OSHKOSH, WI -- For the first time in North America, EAA AirVenture 2009 will provide the opportunity for the global aviation community and the public to admire the world's largest passenger airliner on static display and in flight.
The A380 will arrive and perform a flight demonstration to kick off the Tuesday, July 28 air show. After commanding the stage through the remainder of the week on AeroShell Square, AirVenture's main aircraft showcase area, it will open the air show again on Friday, July 31 with a flight demonstration before its departure.
"I'm pleased that Airbus chose EAA AirVenture Oshkosh as its first occasion in North America to provide an up-close and personal look at the A380," says Tom Poberezny, EAA president and AirVenture chairman. "The aircraft will stand out among the impressive lineup of features and attractions coming this year. The A380 represents an amazing feat of aircraft design, engineering, and construction ... and it will hold the distinction of being the largest passenger aircraft ever to have filled our sky and rolled onto our ramp."
"The Airbus team is very grateful to EAA for hosting the A380 this summer," says Airbus Americas Chairman T. Allan McArtor. "We have been looking forward to bringing the aircraft to AirVenture, where the innovative accomplishments of global aviation take the spotlight. It makes perfect sense for the A380 to be featured at Oshkosh -- not only because it is the largest passenger aircraft in history, but also because the remarkable A380 would not have been possible without the considerable support of our airline and supplier partners from around the world who worked with us over many years to make the aircraft a reality."
The A380's visit marks the second time this decade that Airbus has brought a crowd-pleasing aircraft to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. In 2003, the Airbus A300-600ST (known as the "Beluga") made an appearance in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers' first flight.
"AirVenture Oshkosh celebrates aviation's pioneering spirit and the various demonstrations of that spirit, large and small.," says Poberezny. "With the A380 coming, I'd say we have the 'large' base covered this year."
EAA and Airbus are making plans for Airbus officials to tell their story at AirVenture. Announcements of details will follow. Additionally, Airbus hosts will be on hand with the A380 as it stands on AeroShell Square.