The countdown to AirVenture is getting shorter with each passing minute! We’re celebrating with our favorite videos from previous years. Each year, AirVenture brings together such a diverse mix of aircraft, performers, and fans. There is really no other event like it in the world!
Here are our 20 favorite videos from EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016! If you want to skip ahead, just go ahead and check out our EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016 playlist that features all 49 of our videos from the show.
20. Mass Arrivals at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016 – Sunday
19. USAF C-5M Super Galaxy Arrival – EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016
18. Boeing 747-8F Maximum Performance Departure – EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016
17. F-16 Fighting Falcon Full Demo and Heritage Flight w/ P-51 – EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016
16. Warbird Extravaganza! Jets, Fighters, and Bombers – EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016
15. Minimum Interval Departures – Sunday Part 1 – EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016
14. Seaplane Base and Martin Mars – EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016
13. Helmet Cam! MiG-17 and F-86 Sabre Formation – EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016
12. F-4 Phantom Helmet Cam – Two-Ship Airshow Demo and Departure – EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016
11. Texas Flying Legends (B-25, Spitfire, F4U, P-51, P-40, F4F) with Pyro! – EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016
10. U-2 Dragon Lady Flyover – EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016
9. US Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet Twilight Demonstration – EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016
8. F-16 Cockpit Cam – Aerobatics and Heritage Flight w/P-51 Mustang – EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016
7. Cockpit/Swimmer Cam – US Coast Guard MH-65 SAR Demo – EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016
6. F-15C Eagle Flybys – EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016
5. Canadian Forces Snowbirds – Arrivals – EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016
4. Mass 34-Ship RV Flyovers – EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016
3.Two-ship US Coast Guard SAR Demo – EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016
2. Martin Mars – Water Bombing Demo And Flybys – EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016
1. Two-Ship F-4 Phantom Takeoff and Flybys – EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016
Still haven’t got enough OSHKOSH? Watch over 5 hours of video in our Mega Compilation!
That’s right, our annual EAA AirVenture Oshkosh mega-compilation video is up, and this year it is nearly six hours long! This video combines all of our ground footage from the show into one long masterpiece, sure to please any aviation fan. The videos are in roughly sequential order, so you start out with the chaos of mass aircraft arrivals on the Sunday before the show. As the week progresses you’ll see more arrivals, portions of the airshow, and then mass departures as everyone reluctantly bids Wittman Regional Airport farewell and heads home.
Airshow performances include the US Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon demonstration team, the USAF Heritage Flight, the US Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet demonstration, the arrival of the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, a Martin Mars water drop, the final Oshkosh appearance of USAF F-4 Phantom IIs, flybys from a USAF U-2 Dragon Lady, F-15 Eagle, and A-10 Warthogs, massive warbird formations and exciting flybys, the Tora! Tora! Tora! Pearl Harbor reenactment, the arrival and departure of a massive C-5M Super Galaxy, the Oshkosh seaplane base on Lake Winnebago, a maximum performance departure of the Cathay-Pacific 747-8 freighter “Hong Kong Trader”, and much more!
Find a comfortable chair and settle in to watch the video above! You can also view each video individually, as well as special on-board videos from the show, using our EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016 video playlist. Enjoy!
The famous Martin Mars water bomber was one of the main attractions at EAA AirVenture this year, but it did not survive the show unscathed. The aircraft, which performed in the Monday, Wednesday, and Friday airshows, suffered a bird strike to one of its four engines on Friday. In the ensuing landing on Lake Winnebago, it hit a rock that tore a basketball-sized hole in the flying boat’s hull. The damage forced the plane to miss its planned Saturday airshow appearance, but after extensive pumping and some repair work, it was able to fly home and did so on Tuesday, August 2nd.
The “Hawaii Mars II”, the aircraft showcased at AirVenture, is the lone flying example remaining of the type. Only seven aircraft were built in the 1930’s and 1940’s, with with most destroyed or scrapped long ago. She is owned by Coulson Flying Tankers in British Columbia, and has been used to fight wild fires in the region. A second intact Mars, named “Phillipine Mars”, is also owned by Coulson but does not currently fly. Phillipine Mars is painted in the colors she wore during her service in the US Navy as a long range patrol aircraft. There was previously a deal in place to send her to the National Museum of Naval Aviation, but it fell through and Coulson Flying Tankers is currently seeking a buyer for both aircraft as they are no longer being tasked with firefighting duties.
You can check out the stunning performance of the Martin Mars during AirVenture in our video:
EAA recently announced that this year, the Martin JRM Mars water bomber will appear for the first time at EAA AirVenture. It will perform during the airshow several times throughout the week and will be parked near the seaplane base for up-close spectator viewing. The aircraft is unable to actually land at Wittman Regional Airport because it is a true flying boat, and will land on Lake Winnebago instead. The Martin Mars is the largest operational seaplane ever made. The largest seaplane of all time, the Spruce Goose, only performed one flight.
The Martin Mars first flew in June of 1942, and entered service with the US Navy as a long-range transport aircraft. Only six were built. During World War II they acted as troop transport aircraft, shuttling soldiers across the Pacific. After the war it was used as a water bomber, fighting forest fires in the Western United States. It is capable of carrying 7,200 gallons of water and ingesting one ton of water per second when it skims over water.
Part of what makes EAA AirVenture so special is its ability to bring in unique aircraft every single year. EAA’s Vice President of Communities and Member Programs, Rick Larson, stated, “There aren’t many airplanes that have never been to Oshkosh, but this is one of them, so this is both literally and figuratively a huge addition to this year’s lineup”. The Martin Mars is, literally, the world’s largest warbird.
Shuttle buses to the seaplane base are available from inside the show grounds.
What do you think? Are you excited to see the Martin Mars make its first ever appearance at EAA AirVenture? Let us know what you think in the comments!