While Wisconsin is not as popular in the aviation world as places such as Florida, or Arizona because of weather, Wisconsin is home to the largest airshow in the world. Wisconsin is home of the EAA AirVenture, which is an annual event that takes place in late July. This event takes place at Wittman Regional Airport (KOSH), in Oshkosh Wisconsin.
This event offers anything from job hunting in the aviation world, to meeting other people that share the aviation passion, or people that are there to look at the cool military planes that fly in. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the event was cancelled in 2020, however, here are some of the stats from 2019. In 2019, roughly 625,000 people attended, 10,000 airplanes from all over the world and country flew into the event, and there were roughly 2,700 show aircraft.
This is a very unique event for the state of Wisconsin. There are other airshows around the world, but none of them amount to this event. This event not only offers an amazing amount of planes for casual enthusiasts to look at, but there are hundreds of booths set up which can introduce people to taking flight lessons, or even getting career opportunities in aviation.
Even if you are not interested in a career in aviation, I encourage everyone to go to this event at least one time in their life. It is a truly unique event that is right in many of our backyards, as it is in Oshkosh Wisconsin. During this event, it is becomes the most busy airspace in the world, even over the likes of O’Hare in Chicago, or Hartfield-Jackson in Atlanta. This is a unique event that offers something for everybody to enjoy, regardless of your involvement in the aviation world.