Where do you go to experience aviation history, aviation in its present-day form, and innovation all at the same location? EAA AirVenture is one place.

AMTSociety is sponsoring the “Safety Wire Boxes” event. And Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology is refurbishing the boxes.

• The Wooden Rib Building Booth, supported by Wick’s Aircraft and run by EAA Chapter 43 (Denver), teaches kids how to make a 20-inch wooden wing rib exactly like a homebuilder does using the same material, jigs, and tools required for a full-size rib.

• At the Composite Booth kids can produce a composite helicopter blade under the supervision of Sikorsky Helicopter staff.

• At a booth run by Hamilton Sundstrand, kids can make a wind-powered generator (RAT). Hamilton Sundstrand will supply 3,000 units and its staff to oversee construction.

Other events include:

• Two “Condor flight simulators” supported by Soaring Society of America.

• Two “Kiddie Hawk flight trainers” brought to KidVenture by the Legends of Flight.

• Hot Seat helicopter and airplane flight simulators.

• Through simulated Mars landings, the Dream Flight space bus/exhibit shows kids what flight outside the atmosphere is like.

• In “Area 51½,” kids build a balsa glider along with a wooded model of EAA’s B-17 Aluminum Overcast and the legendary P-51 Mustang of EAA founder Paul Poberezny.

• The Hero Stage will feature speakers and air show pilots interacting with the kids and signing autographs.

• Kids can talk on the KidVenture ham radio station to other people around the country and the world.

• 5,000 Scotts Warbird Alley T-shirts for kids to color and take home, courtesy of Scotts.

World War II Showcase

Aircraft that played a key role in one of the greatest military and industrial achievements during World War II will be showcased at EAA AirVenture 2011 thanks to the support of Vintage Wings of Canada.

Vintage Wings of Canada, an aviation museum based in Quebec that acquires, restores, maintains, and flies classic aircraft significant to the early history of powered flight, will bring four aircraft from its Yellow Wings Tour honoring the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP) – North American Harvard IV, Fleet Finch II, Fairchild Cornell MK II, and de Havilland Tiger Moth, all painted in the distinctive yellow scheme for training aircraft. Additionally, Fairey Swordfish Mk III and Westland Lysander IIIA will also appear courtesy of Vintage Wings of Canada.

BCATP was a massive exercise in planning, construction and community involvement that trained hundreds of thousands of airmen from Canada, the British Commonwealth and the United States between 1939 and 1945. It remains the single largest aviation training program in history and was responsible for training nearly half the pilots, navigators, bombardiers, air gunners, wireless operators and flight engineers who served in their respective air forces.

The Fairey Swordfish MK III biplane was considered one of the finest naval aircraft of World War II and was the only Allied aircraft in continuous production from before the start of hostilities through the end of the war. The Westland Lysander IIIA equipped six RAF squadrons in France for artillery spotting, reconnaissance, and other communications tasks during the first year of the war, and went on to become a significant multi-role aircraft after the fall of France.

Centennial of Naval Aviation

AirVenture 2011 has been classified a Tier 1 event by the U.S. Navy as it celebrates the Centennial of Naval Aviation throughout next year. Several top-level attractions will commemorate this notable anniversary as well as 100th anniversary of air mail service. Special themed days planned are “Tribute to Bob Hoover” Day on Tuesday, July 26, Navy Day on Wednesday, July 27, and “Tribute to Burt Rutan” Day on Thursday, July 28.

From unique restorations and replicas to today’s modern fighters, the legacy of naval aviation will be on display and in action all week at AirVenture 2011. Flying examples will be featured on ConocoPhillips Plaza, as well as a special parking area dubbed “NAS Oshkosh” located just east of Scotts Warbird Alley.

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