If you can’t make it to the Paris Air Show, you’ll still have an opportunity to see some of the most noteworthy and exciting developments in aerospace right here in the American Midwest. As in the past, hundreds and thousands of aviation enthusiasts will be found in Oshkosh, Wisconsin for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, one of the world’s largest aviation gatherings. The event draws everyone from aerospace professionals to the casual fairgoer with a range of activities and thousands of display aircraft, and gives them the opportunity to interact with the technology on a whole new level.
“This year, volunteers will be able to help build aircraft wings that will be shipped to Experimental Aircraft Association chapters around the country, where planes will be assembled. […] In the KidVenture hangar, kids can try flight simulators, and volunteers lead young people through hands-on lessons in assembling engines, building wings and more. […] A shuttle bus takes people the 6 miles to the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Seaplane Base on Lake Winnebago, where nearly 100 seaplanes gathered last year. For hours every afternoon, there is an air show that by itself would be worth a visit. There are also two nighttime air shows during the week, with fireworks. In 2014, the Air Force Thunderbirds were the biggest attraction. This year, the big draws will include the F-22 Raptor and the F-35 Lightning II, the first time the latter fighter jet has been at a civilian airshow.”