aviation’s pioneering spirit and the various demonstrations of that spirit,
large and small. With the A380 coming, I’d say we have
the ‘large’ base covered this year.”
Prior to landing, the A380 will perform a flight demonstration to kick off the air show, then the massive
bird will dominate AirVenture’s main aircraft showcase
area, AeroShell Square, through Friday, July 31. Again
leading off the air show that day, the A380 will take off
and perform a flight demonstration before departing.
“The Airbus team is grateful to EAA for hosting the
A380 this summer,” said Airbus Americas Chairman T.
Allan McArtor. “We have been looking forward to bringing the aircraft to AirVenture, where the innovative accomplishments of global aviation take the spotlight.”
Aircraft Groups to Gather for Oshkosh Journey
As aircraft from around the world make their way
to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this summer, hundreds of aviators gather together to arrive at Wittman Regional Airport in flocks of kindred aircraft, creating their own communities along the flightline.
Groups scheduled to arrive en masse at Oshkosh in
2009 include Cessna 150s and 152s, in honor of the
Cessna 150’s 50th anniversary; Beechcraft Bonanzas
(Bonanzas to Oshkosh); Cessnas (Cessnas 2 Oshkosh);
Mooneys (Mooney Caravan); Piper Comanches; and
custom-built Van’s RV airplanes. In addition, groups of
warbirds such as the T- 6, T- 28, T- 34, and Nanchang Red
Stars will arrive as groups during the afternoon air show
on Monday, July 27.
Many people come to Oshkosh early just to see these
mass arrivals, scheduled July 24-26 and coordinated between EAA, FAA, and the individual aircraft groups. Pilots in the mass arrivals receive thorough briefings prior
to arriving at Oshkosh, and scheduled arrivals could be
altered due to weather or other factors.
Here’s the current schedule of EAA AirVenture mass arrivals:
• Friday, July 24, 10 a.m. - Cessna 150/152
• Saturday, July 25, 1 p.m. - Beech Bonanzas
• Saturday, July 25, 2: 30 p.m. - Cessnas
• Saturday, July 25, 4 p.m. - Mooneys
• Sunday, July 26, 11: 30 a.m. - Piper Comanches
• Sunday, July 26, 1: 30 p.m. - Van’s RVs
• Monday, July 27, 3: 30 p.m. - T- 6, T- 28, T- 34, Nanchang Red Stars