57th EAA Convention a Success

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. - (August 1, 2009) -

Another robust crowd filled the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh grounds today for a weekend of aviation action, engagement, and spectacle.

The second "Warbirds Extravaganza" took place this afternoon, featuring the world's best military aircraft and performers, complete with pyrotechnics creating a thundering battle-simulation experience.

WhiteKnightTwo, the Virgin Galactic enterprise's "Mothership Eve" said goodbye to EAA AirVenture with one final flight demonstration. Crowds formed along the flight line to say farewell to the aircraft designed to launch space-tourism flights into space.

Comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham plans to entertain his way into the hearts of the aviation community, as he did last year, with a performance tonight at Theater in the Woods. Dunham, who is a builder and pilot of Rotorway International helicopters, has been entertaining sold-out crowds worldwide with his puppet companions.

Conventiongoers, many who've camped on the grounds throughout the week, have related their amazement at how quickly tomorrow, the final day of "aviation's family reunion" in 2009, has approached. They'll be crowding the flight line tomorrow for the last of this year's dazzling air shows.

Tomorrow's show will include drawing and announcing the names of winners in EAA's Sweepstakes and Raffle. One lucky winner of an EAA Sweepstakes grand prize will walk away the proud new owner of a Flight Design MC aircraft with $10,000 in aviation fuel credit and rewards-program points from Chevron. The other will join Jeff Dunham in becoming an owner of a Rotorway A600 Talon helicopter to build and fly. This individual will also receive $20,000 in student credit at Rotorway's flight training facility.

Many of tomorrow's air show attendees will stay after the show to witness the steady stream of departures of thousands of the aircraft that helped to make this year's Air Venture a success. Adhering to tradition, many of the departing aircraft will slightly roll their wings to "wave" goodbye 'til next year.

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