8 Things to do at EAA Airventure Oshkosh 2014

  • Jul 22, 2014 7:54am GMT

1. Watch airplanes land

The best part of Oshkosh? Landing your airplane at the world’s wildest air circus. Second best part of Oshkosh? Watching other people land. Get your scanner, sit on the flightline, and enjoy the show! Depending upon the winds, airplanes may be landing on runway 27, 9, 18L/R, or 36L/R. The Ohskosh Notam can help you figure out the best places to watch from.

2. Thunderbirds Saturday

This year is a very special year at Oshkosh. The USAF Thunderbirds will be making their first ever full Airventure performance. You can see the Thunderbirds fly during each of the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoon airshows, August 1st through 3rd.

3. Stay for the night airshow

If you come to see the Thunderbirds fly on Saturday, stay for the night airshow. This relatively new tradition for Oshkosh has been expanded from one night to two, with shows on both Wednesday and Saturday. The flying displays and fireworks are truly breathtaking.

4. Go for a helicopter ride

The best way to get a lay of the land at Oshkosh is to take a helicopter ride in a Bell 47, the classic helicopter featured in the television show MAS*H. Flights depart from Pioneer Airport, just behind the EAA Museum.

5. See Comedienne Maria Herman and the Dueling Pianos

Maria is an up and coming star from Southern California. Her routine is hilarious. This will be her premiere event in Boeing Plaza at Oshkosh. Join her on Tuesday from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM.

6. XPRIZE 10th Anniversary

And if Maria’s shtick is getting a little old (which is unlikely), run over to the Theatre in the Woods to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the XPRIZE. The fun begins at 8:00 PM on Tuesday. Speakers include Erik Lindbergh, grandson of Charles Lindbergh; Gregg Maryniak, chairman of the executive committee of the XPRIZE Foundation; and Doug Shane executive vice president and general manager of The Spaceship Company. Stay after for the 38-minute documentary “I Want to be an Astronaut” and Q&A with Charlie Precourt, former head of NASA’s Astronaut Corps.

7. Visit the seaplane base

Don’t mind the mosquitoes and other creepy crawlies. They’re your friends. The seaplane base is one of Oshkosh’s hidden gems. Catch the free shuttle bus from the south end of the flight line. When the bus drops you off, you’ll think you’re heading to the set of the TV show Survivor. After you walk through the woods 100 yards or so, you’ll see all of the friendly faces of seaplane pilots and their airplanes. Be nice to them and you might get a ride!