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Attendance for 2014 AirVenture up 5 to 6%

OSHKOSH, WI (WTAQ) - Over a half-million people attended last week's EAA AirVenture Show in Oshkosh.

Organizers said Tuesday that the total crowds were up 5 to 6 percent from last year -- and they were up 20 percent for this past weekend, when the Air Force Thunderbirds made their Oshkosh debut.

EAA chairman Jack Pelton said the aircraft parking and camping areas were full for the first time in several years.

More than 10,000 planes flew into Wittman Airport for the week-long gathering. The numbers of show planes, around 2,600, were up by more than 10 percent. 

Visitors from 69 countries attended.

Pelton says the planning is already underway for the 2015 EAA. He said aircraft innovator Burt Rutan wants to return, and the soon to be restored B-29 "Doc" aircraft is expected to appear during what will be the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)