Organizer: EAA attendance up 5-6 percent this year

Posted: Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 --- 5:52 p.m.

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) -- Organizers say attendance at this year's EAA AirVenture topped 500,000 people, representing an increase of 5 to 6 percent from last year.

The Experimental Aircraft Association's annual AirVenture drew aviation enthusiasts from 69 countries, including Canada, Australia and Brazil.

EAA Chairman Jack Pelton said Tuesday the attendance was helped by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, who made their first appearance at an EAA event.

The convention featured daily air shows that include everything from aerobatic feats to warbirds.

Pelton says there were more than 2,600 show planes, this year, about 310 more than last year.

He says they included about 1,000 homebuilt aircraft, 1,050 vintage planes, 300 warbirds, 120 ultralights and light-sport aircraft and 90 seaplanes. There were also eight hot-air balloons.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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