March 13, 2014 – A call is going out to all World War I-era aircraft, aircraft replicas, and reproductions to join in commemorating the centennial of World War I aviation technology at the annual EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014, July 28-August 3 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
WWI airplane owners and operators are encouraged to join other aircraft from private collections for activities throughout the week at Oshkosh. The aircraft will be showcased in various areas throughout the grounds, as AirVenture attendees discover more about the technology of military flight just a decade after the Wright brothers' first powered flight at Kitty Hawk.
"The World War I period was the first significant era of aviation where flight innovation advanced at a frenzied pace," said Bill Fischer, executive director of EAA Warbirds of America, which is helping to organize the centennial commemoration. "It also marked the first time military strategy included aerial tactics and how to defense them. It is a fascinating period of flight that has been maintained by dedicated aviators around the world and will be fully explored at Oshkosh this year."
Owners and operators of World War I-era aircraft, replicas and reproductions are encouraged to pre-register their aircraft by contacting Fischer at the Warbirds of America office at 920-426-4874 or via e-mail. Pre-registration will assist with the additional logistics needed to welcome and display these aircraft.
Additional information on activities will be announced as it is finalized.
Owners of classic World War I aircraft, replicas, reproductions like the Fokker TriPlane and S.E.5a are encouraged to attend EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 to help commemorate the centennial of World War I aviation technology. - Photo credit: Jim Koepnick