AirVenture celebrated its 50th anniversary in Oshkosh last week as aircraft and aviation enthusiasts from around the world gathered for the annual celebration of flight.
EAA CEO and Chairman of the Board Jack J. Pelton began his closing remarks on Sunday by thanking EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019 attendees, volunteers, air traffic controllers, the FAA, and Wittman Regional Airport, as well as the people of Oshkosh and the surrounding local area. Pelton said rainy weather early on in the week posed some challenges, but that EAA’s 5,000 volunteers “turned what could have been a very challenging week into one that was successful.”
More than 10,000 airplanes, including 2,700 show airplanes, were a part of AirVenture. The FAA ATC crews handled 14,500 aircraft movements through nine days, and that number is expected to exceed 15,000 as attendees head home.
“Overall, I am very proud of the efforts of our volunteers, staff, and everyone involved put forth this year,” Pelton said. “Our 50th consecutive year in Oshkosh was one to remember for us, and for everyone who attended.”
For more on EAA and its plans for continued growth, please read Insight’s July 2019 cover story.