OSHKOSH – EAA reports a 5 to 6 percent increase in attendance for 2014’s EAA AirVenture festival. Attendance is based on the number of people who entered the grounds each day.
EAA Chairman Jack Pelton said, “It was a tremendous week on many levels. We filled Wittman Regional Airport with aircraft for the first time in several years and both aircraft camping and parking areas completely full at mid-week.”
2,649 showplanes were present at the aviation festival (308 more than 2013), including 997 homebuilt aircrafts, 1,050 vintage airplanes, 303 warbirds, 122 ultralights and light-sport aircraft, 91 seaplanes, 40 rotorcrfaft, 38 aerobatic aircraft and 8 hot-air balloons.
Pelton believes the Thunderbird’s debut in Oshkosh boosted attendance. EAA reported a 20 percent attendance increase from similar days in 2013 during the Thunderbird performances.
2,081 international visitors registered from 69 different nations with Canada (505 visitors), Australia (416 visitors), and Brazil (194 visitors) as the top three non-US nations.
Pelton says they are already planning for 2015, “We’re eager to bring the soon-to-be-restored B-29 “Doc” here for a public showing as part of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. And, of course, there will be plenty of other highlights that you can only see at Oshkosh.”