EAA had their annual AirVenture webinar today, where they preview the main attractions and airshow performers at the convention in Oshkosh. In addition to the well-known highlights like the US Navy Blue Angels, USAF F-35 Lightning II and A-10 Thunderbolt II Heritage Flight teams, the Apollo astronaut reunion, Blue Origin’s rocket display, and the bomber parade, we learned about several major military/warbird developments that are planned for the show.
The webinar is summarized in more detail on our forums, and we invite you to add your own thoughts there as well!
Here are some of our favorite mentions on the webinar:
- B-1B Lancer bomber to fly in Monday and perform in the Wednesday twilight airshow
- Different F-35/A-10/P-51 Heritage Flight formations each day
- Airbus A400M from the Royal Air Force arriving and departing on Wednesday
- MASSIVE pyro (96 bombs!) to open the Doolittle Raid reenactment – six bombs per B-25 Mitchell flying
- Two A-10s will perform a field attack demo with pyro
- Numerous military aircraft throughout the week, including F-22 Raptors, AH-64 Apaches, and F-16 Fighting Falcons
- Potential surprise national anthem flybys on Tuesday and Wednesday – very mysterious right now
- Blue Angel survey flights are being split between Thursday (diamond) and Friday (solos/Fat Albert)
- Notable warbirds include the F-86A Sabre, Boeing YL-15, C-123 Provider, A-20 Havoc, P-63 King Cobra, SBD Dauntless, P-47 Thunderbolts, Spitfire Mk. IX, and possible B-24 Liberator
Again, there are a lot more details in our EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017 thread than we can share here, so please head there to read up and join the discussion! What do you think the surprise flybys might be?