SIGN OFF

Fly­ing staff pho­tog­ra­pher Jon Whit­tle cap­tured the buoy­ant at­mos­phere at this year’s Oshkosh.

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It was an Air­ven­ture for the record books. The Ex­per­i­men­tal Air­craft As­so­ci­a­tion an­nounced that around 590,000 peo­ple at­tended Oshkosh in July, an in­crease of about 5 per­cent over an ex­cep­tional 2016 show. Air­craft park­ing and camp­ing sites filled up fast and stayed at ca­pac­ity for five days, some­thing that had never hap­pened be­fore, says EAA CEO Jack Pel­ton. More than 10,000 air­craft ar­rived at Wittman Re­gional Air­port, where there was an av­er­age of 123 take­offs and land­ings per hour over a 10-day pe­riod from July 21-30. Of the 3,000 show planes, the sleek B-1

bomber parked in Boe­ing Plaza was among the most popular, and pho­to­genic.

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