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As a toddler fascinated with aviation, Michael Jorgensen, Public Affairs Specialist for the Electrified Powertrain Flight Demonstration challenge, attended EAA AirVenture Oshkosh (“Oshkosh” for brief) a number of instances. Now, he represents us there, sharing what we’ve been engaged on. Learn on to see what going to Oshkosh is like as Michael takes us on a tour—and be part of us subsequent time!


Yearly, Wittman Regional Airport within the city of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, swells from 67,000 to 600,000 folks, changing into a hotspot for aviation in the US. The Experimental Plane Affiliation (EAA) started AirVenture in 1953 and is a ‘Should Do’ for any aviation geek.

My story with EAA AirVenture started within the late Nineteen Nineties. As a fan of all the pieces aviation, and having grown up close to Chicago, Oshkosh was all the time on my radar – and I attended a number of instances whereas I used to be rising up.

Young Michael posing in front of a NASA aircraft at EAA Airventure 1998 in Oshkosh, WI. A young boy stands with his hands in his pockets in front of a white and blue emblazoned jet on a dark grey tarmac.ALT
Adult Michael posing in front of a NASA aircraft at EAA Airventure 2022 in Oshkosh, WI. An adult man wearing a NASA t-shirt stands in front of a white and blue emblazoned propeller plane on a green patch of grass.ALT

Michael recreates a childhood picture from EAA AirVenture 1998 at EAA AirVenture 2022. Credit score: Michael Jorgensen

Coming again to the airport grounds this week, all my childhood recollections got here flooding again: the noises, the planes, the smells, and the pure pleasure. As a child, I might solely dream of working for NASA, by no means imagining it might come true nearly 25 years later.

A large hexagonal airport traffic control tower at Wittman Regional Airport. The structure of the tower is tan and the background of the image is clear blue skies with two aircraft flying overhead.ALT

The airport site visitors management tower at Wittman Regional Airport at EAA AirVenture 2022 in Oshkosh, WI. Credit score: Michael Jorgensen

When driving in, you first see numerous air site visitors – starting from dangle gliders, to previous warbirds, to stunt planes, to the most recent navy jets rumbling skyward. Over the past full week in July, the airport management tower turns into the busiest one on the earth, coordinating roughly 116 takeoffs/landings per hour all through every day – nearly 2 each minute! Final 12 months noticed greater than 10,000 plane arrive on the airport. The thrill grows as you pull off the freeway and are greeted by rows and rows of normal aviation plane so far as the attention can see.

Hundreds of brightly colored aircraft are arranged in rows on a large grass field. Under the wings of each aircraft are small tents ranging in colors from yellow and green to grey.ALT

The airport subject at Wittman Regional Airport, that includes normal aviation plane and tenting tents, at EAA AirVenture 2022 in Oshkosh, WI. Credit score: Michael Jorgensen

The fixed propeller buzz within the background and crackling of fighter jets overhead is noticeable as you stroll by way of the airport grounds. What makes this sight much more distinctive is tenting tents beneath the wings of every plane, stretching alongside your entire grounds of the airport. AirVenture actually is a summer time camp for #AvGeeks.

A large crowd of plane enthusiasts is pictured in the foreground walking around and into a large grey military style transport aircraft on display. The nose of the aircraft is opened vertically allowing for the crowd to walk into its interior.ALT

Boeing Plaza, the central show space at AirVenture, that includes a C-5 Galaxy transport with its nostril open, and a C-17 Globemaster III, at EAA AirVenture 2022 in Oshkosh, WI. Credit score: Michael Jorgensen

The principle tarmac on the airport is transformed into Boeing Plaza, the central show space that includes the largest and most enjoyable plane: C-17 Globetrotter III, SR-71 Blackbird, F-117 Nighthawk, DC-3, and lots of, many extra. One 12 months, I even obtained to see the Concorde fly into and out of this teeny regional airport in the midst of Wisconsin.

There are numerous alternatives to work together with the pilots and different aviation fanatics together with sitting in cockpits, testing the interiors and exteriors of varied airplanes, and probabilities to fly in classic plane together with an authentic 1929 Ford Trimotor and a B-17 Flying Fortress from 1945. And, in fact, irrespective of my age, I posed with something and all the pieces I discovered fascinating, together with a T-38 Talon stationed in entrance of the NASA pavilion and the within of an ecoDemonstrator.

A man wearing a NASA t-shirt sits in a plane cockpit. The cockpit is a metallic grey and covered in hundreds of knobs, throttles, and buttons with two large windows looking forward towards the nose of the plane.ALT

Michael sitting within the cockpit of Boeing’s 777-200ER ecoDemonstrator at EAA AirVenture 2022 in Oshkosh, WI. Credit score: Michael Jorgensen

Inside the assorted hangars are a whole bunch of aviation distributors, exhibitors, and storefronts, starting from avionics producers to social golf equipment/societies, wood mannequin firms, and all of the pilot equipment possible.

A man in a NASA polo shirt and lanyard takes a selfie in front of a white and blue emblazoned NASA aircraft and a large building with the red white and blue NASA logo imprinted on it.ALT

Michael standing in entrance of NASA’s SR22 plane on the NASA pavilion at EAA AirVenture 2022 in Oshkosh, WI. Credit score: Michael Jorgensen

This 12 months’s theme for the NASA pavilion was “Faces of Flight”. All through the week, we had meet-and-greets with leaders, researchers, engineers, and even an astronaut or two, hands-on academic experiences for company of all ages, giveaways, and fashions of our plane, spacecraft, and extra, together with a mannequin of the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter and the House Launch System rocket.

Other than the occasions within the NASA pavilion, we participated in quite a few panels like Girls@NASA, the place ladies leaders from the Aeronautics Analysis Mission Directorate talked about NASA’s aviation analysis portfolio, actions taking locations at NASA facilities, and their private experiences as leaders.

In case you’re fascinated with the way forward for aviation—supersonic flight, superior air mobility, and a lot extra—come see us at Oshkosh!

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