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A Quick and Dirty First Timer's Guide to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014

July 30, 2014 at 2:23 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you're the sort of person who looks up to the sky at the sound of an aircraft engine, prepare to be nearly catatonic for hours every day at OSH.

"OSH" is the airport code for Oshkosh, Wisconsin's Wittman Regional Airport and the common term for the event formally titled EAA AirVenture, a massive aviation celebration of 10,000 airplanes and half a million people who swamp the tiny town for one week every summer. That week happens to be this week, july 28 - August 3, and we cannot stress hard enough the awesomeness of it all. You should go, if you aren't there already. Make it a long weekend, a day trip, whatever—just make it happen.

Should you heed our advice to give AirVenture 2014 a go, these are the quick and dirty tips to getting to the most of OSH:

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Find Out Exactly What It's Like to Fly with Dusty in 'Planes: Fire & Rescue'

July 18, 2014 at 2:58 PM | by | Comments (0)

Disney fans and wannabe firefighting pilots will all be able to experience what it's like to put out wildfires in the extreme wilderness, just like Dusty and his friends do in Planes: Fire & Rescue.

Flight simulator manufacturer Redbird has created a simulator in support of the movie that provides an authentic and challenging flight experience. As pilots are put in the air with water tanker Dusty, they are tasked with putting out a fire near "Piston Peak" National Park.

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Plan Now for the 'World's Greatest Aviation Celebration': Oshkosh 2014

July 7, 2014 at 6:51 PM | by | Comments (0)

For one week this summer—July 28 - August 3—the busiest control tower in the world will be the one at a small regional airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

What's so cool about Oshkosh, exactly? Well, all that week runs the "world's greatest aviation celebration," called EAA AirVenture (colloquially just "Oshkosh"), and tens of thousands of participating aircraft take to the skies and ground at OSH. The impressive numbers of flying machines and visitors (nearly half a million!) bestows upon Oshkosh's Wittman Regional Airport that superlative title and, for a brief summer week, all eyes are on the Midwest.

Although we flew in 2 years ago, last year we road-tripped up from Chicago to see if doing Oshkosh in a day would be possible. And it totally is. Three hours driving each way, $35 in gas, a pit stop to buy cheese curds, $10 in parking at Oshkosh and lots of listening to Sirius radio was all it took to spend the day amongst fields of aircraft (from brand new Honda private jets to vintage warplanes) and under loop-de-loops of the nearly constant aerobatic action.

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Video Interlude: Wisconsin Welcomes with a Little 'Airplane!' Action

March 13, 2014 at 2:51 PM | by | Comment (1)

Thinking of where to go this spring and summer—how about Wisconsin? Okay, we understand that it might not have the appeal of the Caribbean or Europe, but their latest tourism campaign has put the state back on our radar.

Take a break from the cubicle this morning and watch the tourism board’s latest attempt at humor and getting visitors into the state. They do their best to do a little remake of Airplane! complete with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Robert Hays doing their thing.

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Foreign Grocery Friday: The Cheese Curds of Wisconsin

August 9, 2013 at 1:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

When we travel, one of our favorite things to do is to pop into a local grocery store and check out the food products and candies we'd never find anywhere else. So we're trying out this new feature, Foreign Grocery Friday, where each week we'll feature some of our (and your) favorite overseas treats. Got a recommendation? Let us know!

There may be many great motivations to head up into Wisconsin (like last week's Oshkosh's annual mega airshow), but no matter the reason you've got to stop for cheese curds.

Ignore the souvenir shops just off the expressway, each packed with overpriced foam hats shaped like cheese wedges, and instead take an exit and head to the town's market. Cheese curds live with other cheese products in dairy departments, but differ in that they're ideal finger foods, snacks, and tasty without the addition of anything else.

The fresher the curds, the squeakier they'll be.

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15,000 People Crowded a Special Preview of Disney's 'Planes' Movie

August 5, 2013 at 10:27 AM | by | Comments (0)

15,000 people saw the Disney movie "Planes" before you, but how can that be? The 3D animated film, which follows the (mis)adventures of a cropduster airplane named "Dusty" in his quest to become a race plane, doesn't debut until this Friday, August 9.

It's also been announced that "Planes" will make special, in-flight premieres onboard both American Airlines and Qantas.

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10,000 Airplanes and One Massive Party Await You This Week in Oshkosh, WI

July 31, 2013 at 12:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

What are you doing this weekend?

