2019 Tour to Oshkosh.
This year we are going to fly over to USA in Air New Zealand's dreamliner 787. on 19th July .
First off we are intending to visit Dayton Ohio. A visit to the USA Air Force Museum is a must. It is the largest & oldest military aviation museum in the world. On display are 360 aircraft & missiles.starting from the Wright brothers right through to the space age.
We fly on up to Oshkosh to begin an amazing week of aviation at the EAA AirVenture. We will stay at the University of WIsconsin right in Oshkosh with air conditioned accommodation. Bus passes make it easy to go in and out to the AirVenture site each day. Thousands of aircraft will be on display including Homebuilts, vintage, and veetran aircraft, ultra lights microlights, helicopters, warbirds, military aircraft as well. the thousands of private aircraft which are flown in to make it a great convention. During the week you may attend many workshops & forums which run continuously. A short bus ride takes you out to Winnebago Lake edge to see the amphibian aircraft at the seaplane base. A flight in the Ford Tri-motor gives a wonderful view of the whole area. Helicopter rides are available too and also a flight in the B-17 bomber. If you get a wet or very hot day a visit to the Museum is really amazing. A free entryis included with your AirVenture entrance fees. Of course there are many talks from aviators of the past and present at the Theatre in the Woods and also in the Museum..
The airshow takes place every afternoon and two really amazing night airshows can be seen on Wednesday & Saturday. Because of the size of the show, be prepared to walk a good distance although you can enjoy the rides on the John Deere drawn trollies which take you to various areas around the show.
At the Fly market you can find tools, old nuts & bolts or manuals of aircraft and lots of aviation memorabilia.. Four huge hangars house of aviation companies selling products and accessories that you may wish to purchase. Companies also have their aircraft on display around the grounds. EAA have their own shops too so come prepared to return with tee shirts & caps to mark the occasion of your visit.
After 7 nights here we will make our way back to Chicago visiting Harley Davidson Museum at Milwaukee on the way to O'Hare airport at Chicago. Those returning home can fly back from here to New Zealand, the rest of us will fly over to the West Coast to Portland Oregon. Here we will visit the Van's factory, WAAM Museum and the Evergreen Museum where the Spruce Goose is hosed in all its glory among other aircraft.
Next stop will be in Seattle where we will visit the Boeing Factory , the Museum of Flight, and .Paul Allen's collection of aircraft and military vehicles. Just for something completely different we will have a Lock Cruise from the Lake down to the open sea. The view from up the Columbus tower is amazing, the Underground Tour and the Chihuly Glass garden is a spectacular and colourful exhibit .
The main tour finishes after Seattle. If you would like to extend your holiday, tours can be arranged to Canada, or take an Alaskan Cruise, or wherever you wish to visit.