EAA AirVenture 2014 Takes Off on Monday

 - July 24, 2014, 2:30 PM

The annual EAA AirVenture show officially opens on Monday in Oshkosh, Wis., at Wittman Regional Airport, but aviation enthusiasts are already streaming into the airport ahead of the show.

This year’s show features plenty of excitement, including the Air Force Thunderbirds’ first Oshkosh appearance, NASA’s high-altitude WB-57, arrival of the first production HondaJet, Sonex’s SubSonex personal jet, Nextant’s G90XT cockpit mockup, Cessna’s new Citation CJ3+, celebration of the 50th anniversary of the King Air, the Valdez STOL demonstration of incredible short-field airplanes and Monday’s opening-night concert with Kenny Loggins and Blue Sky Riders.

This year, the famous central arena is named Boeing Plaza, and the company is displaying its EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft demonstration trailer. On July 31, the annual Gathering of Eagles dinner and auction features a one-of-a-kind F-35 Lightning II Ford Mustang, which celebrates the car’s 50th anniversary; proceeds help fund EAA youth aviation programs. There will be no shortage of fascinating innovations, new aircraft, avionics and other aviation-related products and gadgets at AirVenture 2014, and AIN will provide full coverage of the show beginning Monday July 28, including daily AIN News Live e-newsletters and comprehensive online coverage.