Wait—don't answer, because if it's not "heading to Oshkosh, Wisconsin," then it's the wrong reply. What's so cool about Oshkosh, exactly? Well, all this week runs the "world's greatest aviation celebration," called EAA AirVenture, and this weekend will see the bulk of the tens of thousands of participating aircraft in the skies and on the ground at OSH. The impressive numbers of flying machines and visitors (nearly half a million!) bestows upon Oshkosh's Wittman Regional Airport the title of busiest control tower in the world for the week of the festival.

Although we flew in last year, this time we road-tripped up from Chicago to see if doing Oshkosh in a day would be possible. And it totally is. Three hours driving each way, $35 in gas, a pit stop to buy cheese curds, $10 in parking at Oshkosh and lots of listening to Sirius radio was all it took to spend the day amongst fields of aircraft (from brand new Honda private jets to vintage warplanes) and under loop-de-loops of the nearly constant aerobatic action.

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At Wisconsin's Pure Water Days: So. Much. Free. Beer.

August 13, 2012 at 3:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

Here at Jaunted, we spend considerable time and (virtual) ink drooling over weird festivals. So, this summer, we've decided to visit a few. Today Lara Zielin reports back from the Pure Water Days beer fest in Chippewa Falls, WI.

Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin was once little more than a scar on the terrain—a place where the trees were ripped up by hardy loggers, then rolled downriver and shipped far afield.

Much of that changed when Jacob Leinenkugel, a Bavarian immigrant and brewer, descended on the town in 1866 and started making beer using the clear, cold spring water on site. First, the loggers drank the beer. Then everyone else started drinking the beer, which is still true today, especially during the town’s Pure Water Days festival.

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Two Excellent Reasons to Hit Wisconsin This Weekend: Beer and Cheese Curds

August 10, 2012 at 3:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

Jack Dawson was born in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. You know, that guy from Titanic? The guy Rose says there’s no room for on the door at the end?

Jack was escaping this small Wisconsin town for bigger—and ultimately colder—adventures, but if he’d just hung around long enough, he could have attended the town’s annual Pure Water Days Festival, which is probably better than any party his pals threw in steerage.

This weekend, August 10-12, this once lumber- and railroad-dependent town will celebrate its history sprouting up from the banks of the Chippewa River, the source of all that pure water. These days, said water is used for many things, among them Leinenkugel’s beer, which is headquartered in Chippewa Falls.

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Photos and Video: Up, Up and Over Wisconsin in a 1929 Ford Tri-Motor Airplane

August 1, 2012 at 1:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

It has always been said that the state of Ohio is the "birthplace of aviation" (it also happens to the birthplace of your intrepid editor. Coincidence? I think not). Still, head some 40 minutes north of the state line and up into Michigan, and you'll hit a town that serves as the birthplace of the automotive industry.

It's Dearborn, MI, the international home of the Ford Motor Company and former location of Ford Airport, site of many firsts: first U.S. airport hotel, first concrete runway, first U.S. scheduled passenger service, first contracted airmail service, first radio control for a commercial flight and first U.S. passenger terminal. Though the airfield is no more, the planes that earned their wings on it are, somewhat miraculously, still flying.

Around 18 of the 199 Ford Tri-Motors originally produced still have the sun glinting off their corrugated metal wings, the wind through their three radial engines. And two of these 18 were present at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012, offering rides for $80 per person this past weekend. You know we had to.

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The EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012 Air Show, in Instagram

July 31, 2012 at 11:37 AM | by | Comments (0)

Admit it. You'll ogle aircraft at any available opportunity. We understand. There is help out there for you...in the form of yet more airplane porn from our day at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012.

In addition to the slew of pro photos and slick video, we of course shot from the hip with an iPhone 4S, uploading to Instagram all the live-long day.

Understanding that not everyone has Instagram (get it & get it now!) and it can be trying to keep up with all images in a constantly flowing stream of visual candy, we've included most (but not all!) of our Oshkosh Instagrams from this past weekend. Check 'em out:

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Jaunted at Oshkosh: Inside One Crazy Day at 'Aviation's Greatest Celebration'

July 30, 2012 at 11:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

Oshkosh, Wisconsin's Wittman Regional Airport has no regularly scheduled flights. And yet it manages to rack up over 90,000 landings every year. It has no impressive passenger terminal. And yet it counts visitors in the millions. What OSH does have, you see, is EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, a massive aviation celebration that swamps the tiny town for one week every summer.

At 8am this past Saturday we landed right in the thick of things, arriving on one of Southwest Airlines' newest, shiniest Boeing 737-700s after a quickie flight up from Chicago-Midway International. Here we could type a slew of fawning adjectives to describe our day (not even a full day!) spent zipping from the expansive cockpits of military transports to reclining in the slim leather seats of private props, but luckily a simple word—a word we maybe whispered and shouted a thousand times at OSH—sums it up: awesome.

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