Photo of the Week: Rockets’ Red Glare

600,000 aviation enthusiasts, 10,000 aircraft, one big AirVenture

By BlueSkyStaff

Published August 9, 2021

Read Time: 2 mins


If you love aviation—if you really, really love aviation—sooner or later you’re going to end up in Oshkosh, Wis.

For 51 weeks of the year, Oshkosh is a tidy town of 67,000 people on the banks of Lake Winnebago that is probably best known as the birthplace of the iconic Oshkosh B’gosh children’s clothing brand.

But for one week of the year, it becomes the epicenter of all things flight-related during AirVenture, the signature annual event hosted by the Experimental Aircraft Association, a global collective of aviation enthusiasts based in Oshkosh.

More than 600,000 people flock to east-central Wisconsin each summer for AirVenture, which transforms sleepy Wittman Regional Airport into the world’s busiest airport.

That’s not hyperbole. During last month’s celebration, the four-runway facility saw about 116 takeoffs and landings per hour over the course of 10 days.

Connor Cummings was there, so it’s a safe bet he loves aviation as much as we do. He sent us this way-cool shot of fireworks exploding over a Lockheed EC-130J Command Solo III that gave us a serious case of FOMO.

Hopefully, we’ll see you there next year, Connor! (And for those readers who were there and haven’t sent us any photos, what are you waiting for?)

Our readers continue to pass along shots of unique aircraft, international airports, historical events, gorgeous views and even family vacation photos for this feature. We love them! Keep them coming—you can click here for submission guidelines.

Windows views can often provide the best in-flight entertainment for passengers. (Photo submitted by Mattew Ness)

Go to Top