AirVenture Oshkosh 2017 is just around the corner and there is excitement in the air, quite literally! The large number of aircraft arrivals and departures during the fly-in week makes the Wittman Field FAA Control Tower the busiest in the world for that week! With all this hustle and bustle it’s hard to keep track of all the highlights, so this week at Plane Perfect we decided to focus on the happenings at the Boeing Centennial Plaza located at K12. And trust us it’s Boeing to be awesome!
Located at the east end of Celebration Way, the Boeing Plaza is AirVenture’s marquee display area that is home to many of the featured attractions, ranging from historic warbirds to the latest innovations in flight. The Boeing Plaza also is the place to be for several high-profile events, such as nightly concerts, feature presentations, and the welcome home ceremony for the Old Glory Honor Flight. Here are some of the aircraft you’ll see on Boeing Plaza in 2017;
On display will be the historic New Shepard rocket and astronaut crew capsule from commercial space company Blue Origin.
The pride and joy of the Commemorative Air Force fleet, the Boeing B-29 Superfortress known as FIFI will be on display with her brother DOC, these are the only two airworthy Superfortresses remaining and this will be DOC’s first venture out to AirVenture.
If you ask someone about the Boeing YL-15, all but the hardest of the hardcore aviation nuts will greet you with a blank stare. After all, with just 12 built and only one currently flying, most of us have never seen one. All that will change this July when Keith Brunquist brings his to display it at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.
This Fairchild C-123K Provider known as Thunder Pig, is the only flying example of the transport in the continental U.S. and will be on display at the plaza.
Other offerings on display will include a large fleet of various fighters and aircraft from the U.S. Air Force including; The newest multirole fighter in the U.S. inventory, the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II.
The Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker, a military aerial refueling aircraft.
A T-38 Talon, a twin-engine, high-altitude, supersonic jet trainer used in a variety of roles because of its design, economy of operations, ease of maintenance, high performance and exceptional safety record.
An F-16, the single-engine supersonic multirole fighter aircraft originally designed as an air superiority day fighter, it evolved into a successful all-weather multirole aircraft.
And a Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II, the close air support workhorse of the U.S. Air Force, among others.
Aircraft rotate in and out throughout the week, so be sure to check back to see what’s showcased each day and to keep up to date with all of the AirVenture Oshkosh 2017 happenings download the event app. Check out our latest deals at Plane Perfect to get your bird shining for the show!