EAA AirVenture 2018 Sets RecordsJohn Morris July 31, 2018
This year’s EAA AirVenture, the 49th to be held at Oshkosh, Wisconsin, set several new records including attendance of 601,000, up nearly 2% from the year before, despite the absence of a major jet aerobatic display team (the Blue Angels performed in 2017).
More than 10,000 aircraft arrived at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh and other airports in east-central Wisconsin. At Wittman alone, there were 19,588 aircraft operations from July 20-30, an average of approximately 123 takeoffs/landings per hour during daylight, making it the busiest airport in the world over that period.
Many attendees paid for aircraft rides during the show: 2,800 flew aboard EAA’s two Ford Tri-Motors, while 3,032 rode EAA’s Bell 47 helicopters and 680 flew in EAA’s B-17 bomber "Aluminum Overcast."
The show attracted 867 commercial exhibitors and generated $170 million in business for the surrounding area, based on a 2017 University of Wisconsin Oshkosh economic impact study.