EAA was founded the same year the show began – 1953 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It was attended by less than 150 visitors and a handful of aircraft. The show grew rapidly over the next few years and by 1959 it had outgrown Milwaukee and moved to Rockford where it remained for the next 10 years attracting hundreds of show planes and ten of thousand visitors. EAA and it’s air show had grown into one of the USA’s greatest aviation events. It had also diversified into warbirds, antiques and aerobatics as well as it’s original interest – homebuilding.

A study was made to find a new home. Steve Wittman, a founding member of EAA, suggested Oshkosh. The field had acres of vacant ground around the airfield, 2 long runways (East – West and North- South) that did not cross allowing lots of traffic. Oshkosh city officials were also keen to have such an attraction in their town.

The decision was made! In 1969 EAA would move to Oshkosh for their  ‘70 convention. However, there existed no infrastructure for the event. EAA volunteers got to work, and in 6 months created a new home for EAA’s fly in.

Since then, the word Oshkosh has become synonymous  around the world with aviation. Oshkosh, or AirVenture as it become in 1998, has grown to be the world’s premier aviation event, a week long celebration of the past, present and future in aviation. You can be sure anything new in general aviation will be launched at Oshkosh. Couple this with over 10 000 aircraft ranging from warbirds, antiques and homebuilts to ultralights, seaplanes and powered ‘chutes, the AirVenture museum and daily airshow – you have one hell of an airshow!


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