EAA AirVenture Celebrates Many Milestones This Year

The nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of
the moon landing this weekend, and that celebration will also be coming to EAA
AirVenture this week in Oshkosh. EAA Spokesman Dick Knapinski says one of the astronauts
that took part in the historic Apollo 11 mission 50 years ago will be at AirVenture
this week. “Michael Collins, the pilot of the Command Module that circled the
moon while Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong landed on the surface, he will be
here to talk about the space program and what that was like – those heady days
heading into that first moon landing, and what’s the future of space exploration
for America and for the world,” Knapinski said. Joining Collins at EAA will be
fellow Apollo astronaut Joe Engle. Collins and Engle are scheduled to speak on
Friday evening.

The 50th anniversary of the moon landing isn’t
the only aviation milestone that will be celebrated at EAA this year. AirVenture
is also celebrating the 75th anniversary of “D-Day” and the 50th
anniversary of the Boeing 747 in 2019. This year also marks the 50th
consecutive year that AirVenture has been held in Oshkosh.

See a full list of highlights for this year’s AirVenturehere.