Published in Midwest Flyer – April/May 2018 issue
OSHKOSH, WIS. – Many of the world’s top airshow performers have committed to fly at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018, July 23-29 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis. The afternoon airshows are presented by Quest Aircraft and Pratt & Whitney Canada, while the Saturday, July 28th, night airshow is presented by Oshkosh Corporation.
“We use the feedback collected each year to bring favorite performers back to Oshkosh, while adding exciting new acts and airshow attractions connected with particular aircraft, events, and anniversaries,” said Rick Larsen, EAA’s vice president of communities and member programs, who coordinates AirVenture features and attractions.
Among the performers and aircraft already planning to appear at Oshkosh in 2018 include the following: AeroShell Aerobatic Team (T-6s), Vicky Benzing (Extra 300S), Canadian Harvard Aerobatic Team (Harvards), Bob Carlton (SubSonex JSX-2), Kirby Chambliss (Edge 540), Matt Chapman (Extra 300LX), Class of ’45 (P-51/Corsair), Kyle Fowler (Rutan Long-EZ), Kyle Franklin (Demon-1 Dracula), GEICO Skytypers (SNJ-2s), Mike Goulian (Extra 330SC), Rob Holland (MXS-RH), Jerry Kerby (RV-8A), Greg Koontz (Xtreme Decathlon/Piper J-3 Cub), Justin Lewis (FLS Microjet), David Martin (Beech Baron), Jessy Panzer (Pitts Special), Paradigm Aerobatic Team (powered paragliders), Patriot Parachute Team (skydiving), Jim Peitz (Beechcraft F-33C Bonanza), Gene Soucy/Teresa Stokes (Showcat), Bill Stein (Zivko Edge 540), Skip Stewart (Pitts S2S Prometheus), Trojan Thunder (T-28 Trojan), Sean D. Tucker (Oracle Challenger III), Patty Wagstaff (Extra 330S), Scott Yoak (P-51 Mustang), and Matt Younkin (Twin Beech 18).
Airshow performers have long looked at performing at Oshkosh as the pinnacle of the career, and an opportunity to showcase their corporate sponsors. Flying the massive crowd line along runway 18/36 at Wittman Regional Airport is an adrenaline rush for most pilots – something they really look forward to each year, or at least once in a lifetime.
In addition to these early confirmations, many more performers will be announced, including some only-in-Oshkosh performers and aircraft. Exact days for each performer and complete daily airshow lineups will be announced as they are finalized.
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is the “World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” and EAA’s yearly membership convention. Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket and camping reservations, is available online at www.eaa.org/airventure. EAA members receive the lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit www.eaa.org. Immediate news is available at www.twitter.com/EAA.