OSHKOSH, WI (WTAQ) - Organizers said they were pleased with the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture Show that ended Sunday in Oshkosh.
EAA president Rod Hightower said attendance for the week-long event was down from a year ago – possibly due to the hot temperatures that approached 100 degrees through mid-week.
Storms on Thursday damaged several planes, but cooler and pleasant weather prevailed for the weekend. Hightower says he still expects the total crowds to break the 500,000 mark.
The EAA will know for sure by the end of the week. Hightower said about 2,100 foreign visitors from 69 countries attended the convention. And about 40,000 people camped at the show grounds – 10 percent more than a year ago.
The EAA featured numerous air shows, historic aviation figures, celebrities, and a salute to veterans. Hightower said about 1,000 home-made airplanes were among the 2,500 show planes that were on display.