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EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration! Oshkosh, Wisconsin, is similar to many medium-sized Midwestern cities, except in late July when the world’s busiest air- port isn’t in Chicago, Atlanta or London. It’s in Oshkosh, when the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) holds its an- nual EAA AirVenture fly-in convention. The event attracts more than 500,000 people and 10,000 airplanes to east central Wisconsin. And those are air- planes of all types, from the smallest ul- tralight to jumbo jetliners and military transports. Visitors from more than 70 nations gather at Wittman Regional Air- port to see almost everything that flies. The weeklong event, this year from July 34 | Summer 2017 | Travel Midwest 24-30, offers an unmatched adventure land of flight. Imagine spending one day doing everything from exploring a mas- sive Air Force C-5 transport plane, to a hands-on drone demonstration, to hear- ing from an astronaut who walked on the moon, to seeing an amazing night air show. That’s just one day at EAA Air- Venture, with six more just like it! It’s also a great family event, with clean grounds and special areas just made for kids, where they can discover the world of flight through simulators, drones, hands-on projects and cool events. It’s a perfect place for those who love flight, history, innovation, technology, or just people watching. Among the 2017 highlights are the U.S. Navy Blue Angels jet team, an Apollo astronaut reunion, salutes to World War II anniversaries, and much more. It’s well worth a day trip to Oshkosh or, even better, camping among thousands of fellow flight enthusiasts from all over the world. All the highlights, schedules, and things you need to know are available at EAA.org/AirVenture , where you can pur- chase advance tickets and camping credentials. It’s said that if it has flown, is flying, or will fly, it will come to Oshkosh!