Airventure Oshkosh is like nothing else on this planet for aviators and aviation enthusiasts. It really is difficult to explain without bringing everyone to the event, but I will give it a shot.
Envision 75 Yellow Piper Cub airplanes, all in the sky at the same time, then parking with another 75 that are already there. 50 Mooney airplanes landing in one continuous stream. Now try to picture 20 P-51 Mustangs all flying overhead, Hell Cats, Bear Cats, Wild Cats and Dive Bombers. WWII aircraft of all sizes, Fifi the worlds only flying B-29. Fighters, trainers, transporters and support all together in one place at one time. Thousands of people who flew in and camped under their wings. An entire city setup in a campsite.
To walk from one end of the show to the other would take the average person over 40 minutes, without stopping to see anything. There are hundreds of vendors and hours of forums and workshops daily. If aviation were to have a Mecca, it would be Oshkosh.
People have been converging on Oshkosh since 1970 when the annual event was moved due to its increasing size and popularity.
It is easy to give numbers and stats but this still does nothing to provide insight as to what Oshkosh is. For me Oshkosh is seeing Hundreds of Thousands of people all together with similar interests. You can talk to anyone at the show and 99.99% of the time you will find something in common. For me Oshkosh is seeing over 30 airplanes all in the sky at the same time, not in any formation, all in sight from the ground.
If you have not been to Oshkosh for the Airventure show, you must make it a priority there is something for everyone, you will not be disappointed.
This is the first year I have flown into Oshkosh and I can tell you, it sounds more difficult than it is. If you have any questions please email me at Michael@Wingster.aero