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Governor Walker Attends World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration, EAA AirVenture

Every year, over 550,000 aviation enthusiasts representing more than 80 countries attend EAA AirVenture to celebrate the past, present, and future in the world of flight.

By - Jul 25th, 2016 02:12 pm

Oshkosh – Governor Scott Walker traveled to Oshkosh today for the “World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration,” EAA AirVenture. This year’s event runs from July 25-July 31 and throughout the week, more than 10,000 aircrafts fly into the Wittman Regional Airport, making it the busiest airport in the world.

“EAA AirVenture truly is the world’s greatest aviation celebration, drawing lovers of all things aviation from around the globe,” Governor Walker said. “The week hosts fun events the whole family can enjoy and serves as a major tourist attraction in Wisconsin. Throughout the week, visitors to our state are spending their money on things like food, lodging, and gas – all of which has a positive impact on the Oshkosh community and Wisconsin as a whole.”

Every year, over 550,000 aviation enthusiasts representing more than 80 countries attend EAA AirVenture to celebrate the past, present, and future in the world of flight. Visitors to EAA AirVenture this year can look forward to events like the Pearl Harbor 75th commemoration, two night air shows, daily air shows featuring the Canadian Snowbirds, a salute to veterans, a WWI aviation celebration, and the Martin Mars flying boat. More than 800 exhibitors are expected to attend, and 1,000 forums and workshops will take place throughout the week as well.

The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) was founded in Milwaukee in 1953 by Paul Poberezny and fellow individuals with a passion for aviation and building airplanes. Today, the organization includes recreational pilots, builders, and restorers and now includes more than 800 chapters across the United States and Canada.

In honor of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016, Governor Walker has proclaimed the week of July 25 – July 31, 2016 as Aviation Week. A copy of the proclamation is attached.

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