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

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

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.

Although the entire week is exciting, we'd recommend going earlier if you hate crowds, or later in the week if you seek the energy of the festival at full tilt. Saturday is "Super Saturday" at Oshkosh, where so much awesomeness goes down that we'd run out of bulletpoints before sharing all the aircraft and event highlights, so just go see for yourself (or check out the event listings on the official site). To get really down and dirty, pull up your sleeves to help build their "One Week Wonder," a kit aircraft that'll be completely constructed by volunteers and tested in just seven days.

Tickets to EAA AirVenture 2014 can be purchased both online and at the gate. It's $43 per person for a one-day ticket (or just $22 on the final day, August 3), but discounts are available for students, children and military/veterans. Purchase a $40 EAA membership to score the tickets for just $28. See the official website for daily activity listings and ticket purchases.

Can't make it? It's cool. While dreaming about the possibility of attending EAA AirVenture 2015, keep up with live photos by watching the #OSH14 hashtag on Instagram, webcams on the EAA site, and second-by-second tweets also using the #OSH14 hashtag on Twitter. Oh, and check out some of the awesome photos from Oshkosh past in our archives, and from our friend and Oshkosh buddy Ian Petchenik's Flickr.

Our video from EAA AirVenture 2012 with Southwest Air:

[Photos: Cynthia Drescher; Video: Joe Corrigan]

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