The EAA has announced that the centennial of World War 1 aviation will be a major part of the 2016 AirVenture fly-in this summer.
Museums and collections throughout the U.S are scheduled to participate, including the Golden Age Air Museum in Pennsylvania, the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome in New York and the Collings Foundation of Massachusetts. Fokker, Sopwith and Spad aircraft will reportedly be on display, as well as a newly restored 1909 Curtiss Pusher.
Flying demonstrations will be held on the morning of Wednesday, July 27 and Saturday, July 30 and following the daily afternoon air show on Monday, July 25, and Thursday, July 28. The machines will also be on static display throughout the week near the Vintage Aircraft Association “Red Barn” headquarters.
Rick Larsen, EAA’s vice president of communities and member programs, states:
“Our goal is to create an event that will allow those at Oshkosh to see more than antique airplanes on the ground,” Larsen said. “We want people to feel and better understand the technology, dangers, and romance of the era that brought us such legendary aviation figures as Eddie Rickenbacker and the Red Baron.”
VirVenture 2016 will be held from July 25-31 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.