Southwest Airlines To Participate Oshkosh Air Show


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Southwest Airlines To Participate Oshkosh Air Show

Jim Douglas

July 15, 2010 – Southwest Airlines and the EAA announced the carrier's participation in this year's Air Venture air show to be held in Oshkosh, WI from July 26 until August 1. The annual air show, which draws more than 550,000 visitors from 75 countries each year, is the world's premier aviation enthusiast event.  

The highlight of Southwest's participation will be the arrival of one of the airline's Boeing 737-700 aircraft on Saturday, July 31. The aircraft will feature a unique decal and will be open for tours throughout the day to Air Venture visitors.  

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh (formerly The EAA Annual Convention and Fly-In) is America's largest annual gathering of aviation enthusiasts held each summer at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.


The event is presented by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), a national and international organization based in Oshkosh. The airport's control tower is the busiest control tower in the world during the gathering.

"Southwest Airlines is honored to participate in the greatest aviation event in the world," said Chuck Magill, Southwest's Vice President of Flight Operations. "Besides being the ultimate aviation event in the world, Air Venture is the largest event in Wisconsin, and our participation reflects our excitement to be a part of the great state of Wisconsin through our service to Milwaukee."  

In addition to participating in the 2010 Air Venture, Southwest is helping the EAA with its goal of spreading passion about aviation. The organization's Young Eagles program brings aviation to young people, and to raise money for this program, the EAA is raffling an airplane. For as little as $1 a chance, someone could win an Aviat Husky with some impressive add-ons, or a number of other great prizes. All proceeds go to EAA initiatives to light the spark of aviation in youth.  

EAA was founded in 1953 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as an organization for people who were building or restoring their own recreational aircraft. Homebuilding is still a large part of EAA but the organization has grown over the years to include almost every aspect of recreational aviation and aeronautics.


The first EAA fly-in was held in 1953 in Hales Corners, Wisconsin (near Milwaukee). In 1959, EAA fly-in moved to Rockford, Illinois. When it outgrew its facilities at the Rockford airport, the EAA fly-in moved to Oshkosh, Wisconsin in 1970. For many years the official name of the event was The EAA Annual Convention and Fly-In. In 1998 the name was changed to AirVenture Oshkosh. But many regular attendees still refer to it as The Oshkosh Airshow or just Oshkosh.


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