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Crew members from numerous Apollo missions expected to attend

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Jan. 31, 2017 – Astronauts from the Apollo missions that put humans on the moon for the first time are expected to be at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017, as the “World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo program.

The 65th annual EAA fly-in convention is July 24-30 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis.

The reunion is expected to be the largest gathering of Apollo astronauts at Oshkosh since the memorable 1994 “Salute to Apollo” program that brought together 15 of the men who were the faces of the American effort to put men on the moon.

Many of the activities will be centered on AirVenture’s Apollo Day on Friday, July 28, which is highlighted by a major evening program at Theater in the Woods.

“A number of Apollo astronauts have already committed to the event, as have other people closely involved with America’s space program during that era,” said Rick Larsen, EAA’s vice president of communities and member benefits who coordinates AirVenture features and attractions.

“This will be a rare, unforgettable gathering of the people who met the challenge of flying to the moon and safely returning, representing hundreds of thousands of individuals who contributed to its success. You may never get another opportunity to see the people in person, up close, as you will at Oshkosh this summer.”

It is expected that crew members representing many of the Apollo missions will attend. Those who have already confirmed their attendance include Frank Borman (Apollo 8); Walt Cunningham (Apollo 7); Fred Haise (Apollo 13); Jim Lovell (Apollo 8 and Apollo 13) and Al Worden (Apollo 15).

 

Additional astronauts are expected to confirm their attendance in the coming weeks. Further details on events and schedules will be announced as they are finalized.

For more information about EAA AirVenture’s 2017 attractions, visit eaa.org/en/airventure.

Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co. is pleased to announce that it has purchased the former home of Paul and Audrey Poberezny in Oshkosh, WI and will make the home available to the EAA for tours and special events. The original stone farmhouse is over 100 years old and was Paul and Audrey's home from 1991 until his death in 2013. Located near Wittman Field, the 9 acre estate reflects the standards and culture the Pobereznys utilized in building the world's leading sport aviation organization, EAA, and the world's premier aviation event, AirVenture. This home hosted many of aviations leaders and icons, and countless aviation artifacts and photos representing the relationships and events that shaped Paul's remarkable life are on display throughout the home, providing insight into the lifetime passion and vision of one of aviation's greatest leaders. This is where Paul built airplanes, read about aviation history, and wrote countless letters and articles. As he often said, "There isn't a day that goes by that I don't say the word airplane".

Aircraft Spruce and the Irwin family have maintained a close relationship with the Poberezny family and EAA for over 50 years and is honored to have the opportunity to partner with the EAA to make this historic home available to EAA members and aviation enthusiasts in the years ahead. Contact EAA for details on visiting the Poberezny home beginning in the summer of 2017.

Aircraft Spruce’s complete product line is available at www.aircraftspruce.com. Request your complimentary copy of the company’s free 1100+ page catalog (available in print, CD, or PDF formats).

U.S. Navy Blue Angels include Oshkosh on their 2017 performance schedule

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — (December 19, 2016) — Some of the world’s top air show performers have made their commitments to fly at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017 – The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration – as part of the afternoon and night air show lineups.

Those performers include aerobatic champions and longtime Oshkosh favorites. In addition, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels have reconfirmed that Oshkosh is on their 2017 schedule, with work continuing to bring their full performance to AirVenture for the first time. They will add to the one-of-a-kind aircraft and performances that are part of the popular daily shows. EAA AirVenture 2017 is the 65th annual Experimental Aircraft Association fly-in convention, scheduled for July 24-30 at Wittman Regional Airport.

“This is already an outstanding all-star air show lineup and we’re just getting started,” said Rick Larsen, EAA’s vice president of communities and member benefits who coordinates AirVenture features and attractions. “We use the feedback collected each year to bring favorite performers back to Oshkosh, while adding exciting new acts, and air show attractions connected with particular aircraft, events, and anniversaries.”

Among the performers and aircraft already planning to appear at Oshkosh in 2017 are:

AeroShell Aerobatic Team (T-6s)

Vicky Benzing (Stearman)

Jeff Boerboon/John Klatt Airshows (Sasquatch)

Bob Carlton (SubSonex JSX-2)

Kirby Chambliss (Edge 540)

Matt Chapman (Extra 300LX)

Class of ’45 (P-51/Corsair)

Kevin Coleman (Extra 330SC)

Kyle Franklin (Dracula)

Mike Goulian (Extra 330SC)

Rob Holland (MX-2)

Jerry Kerby (RV-8)

Greg Koontz (Xtreme Decathlon)

Sammy Mason (Pitts S-1S)

Paul McCowan (American flag skydiver)

Patriot Parachute Team (skydiving)

Jim Peitz (F-33C Bonanza)

Gene Soucy/Teresa Stokes (Showcat)

Bill Stein (Edge 540)

Skip Stewart (Prometheus)

Team Redline (RV)

Sean D. Tucker (Oracle Challenger III)

Patty Wagstaff (Extra 300LX)

Matt Younkin (Twin Beech)

Along with these early confirmations, many more exciting performers will be announced, including some not-seen-anywhere else performers and aircraft flying at Oshkosh. Exact days for each performer and complete daily air show lineups will be announced as they are finalized.

About EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

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 purchase, is available online at www.eaa.org/airventure. EAA members receive 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.

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